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Graduate Program Alumni

The ISE department would like to recognize the achievements of our graduate program alumni! If you are an ISE graduate program alumnus/alumna, please fill out the VT ISE Graduate Program Alumni Form so you can be added to this page.

2020 - 2021

Seyed "Saman" Madinei (2021) Advisor: Dr. Maury Nussbaum
Wearability Engineer, Reality Labs Research, Meta, Redmond, WA. LinkedIn
Dissertation: Biomechanical Analysis and Modeling of Back-Support Exoskeletons for Use in Repetitive Lifting Tasks.

Nastaran Khalili (2021) Adviser: Dr. Navid Ghaffarzadegan
Research Fellow, FDA. LinkedIn
Dissertation: Analysis of Information Diffusion through Social Media

Manjot Singh (2021) Advisor: Dr. Blake Johnson
Scientist, IVIVA Medical, Woburn, MA.
Dissertation: Sensor-based Characterization and Control of Additive Biomanufacturing Processes.

Negar Darabi (2020) Advisor: Dr. Niyousha Hosseinichimeh
Senior Consultant, Booz Allen Hamilton, Bethesda, MD. LinkedIn
Dissertation:  A Multi-Level Analysis of Major Health Challenges in the United States Using Data Analytics Approaches.

Alexandria Noble (2020) Advisor: Dr. Charlie Klauer
Research Scientist, Center for Human Performance and Safety, Battelle Memorial Institute, Arlington, VA. LinkedIn
Dissertation:  Behavioral Adaptation to Driving Automation Systems: Guidance for Consumer Education.

Taylan G. Topcu (2020) Advisor: Dr. Konstantinos Triantis
Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Department of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering, the George Washington University, Washington, D.C. LinkedIn
DissertationManagement of Complex Sociotechnical Systems.

Guangrui Xie (2020) Advisor: Dr. Xi Chen
Scientists II, PROS Holdings, Inc., Houston, TX. LinkedIn
Dissertation: Robust and Data-Efficient Metamodel-Based Approaches for Online Analysis of Time-Dependent Systems.

2010 - 2019

Sophia Ulman (2019) Advisors: Dr. Maury Nussbaum and Dr. Divya Srinivasan
Assistant Director of the Movement Science Laboratory, Scottish Rite for Children, Frisco, TX. LinkedIn
Dissertation: Gait Variability for Predicting Individual Performance in Military-Relevant Tasks.

Kristine Cantin-Garside (2019) Advisor: Dr. Maury Nussbaum
Data Scientist, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Johnson & Johnson, Raritan, NJ. LinkedIn
Dissertation: Behavioral Monitoring to Identify Self-Injurious Behavior among Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Alireza Ebrahimvandi (2019) Advisor: Dr. Niyousha Hosseinichimeh
Data Scientist, University of Maryland Medical System, Greater Washington DC Area. LinkedIn
Dissertation: Three Essays on Analysis of US Infant Mortality Using Systems and Data Science Approaches.

Ngoc Nguyen (2019) Advisors: Drs. Ebru Bish and Douglas Bish
Prevention Effectiveness Fellow, Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Atlanta, GA.
Dissertation: Efficient Prevalence Estimation for Emerging and Seasonal Diseases Under Limited Resources.

Saloumeh Sadeghzadeh (2019) Advisors: Drs. Ebru Bish and Douglas Bish
Assistant Professor, School of Management, Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY. Profile Page
Dissertation: Optimal Data-driven Methods for Subject Classification in Public Health Screening.

Natasha Smith (2019) Advisor: Dr. Eileen Van Aken
Director of Enrollment Management, College of Engineering, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA. LinkedIn, Profile Page
Dissertation: Application of Systems Engineering Analysis Methods to Examine Engineering Transfer Student Persistence.

Fangzhou Sun (2019) Advisor: Dr. Subhash C. Sarin
Research Scientist,, Mountain View, CA. LinkedIn, Profile Page
Dissertation: Modeling, Analysis, and Algorithms for Some Supply Chain Logistics Optimization Problems.

Wenjing Wang (2019) Advisor: Dr. Xi Chen
Postdoctoral Scholar, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, Berkeley, CA.
Dissertation: A Dual Metamodeling Perspective for Design and Analysis of Stochastic Simulation Experiments.

Ahmed Elhabashy (2018) Adviser: Dr. Jaime Camelio
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Engineering, Alexandria University, Egypt. LinkedIn.
DissertationQuality Control Tools for Cyber-Physical Security of Production Systems

Hrayer Aprahamian (2018) Advisors: Drs. Ebru Bish and Douglas Bish
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Texas A&M University. Profile page

Mohammed Shafae (2018) Adviser: Dr. Jaime Camelio
Assistant Professor, Systems and Industrial Engineering Department, The University of Arizona. LinkedIn, Profile page
Dissertation: Advancing the Utility of Manufacturing Data for Modeling, Monitoring, and Securing Machining Processes

Mohammad Iman Mokhlespour Esfahani (2018) Advisor: Dr. Maury Nussbaum
Research Fellow, Department of Mechanical Engineering, the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. LinkedIn
Dissertation: Development and Assessment of Smart Textile Systems for Human Activity Classification.

