The events are listed in reverse chronological order.

May 13, 2017 (Saturday) Immediately after the College of Engineering Commencement Ceremony at Torgersen Hall Atrium (1st fl.)

ISE Graduation Reception

This event is open to all faculty, staff, ISE students, family, and friends!

HFES Kickoff Meeting

May 7, 2017 (Sunday)  1:00 - 3:00 pm at 501 Sunridge Dr.  Apt. E

HFES Spring Picnic (flyer)

Nice weather…end of the school year…whatever your reason. Come join the VT Human Factors and Ergonomics Society at our annual Spring Wrap-up Potluck lunch!

Sandwiches, drinks, and desserts will be provided by HFES. All ISE faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to attend, please bring a side dish if you can!

April 29, 2017 (Saturday) 2 pm ~

Women in Industrial & Systems Engineering (WISE) End-of-Year Barbecue (flyer)

It’s getting close to the end of the semester, and we want to celebrate a great year with a bar-be-que hosted by Dr. Niyousha Hosseinichimeh. If you are interested in attending, please use this link to RSVP.  If you need a ride, please let us know in the survey!

April 27, 2017 (Thursday) 12pm at the Inn at Virginia Tech

Senior Symposium and Undergraduate Research Poster Session


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April 24, 2017 (Monday)  10 - 11:30 am at Lavery Hall 345

ISE-INFORMS Seminar: Dr. Aly Megahed (flyer)

Research Staff Member, IBM Almaden Research Center, San Jose, CA

"Data Analytics for IBM's IT Service Deals’ Solutioning: Methodologies and Practical Implications + Analytics and OR Applications in Cloud Computing, IoT, & Blockchain Technologies"

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April 24, 2017 (Monday)  4 - 6:15 pm at New Classroom Building 220

How to Get an Analytics/OR Industriy Job Interview and How to Launch Your Analytics Career? (flyer)

Dr. Aly Megahed, Rsearch Staff Member, IBM's Almaden Research Center

Want to know what analytics and OR skills are being sought after in the industrial job market?  How about soft skills? Want to know how to network, get interviews, and ace these interviews? Want to know how to launch your analytics career and enhance it?  Come attend this interactive workshop about launching your analytics and OR career, and get your questions answered.

April 23, 2017 (Sunday)  12 - 3 pm at Drillfield
**The rain location will be NCB 220**

ISE Spirng BBQ

Join us for food, fun, and prizes!  This spring social is open to professors, alumni, undergraduate, and graduates.  Hosted by Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE).

ISE Ambassadors of VT

April 21, 2017 (Friday)  5 pm at Drillfield

Relay For Life of VT: Torgy's ISE

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April 19, 2017 (Wednesday)  12:15 pm at Durham Hall 260

ISE-INFORMS Seminar: Dr. Shuai Huang (flyer)

Assistant Professor, Industrial & Systems Engineering, Univ. of Washington

"Smart Monitoring for Complex Diseases by Collaborative Learning and Selective Sensing"

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April 17, 2017 (Monday)  6  - 8:15 pm at Goodwin Hall 125

ISE Constructive Curriculum Review

The VT student chapter of IISE will host the annual ISE constructive curriculum review session.  This event allows students the opportunity to provide course feedback in an open forum.  For each course, students are given several minutes to talk: any instructors present are then given a brief opportunity to speak if deemed necessary.  Some ground rules will apply. Times are: 

2000-level courses: 6:00 - 6:45 pm
3000-level courses: 6:45 - 7:30 pm
4000-level courses: 7:30 - 8:15 pm

HFES Kickoff Meeting

April 13, 2017 (Thursday)  1 pm at Whittemore Hall 654

HFES Seminar: Mr. Jeremy Spaulding (flyer)

Founder and Principal, JMS Innovation & Strategy, LLC

Mr. Spaulding is the Founder and Principal at JMS Innovation & Strategy, LLC, a strategy and user-centered systems development firm with a focus on emerging business sectors, connected & autonomous vehicles, connected transport technologies, smart infrastructure, and internet of things (IoT). He has held key research, development, leadership, and design roles in several industries as well as academia. He founded and led an innoventure on the development and marketization of a lighting solution combing interactive media-based advertising with smart lighting technologies for the future retail experience. He has had a hand in vehicle design, wireless solutions, advanced gesture and speech-based systems, and intelligent vehicle technologies.

