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December 31st, 2014

Fac. Position 1

Tenure-Track Faculty Position:
Data Analytics and Data-Driven Optimization
Industrial and Systems Engineering Program
Department of Integrated Systems Engineering
The Ohio State University
Philip Smith, Professor and Chair

The Department of Integrated Systems (ISE) at The Ohio State University, one of the nation’s top ten public universities, invites applications for a senior level tenure-track position focusing on data analytics, data mining and data-driven optimization (Associate Professor or Professor). ISE offers degrees (BS, MS and Ph.D.) in Industrial and Systems Engineering.

The successful applicant will build on the department’s long history of leadership in operations research and engineering statistics. The position is part of a University wide initiative in Data Analytics created in recognition of the fact that traditional approaches to decision making under uncertainty are inadequate when confronted with access to massive amounts of data, especially when such data become available over time. These challenges require core research focusing on domain independent modeling, data mining, simulation, data-driven optimization and decision making techniques that provide coherent solutions across a wide variety of application domains, as well as a focus on the challenges offered by specific application areas.

Preferred qualifications and expectations:  The successful applicant will provide leadership in creating interdisciplinary research teams, bringing together faculty within ISE and across the University with a focus on data analytics, data driven optimization, visual analytics, computer science and statistics, as well as faculty with a focus on specific application areas, developing new programs of research that have a tangible impact on the data analytics community. This faculty member will be expected to seek research funding from federal, state and industry sources, supervise graduate student research, and disseminate research results through high quality peer reviewed publications.  This faculty member also will expand course offerings in data analytics, data driven optimization, systems modeling and data mining at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

The search committee will start reviewing applications for this position on November 15, 2014.  The position will remain open until it is filled.

Interested candidates should submit: Complete curriculum vitae, separate statement of current and future research interests, statement of teaching philosophy, and contact information for five references electronically to the following email address: freitas.6@osu.edu.

Note:  This position is partially funded by Ohio State’s Discovery Themes Initiative, a significant faculty hiring investment in key thematic areas in which the university can build on its culture of academic collaboration to make a global impact.

The Ohio State University is committed to establishing a culturally and intellectually diverse environment, encouraging all members of our learning community to reach their full potential.  We are responsive to dual-career families and strongly promote work-life balance to support our community members through a suite of institutionalized policies.  We are an NSF Advance Institution and a member of the Ohio/Western Pennsylvania/West Virginia Higher Education Recruitment Consortium.

December 31st, 2014

Fac. Position 2

Tenure-Track Faculty Position
Visual Analytics and the Design of Cognitive Tools
Industrial and Systems Engineering Program
Department of Integrated Systems Engineering
The Ohio State University
Philip Smith, Professor and Chair

The Department of Integrated Systems (ISE) at The Ohio State University, one of the nation’s top ten public universities, invites applications for a tenure-track position focusing on visual analytics and sensemaking, human-computer interaction, data mining and the design of cognitive tools to support data analytics. All faculty ranks will be considered. ISE offers degrees (BS, MS and Ph.D.) in Industrial and Systems Engineering and its undergraduate and graduate programs that are consistently among the top programs ranked by USNWR, as the Department has exceptional strength in all major areas associated with the discipline. The Department also has an excellent track record for industry engagement and technology transfer.

The position is partially funded by Ohio State’s Discovery Themes Initiative, a significant faculty hiring investment in key thematic areas in which the university can build on its culture of academic collaboration to make a global impact. It is part of a university-wide initiative in Data Analytics, with ISE playing a leading role focusing on visual analytics and sensemaking. The position builds upon the department’s long history of international leadership in cognitive systems engineering, visualization and representation design, and the development of interactive cognitive tools that support data exploration, pattern detection and sense- making.

