The Grado Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering has named Xiaoyu Chen as the Doctoral Student of the Year and Rongxuan Wang as Master's student of the Year.

To qualify for each award, the student had to be in good standing with both the ISE department and the university and have a minimum GPA of 3.5.  Award winners were selected based on demonstrated contributions to service, leadership, teaching, and research.

Both students were recognized at the ISE Honors and Awards Banquet on April 22, 2019 at the Inn at Virginia Tech. 


Xiaoyu Chen

Xiaoyu Chen is a fourth year Ph.D. student advised by Dr. Ran Jin. He has worked with Dr. Jin in the Data Science and Visualization Lab since 2015. He has broad research interests in human-machine collaborations with applications in smart manufacturing visualization, data analytics and computation.

Xiaoyu is a student member of INFORMS Quality, Statistics, and Reliability section and IEEE. He currently serves as public communications officer for INFORMS QSR and treasurer for the INFORMS Virginia Tech student chapter.

Xiaoyu received a bachelor’s of engineering degree from the School of Optoelectronics at Beijing Institute of Technology in China in 2015. His personal interests include singing, traditional Chinese medicine, and pencil sketching.

Rongxuan Wang

Rongxuan Wang joined Virginia Tech as a master’s student in ISE in Fall 2017. He works in the Smart Manufacturing Analytics Research & Technology Lab as a graduate research assistant under Dr. James Kong. His research interests include the post-processing, online sensing, and quality control of metal additive manufacturing (also known as metal 3D printing). Rongxuan is currently involved in an Office of Naval Research project and responsible for developing a multi-dimensional sub-micron level online sensing platform. 

Rongxuan is currently the webmaster of the INFORMS Virginia Tech student chapter and will serve as the president of the chapter in the next academic year. He also served as a graduate research mentor for 5 groups of undergraduate students on robotics related projects. 

Rongxuan graduated from Purdue University in mechanical engineering, with a concentration in fluid mechanics. He likes to travel, collect antiques, and is a licensed pilot.

He will be continuing as a Ph.D. student in Industrial and Systems Engineering at Virginia Tech in Fall 2019.