His seminar will be on the pivotal role that human factors plays in nearly any industry. This dialogue is a journey through a few industries – very large, legacy companies to very small, emerging industries. Human factors and user-centered design principles play a role across the entire value chain. The human factors (and systems development) discipline is a part of not only technology development, but business model development and new venture creation as well. This talk will shed some insight on his experiences with the role of human factors and future opportunities from an industry perspective.

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April 12, 2017 (Wednesday)  12:15 pm at Durham Hall 260

ISE-INFORMS Seminar: Dr. Onur Seref (flyer)

Associate Professor, Business Information Technology, Virginia Tech

"A Network-based Model for Conversational Components in Text Mining"

April 12, 2017 (Wednesday)  6 pm at War Memorial Chapter

Alpha Pi Mu Induction Ceremoney

Reception will follow at Durham 260 after the Induction.

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April 10, 2017 (Monday)  12:15 pm at Durham Hall 260

ISE-INFORMS Seminar: Dr. Stanislav Uryasev (flyer)

Professor, Industrial & Systems Enineering, University of Florida

"Buffered Probability of Exceedance (bPOE): Mathematical Properties and Applications"

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April 6, 2017 (Thursday)  4 - 6 pm at Goodwin Hall 125

Introduction to Python for Scientific Computing I

This is the first python workshop, organized by the INFORMS VT student chapter and sponsored by the ISE department.  This workshop is open to all ISE undergraduate and graduate students: you don't have to be an INFORMS member to attend. 

Please fill out the form for registration.

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April 6, 2017 (Thursday)  12:15 pm at Durham Hall 260

ISE - INFORMS Seminar: Dr. Andrew Johnson (flyer)

Associate Professor, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Texas A&M University

"Regulating Local Monopolies in Electricity Transmission: An Application of Shape Constrained Regression"

The Finnish electricity market has a competitive energy generation market and a monopolistic transmission system. To regulate the local monopoly power of network operators, the government regulator uses frontier estimation methods to identify excessive transmission costs, taking into account outputs and the operating environment. We describe the new regulatory system developed for the Finnish regulator, which is based on shape constrained nonparametric functional estimation and utilizes panel data to detect the excessive costs from random noise.

The literature of productive efficiency analysis is divided into two main branches: the parametric SFA and nonparametric DEA. A new method is proposed, Stochastic Nonparametric Envelopment of Data, StoNED, that combines the virtues of both DEA and SFA in a unified approach to frontier analysis. StoNED follows the SFA approach by including a stochastic component. In contrast to SFA, however, the proposed method does not make any prior assumptions about the functional form of the production function. In that respect, StoNED is similar to DEA, and only imposes free disposability, convexity, and some returns to scale specification. 

The main advantage of the StoNED approach to the parametric SFA approach is the independence of the ad hoc parametric assumptions about the functional form of the production function (or cost/distance functions). In contrast to the flexible functional forms, one can impose monotonicity, concavity and homogeneity constraints without sacrificing the flexibility of the regression function. Additionally, the main advantage of StoNED to the nonparametric DEA approach is robustness to outliers, data errors, and other stochastic noise in the data. In DEA the frontier is spanned by a relatively small number of efficient firms, however, in our method all observations influence the shape and level of the frontier. Also many standard tools from parametric regression such as goodness of fit statistics and statistical tests are directly applicable in our approach. This is collaborate work with Timo Kuosmanen of Aalto University in Finland.

Andrew L Johnson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Texas A&M University. He obtained his B.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech and his M.S. and Ph.D. from the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering from Georgia Tech. His research interests include productivity and efficiency measurement, warehouse design and operations, material handling and mechanism design. He is a member of the INFORMS, National Eagle Scout Association, and German Club of Virginia Tech. 

March 30, 2017 (Thursday)  6 - 7 pm at Goodwin Hall 115

Alpha Pi Mu 5 Year Out Panel

Alpha Pi Mu will be hosting our annual 5-Year Out Panel! Join us for a Q&A session with ISE alums as they share their experiences both at VT and in the real world. We will be having alums from a wide variety of backgrounds, including ones from Alpine Consulting, QubicaAMF, Kollmorgen and the graduate program in ISE. If you want to know anything from what they would've done differently as an undergrad to what life is like after graduation, come on out and bring your questions!