The successful applicant will be expected to excel at creating and participating in interdisciplinary research teams on problems in analytics with partners within OSU, while building upon the long history that the department has with successful collaborations that address data overload and distributed cognitive work in a number of different data-rich systems, including: aviation, cyber security, electric power, finance, military operations, intelligence analysis, and healthcare. This person will establish a strong research program, attract research funding from federal, state and industry sources, supervise graduate student research, and disseminate the results of such research through high quality peer-reviewed publications. Additionally, this faculty member will extend current course offerings in visual analytics, cognitive systems engineering and human systems integration at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, helping students learn to design interactive cognitive tools that support data exploration, pattern recognition, visual communication and sensemaking.

Interested candidates should electronically submit a complete curriculum vitae, a separate statement of current and future research interests, a statement of teaching philosophy, and contact information for five references to the following email address: freitas.6@osu.edu. The search committee will start reviewing applications for this position on November 15, 2014 and will remain open until filled. The search committee will start reviewing applications for this position on November 15, 2014. The position will remain open until it is filled.

The Ohio State University is committed to establishing a culturally and intellectually diverse environment, encouraging all members of our learning community to reach their full potential. We are responsive to dual-career families and strongly promote work-life balance to support our community members through a suite of institutionalized policies. We are an NSF Advance Institution and a member of the Ohio/Western Pennsylvania/West Virginia Higher Education Recruitment Consortium.

The Ohio State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.Applications from women and other underrepresented or minority groups are encouraged. Columbus is a thriving metropolitan community, and the University is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

 

August 19th, 2014

Walt Giffin

In Memorium – Walt Giffin

 

One of our esteemed past faculty members, Dr. Walter C. Giffin, passed away in July of this year. Walt was a professor in the ISE Department and authored three books in the field of Industrial Engineering.  His career at OSU spanned 1961 thru 1987, retiring from OSU and moving to Colorado where he assumed the position of Department Chairman for the University of Southern Colorado.  He touched the lives of many undergrads, grad students and faculty with his passion for teaching.

 

He was born April 22, 1936, in Walhonding, Ohio to the late Maurice and Ruth Giffin.  Walt was a graduate of Bucyrus (Ohio) High School (class of 1954) and went on to receive his Bachelors, Masters and Doctorate (1960) degrees in Industrial Engineering from Ohio State University. On September 1, 1956, he married his high school sweetheart, Beverly Neff (who survives).   He briefly worked for General Motors Corp. at their Tech’ Center in Troy Michigan, before returning to OSU to begin his teaching career.

 

In addition to Bev, he is survived by two children, Steve and Rebecca; four grandchildren; two great grandchildren; and his sister Vicki who resides in Charleston, W. Va.

 

Walt was an avid aviator. His father operated the airport in Bucyrus, where at the age of 17, Walt assisted in the restoration of an airplane and acquired his private pilots license and went on to earn his commercial and instructors ratings. Over the years he owned a number of airplanes, two of which were meticulously homebuilt.  

 

 

August 19th, 2014

MIP Workshop

International Workshop Shines Spotlight on ISE Research

 

Researchers from 12 countries, including Japan, Singapore, Chile, Italy and The Netherlands, were among the 100 attendees for the 2014 Mixed Integer Programming (MIP) Workshop hosted by The Ohio State University Department of Integrated Systems Engineering in July.

 

OSU Associate Professor Dr. Simge Küçükyavuz was invited by the organizers to serve as this year’s host for the workshop, which is held annually in North America. Küçükyavuz says the international event brings great visibility to the research being conducted at OSU.

 

“The students who participated in the workshop learned about the state-of-the art research in mixed-integer programming, and had an opportunity to meet and discuss their research with their peers at other universities,” she says.

 

Küçükyavuz says the program for the workshop is composed of a limited number of invited talks on recent work in the MIP field, and also features a poster session. OSU was well-represented with Küçükyavuz giving a talk on “Cut Generation for Optimization Problems with Multivariate Risk Constraints,” and posters presented by OSU Computer Science and Engineering Assistant Professor Luis Rademacher (“On Blocking and Anti-blocking Polyhedra in Infinite Dimensions”) and second-year PhD student Xiao Liu, who is advised by Küçükyavuz, (“Decomposition Algorithms for Two-stage Chance-constrained Programs”).