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March 29, 2017 (Wednesday)  12:15 pm at Durham Hall 260

INFORMS Seminar: Jia (Peter) Liu (flyer)

Ph.D. Candidate, Industrial & Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech

"Spatial Dirichlet Process Modeling based Statistical Control Scheme and its Application for Geometric Quality Assurance with Wafer Thickness Profiles"

March 23, 2017 (Thursday)  6 pm at Goodwin Hall 145

Alpha Pi Mu Undergraduate Research Panel

Come out to Alpha Pi Mu's Undergraduate Research Panel! Your fellow ISE students along with some professors within the department will be serving as panelists who all have experience in a variety of ISE research fields. The panel will be Q&A style so bring your questions and learn more about ISE's undergraduate research.

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March 22, 2017 (Wednesday)  12:15 pm at Durham Hall 260

INFORMS SeminarDr. Robert B. Gramacy (flyer)

Professor, Department of Statistics, Virginia Tech

"Practical Heteroskedastic Gaussian Process Modeling for Large Simulation Experiments"

Jack Levis

Jack Levis
Jack Levis

March 21, 2017 (Tuesday)  4pm at New Classroom Building 220

Ingersoll-Rand Endowed Lecture Series: Mr. Jack Levis (flyer)

Senior Director, Industrial Engineering, UPS

Mr. Jack Levis will speak about how UPS uses data analytics to achieve business advantage through optimization. In particular, he will share his experiences in implementing UPS’s award winning dispatch optimization tool ORION (On Road Integrated Optimization and Navigation), which is saving $300M to $400M annually, in part due to a reduction of about 185 million miles driven per year by delivery personnel.

“Through the marriage of technology, information, and analytics UPS reduces cost and improves services.  These advanced technologies streamline our business processes and ultimately benefit our customers.”

Jack Levis, Senior Director of Industrial Engineering, drives the development of operational technology solutions.  These solutions require advanced analytics to reengineer current processes to streamline the business and maximize productivity.

Under Jack’s direction, UPS has completed integration of multiple operations systems, requiring extensive system engineering and analytics provisions.  These systems ultimately synchronize the flow of data throughout UPS, allowing the seamless movement of goods, funds and information.

Jack has been the business owner and process designer for UPS’ award-winning Package Flow Technology suite of systems, a breakthrough change for UPS, resulting in a reduction of 185 million miles driven each year. 

His team designed UPS’ next generation of dispatching technologies which use advanced optimizations.  The world-class optimizations and systems, UPS ORION, On-Road Integrated Optimization and Navigation, has completed deployment and is providing significant operational benefits to UPS and its customers.  UPS estimates that ORION is reducing costs by $300M to $400M per year.

Having earned his Bachelor of Arts in psychology, from California State University Northridge, Jack also holds a Master’s Certificate in Project Management from George Washington University. 

Jack holds advisory council positions for multiple universities and associations, including the U.S. Census Bureau Scientific Advisory Committee.

Abstract of Presentation

Turning data into a business advantage through optimization is the goal of most organizations. The ever growing availability of data, along with expanding computing power and tools, opens the door to businesses gaining competitive advantage through analytical processes and skill.

For UPS, process reengineering, data management, and advanced analytics are core to performance improvement. 

Jack Levis, Senior Director of Industrial Engineering at UPS, will share his experiences and best practices to compete with analytics, requiring organizational support in the form of data, tools, and senior management commitment. Analytics takes the general forms of:

  • Descriptive analytics: Analysis of historical data
  • Predictive analytics: Prediction of probabilities of future trends
  • Prescriptive analytics: Evaluate new ways to operate

UPS has gone through a long evolution in moving up this analytical hierarchy which required organizational commitment and significant process change.  While many lessons were learned along the way, the end result has been reduced cost, improved service to customers, and a data driven architecture for the future.

UPS has seen a reduction of 185 million miles driven per year by integrating Analytics within its operations’ systems.  Its award winning dispatch optimization tool ORION (On Road Integrated Optimization and Navigation) completed deployment in 2016 and is saving $300M to $400M annually.