 

Dr. Ramteen Sioshansi, an associate professor for ISE and an associate fellow for the Center for Automotive Research, also served on the planning committee. The OSU INFORMS student chapter co-sponsored the event with ISE. OSU students Xiao Liu, Sayak Roychowdhury, Jangho Park and INFORMS President Hamed Rahimian assisted the committee, as well as ISE staff members Candi McCain, Judith Flickinger, Mike Zazon and Cedric Sze.

 

Industry sponsors included Gurobi Optimization, SAS, Google, FICO, GAMS, IBM Research, MOSEK, LINDO Systems Inc. and AMPL.

 

July 24th, 2014

New Computer Lab

 

New Computer Lab Designed to Meet Needs of Group Projects, Individual Students

 

For most ISE students, the department’s student lounge and computer lab are their homes away from home as they spend increasingly more time at Baker Systems.


Fortunately, the lounge underwent a much-needed renovation in 2012, while the computer lab awaited its turn. Last fall, ISE Department Chair Phil Smith tasked the OSU student chapter of the Institute of Industrial Engineers to develop a plan to re-create the lab space.

 

Led by IIE Director of Recruitment Rehgan Avon, a team of students, including Philip Wilson, Bret Mayer, Matt Foster, Joseph Francis and Jack Shroder, tailored a plan designed to achieve the following goals: 

  • Split the lab into group and individual rooms,
  • Modernize the space,
  • Increase seating and study areas,
  • Increase natural lighting and control temperatures, and
  • Add color and eye appeal to a currently utilitarian room.

 

Avon says they received about 90 responses to an email sent to the ISE student body requesting suggestions. The lab is currently divided into separate rooms and rather than knock down a wall, the students decided that having two rooms could work in their favor. ISE majors tend to collaborate on group projects, she says, so it was decided that one room should be tailored to their needs while a separate “quiet” room could accommodate students working on individual projects.

 

The next phase is to determine a budget for the updates with plans to renovate the space during the summer.

 

“We want to make sure every student feels comfortable in our building; Baker is our building,” Avon says. She says she appreciates the opportunity to utilize the project management skills she has learned at Ohio State, as well as the opportunity to leave an imprint on the university.

 

Illustration shows the suggested redesign of the ISE computer lab space. A group study lab is on the left, while individual stations are located in the “quiet” lab room at right.

July 1st, 2014

Conejo Joins ISE

 

Conejo Brings International Perspective on Electric Energy Systems


Antonio J. Conejo will join the Integrated Systems Engineering faculty spring semester where he will specialize in operations research and electric energy systems. He previously was a professor at the University of Castilla-La Mancha in central Spain and created a PhD program focused on operations research and electric energy systems.

 

He received his master’s of science degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a PhD from the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden. Conejo is an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Fellow.

 

At Ohio State, he will teach courses in optimization, stochastic optimization, electric energy system analysis and electric energy systems economics. He said he is looking forward to contributing “to the education of our undergraduate and graduate students with an interest in energy systems and decision-making tools, and helping to find better solutions to the challenging problems regarding a sustainable and clean supply of electric energy in Ohio and elsewhere.”

March 5th, 2014

Data Analytics

 

Data Analytics Courses Give ISE Students, Businesses an Advantage


To maintain their competitive edge, businesses are increasingly turning to big data analytics to predict trends and inform business decisions. The demand for the skill set prompted The Ohio State University Department of Integrated Systems Engineering to introduce an undergraduate Data Analytics and Optimization Track.

 

Judging by the response, students understand that the critical tools necessary for managing, visualizing and extracting useful information from big data will make them more marketable in their careers.

 

“We’ve received really great feedback from the students when they find out it’s being offered,” says Kristen Arra, coordinator of academic advising. “We’re giving them an opportunity to gain expertise in an area that’s really hot right now and they appreciate that.”

 

The Department can accommodate 10 students in the track each semester and received twice as many applications. Previously, students interested in data analytics signed up for computer science courses to gain experience. “Now, they have a formalized plan and course list to ensure competence in data analytics,” Arra says.