This presentation will show how UPS built upon a culture of engineering and quantitative analysis.  Those core competencies are the foundation of systems reengineering efforts that use advanced analytics and location information.  Examples of the changed processes will be presented as well as lessons learned from the journey.

Jack Levis is in demand as a popular speaker, and following is a list of a few of the organizations to which he has given presentations:

  • Transportation Research Board of the National Academies
  • United States Census Bureau
  • University of Cincinnati
  • Princeton University
  • Drexel University
  • Stanford University
  • Predictive Analytics
  • World Innovation Enterprise
  • Bloomberg TV
  • Connected World
  • NPR

March 19, 2017 (Sunday)  12 pm for lunch; 2 pm for Ice skating

ISE on ICE  - ice skating  (flyer)

The Diversity and Inclusion Committee presents to you "ISE on ICE". Come out to enjoy ice skating with the department! This is a great opportunity to sharpen up your skates, relax, take selfies and interact with new and old friends, professors and colleagues. The event is open to everyone, so please feel free to invite other students, friends, children and significant others.

Lunch: 12 - 2 pm at Red Robin Groumet Burgers  in Roanoke (map)

Ice Skating: 2 - 5 pm at Berglund Center in Roanoke (map)
$6 for ticket, $2 for skate rental

March 16, 2017 (Thursday)  10 am at Durham Hall 260

ISE Seminar: Dr. Charlie Klauer (flyer)

Research Scientist, VTTI

"Teen Drivers: Why Do They Crash and What Can We Do About It?"

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March 15, 2017 (Wednesday)  5:00pm at Surge Hall 117A

Lean Manufacturing: Applications in the Automotive Industry

Evandro Minato, Consultant and Professsor from Brazil

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March 15, 2017 (Wednesday)  12:15 pm at Durham Hall 260

INFORMS Seminar: Dr. Ran Jin (flyer)

Assistant Professor, Industrial & Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech

"Smart Manufacturing with Functional Data"

ISE Ambassadors of VT

March 14, 2017 (Tuesday)  6 pm~ at Whittemore Hall 518

ISE Ambassadors Info Session

Do you want to be a part of something special? Want to belong to an organization that is so involved with your department, your major, alums, the community? Come to the ISE Ambassadors Info Session and learn more about this rewarding opportunity!

March 2, 2017 (Thursday)  1:00pm at Durham Hall 260

ISE Seminar: Dr. Miguel A. Perez

Director, Center for Data Reduction & Analysis Support, VTTI

"Driven to Data? A case for Human Factors in Transportation Data Analytics"

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March 1, 2017 (Wednesday)  12:15 pm at Durham Hall 260

INFORMS Seminar: Evan Mullins (flyer)

Ph.D. Candidate, Industrial & Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech

"Considering Efficacy-Based Objective Functions for Dorfman Style Pooling using a Combo Assay"

February 24, 2017 (Friday)  2 pm - 7 pm at 1000 Degrees Pizzeria (map)

ISE Relay Percentage Night

Go and buy pizza from 1000 Degrees Pizzeria (460 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg), located near Durham Hall.  Proceeds go to Relay for Life!

HFES Kickoff Meeting

February 22, 2017 (Wednesday)  11:00 am at Whittemore Hall 518

HFES Seminar: Mr. Chris Rockwell (flyer)

CEO of Lextant, User-Experience Consulting Firm

"Design for Moments of Truth"

Mr. Rockwell is an ISE alum with a graduate degree in human factors engineering, and former Chair of the ISE Advisory Board.  He will share some of the latest principles in Design Thinking to understand people and information design.  He will also share insights from a career in experience design.

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February 22, 2017 (Wednesday)  12:15 pm at Whittemore Hall 542

INFORMS Seminar: Dr. Joel A. Nachlas (flyer)

Associate Professor of Emeritus, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech

"A Brief History of the Origins and Evolution of Operations Research and Its Realization at VT"

HFES Kickoff Meeting

February 18, 2017 (Saturday)  1:00 - 4:00 pm at Goodwin Hall main floor

Redesining the World Around Us (flyer)

Join us to explore four facets of Human Factors! Student Chapters of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) and American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) present an exhibit "Redesigning the World Around Us" at the Kids Tech University.

Safety: Play a where's Waldo-type game to identify multiple hazards and dangers in the working environment!

Technology: Watch a LEAP motion capture demo which participants can interact with! 

'Heuristics': Undergo methods of calculating Fitt's Law in pointing and interacting! 

Cognition: Use a Hololens to engage in multitasking gaming and experience multiple resource theory while playing an interactive demo!

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February 15, 2017 (Wednesday)  12:15 pm at Whittemore Hall 542

INFORMS Seminar: Arash Baghaei Lakeh (flyer)

Ph.D. Candidate, Industrial & Systems Engineering

"Contrasting Biomedical Research and Behavioral and Social Sciences Studies: Global Trends and Regional Variations in Studies of HIV/AIDS"

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February 15, 2017 (Wednesday)  7:00 pm at Surge Hall 118B

"What's the Scoop?" Ice Cream Social (flyer)

Are you interested in ISE or already in ISE and want to get more involved in your major?
Join IISE for ice cream and fun!

Dr. Ted Ralphs

Dr. Ted Ralphs
Dr. Ted Ralphs

February 13, 2017 (Monday)  10 am - 11 am at Durham Hall 260

Invited Seminar Series: Dr. Ted Ralphs (flyer)

Professor, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Lehigh University
Visiting Researcher, Zuse Institute, Berlin

"Multilevel Optimization and Game Theory: Applications and Algorithms"

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February 8, 2017 (Wednesday)  12:15 pm at Durham Hall 260

INFORMS Seminar: Wenmeng (Meg) Tian (flyer)

Ph.D. Candidate, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech

"Monitoring and Prognostics for Data-rich Manufacturing Systems: An Integrated Knowledge-driven Approach"

Torgersen Leadership Summit

February 4, 2017 (Saturday)  12:30 - 5:30 pm, Torgersen Hall

Torgersen Leadership Summit

The VT student chapter of IISE would like to invite you to the 2nd annual Torgersen Leadership Summit. This one-day event is a way for IISE and VT engineering students to not only honor the memory of Dr. Paul Torgersen as a great leader, but also give students an opportunity to gain new leadership experience and learn from leaders in their field. This year, Dean Don Taylor will serve as the keynote speaker. We will then have company and panel sessions, followed by a networking reception from 4:30pm. The reception allows students to network with our faculty, company representatives, and alumni while strengthening our VT Engineering community.

The session leaders are from General Electric, Deloitte, Nielsen, Walmart, local entrepreneurs, and distinguished engineering alumni

If you have any questions or concerns about this event, or the payment methods, please email

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February 1, 2016 (Wednesday)  12:15 pm at Durham Hall 260

INFORMS Seminar: Ngoc Nguyen (flyer)

Ph.D. Candidate, Indusrial & Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech

"Sequential Prevalence Estimation with Pooling and Continuous Test outcomes under Limited Resources"

HFES Kickoff Meeting

January 26, 2017 (Thursday)  1:00 - 2:00 pm, Durham Hall 260

HFES Spring Kickoff Meeting (flyer)

Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) is having its kickoff meeting this Thursday, Jan. 26th at 1 pm in Durham 260! Come out for free pizza and brownies and see what HFES does, what events we put on, and how to get involved.

January 24, 2017 (Tuesday)  6 pm~ at Surge Hall 104D

UPS Special Presentation

Ms. Roanna Burnell, UPS Industrial Engineering Learning & Development

In most companies, Industrial Engineers are not a revenue generating position.  In order to create value to an organization, Industrial Engineers have to find another way to contribute to the bottom line. How can we apply our Industrial Engineering skills that we learn in a classroom to make that difference in an organization?  And how can you as an individual create your own personal value that allows you to be respected and competitive? Ms. Burnell will present key points such as:

  • Your value to a company as an Industrial Engineer
  • How to increase your value
  • Developng a Critical Eye
  • Overview of the Engineering Development Program at UPS

So plan to attend this very reward presentation!

January 23, 2017 (Monday) 2:15 - 3:15 pm at Whittemore Hall 518
followed by Reception 3:15 - 4:00 pm at Durham Hall 260

Ingersoll-Rand Endowed Lecture Series (flyer)

Dr. Nick Sahinidis
John E. Swearingen Professor, Chemical Engineering, Director of Center for Advanced Process Decision-Making, Carnegie Mellon University

"The ALAMO approach to machine learning: Best subset selection, adaptive sampling, and constrained regression"