Missie Smith (2018) Advisor: Dr. Joe Gabbard
Assistant Professor, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Oakland University. LinkedIn
DissertationInforming Design of In-Vehicle Augmented Reality Head-Up Displays and Methods for Assessment

Maryam Andalib (2018) Adviser: Dr. Navid Ghaffarzadegan
Data Scientist, Global Data Insights and Analytics (GDI&A), Ford Motor Company. LinkedIn
Dissertation: Model-based Analysis of Diversity in Higher Education.

Brady Redfearn (2018) Advisor: Dr. Joe Gabbard
Assistant Professor, Brigham Young University. LinkedIn
DissertationRapid Design and Prototyping Methods for Mobile Head-Worn Mixed Reality (MR) Interface and Interaction Systems

Saad Alabdulkarim (2017) Advisor: Dr. Maury Nussbaum
Assistant Professor, Industrial Engineering Department, College of Engineering, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. LinkedIn
DissertationAssessing the Relationship between Occupational Injury Risk and Performance: the Efficacy of Adding Adjustability and Using Exoskeletons in the Context of a Simulated Drilling Task.

Alba Rojas-Cordova (2017) Advisors: Dr. Ebru Bish and Niyousha Hosseinichimeh
Assistant Professor,  Dept. of Engineering Management, Information, and Systems, Southern Methodist University.

Alireza Sedighi (2017) Advisor: Dr. Maury Nussbaum
Senior Data Scientist, Socure Inc., New York City, NY. LinkedIn
Dissertation: Applications of Motor Variability for Assessing Repetitive Occupational Tasks

Hongyue Sun (2017) Advisor: Dr. Ran Jin
Assistant Professor, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, University at Buffalo. LinkedIn
Dissertation: Synergistic Modeling of Advanced Manufacturing Processes with Functional Variables

Maichel Aguayo (2016) Adviser: Dr. Subhahsh C. Sarin
Assistant Professor, Department of Industrial Engineering Department, Uiversidad de Concepción, Chile. LinkedIn, Profile page
Dissertation: Modeling, analysis, and exact algorithms for some biomass logistics supply chain design and routing problems

Armin Ashouri Rad (2016) Advisor: Dr. Hazhir Rahmandad
Data Scientist, Wise Systems, Inc.
DissertationThree Essays on Dynamics of Online Communities

Hadi El-Amine (2016) Advisors: Drs. Douglas Bish and Ebru Bish
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Systems Engineering and Operations Research, George Mason University.

Leily Farrokhvar (2016) Advisor: Dr. Kimberly Ellis
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Industrial and Management Systems Engineering, West Virginia University.

Fernando Gonzalez Aleu (2016) Advisor: Dr. Eileen Van Aken
Associate Professor, School of Engineering and Technology, Universidad de Monterrey, Mexico. LinkedIn
Dissertation: An Empirical Investigation of Crítical Sucess Factors for Continuous Improvement Projects in Hospitals

Oscar A. Herrera-Restrepo (2016) Advisor: Dr. Konstantinos Triantis
Evidera, LinkedIn

Heather Keathley-Herring (2016) Advisor: Dr. Eileen Van Aken
Assistant Professor, Department of Industrial Engineering & Management Systems, University of Central Florida
Dissertation:  Empirical Investigation of the Factors that Affect the Successful Implementation of Performance Measurement Systems

Nevin Mutlu (2016) Advisor: Dr. Ebru Bish
Assistant Professor, School of Industrial Engineering and Innovation Sciences, Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands.
DissertationOptimal demand shaping strategies for dual-channel retailers in the face of evolving consumer behavior

Corinna (Hui) Zhang (2016) Advisor: Dr. Christian Wernz
Research Professional, Becker Friedman Institute, University of Chicago, LinkedIn
DissertationModeling Multi-level Incentives in Health Care: A Multiscale Decision Theory Approach

Nasibeh Azadeh-Fard (2015) Advisers: Drs Jaime Camelio and Navid Ghaffarzadegan
Visiting professor, Industrial and Systems Engineering Department, Rochester Institute of Technology
Dissertation: Essays on Risk Indicators and Assessment: Theoretical, Empirical, and Engineering Approaches

Rajaram Bhagavathula (2015) Advisors: Drs. Maury Nussbaum and Ronald Gibbons
Senior Research Associate, Center for Infrastructure-Based Safety Systems, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, LinkedIn
DissertationEffects of Intersection Lighting Design on Driver Visual Performance, Perceived Visibility, and Glare

Mohammad Jalali (2015) Advisor: Dr. Hazhir Rahmandad
Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School
DissertationThree Essays on Systems Thinking and Dynamic Modeling in Obesity Prevention Interventions

Ehsan Rashedi (2015) Advisor: Dr. Maury Nussbaum
Assistant Professor, Industrial and Systems Engineering Department, Rochester Institute of Technology. LinkedIn
DissertationLocalized Muscle Fatigue: Theoretical and Practical Aspects in Occupational Environments

Hussein Tarhini (2014) Advisor: Dr. Douglas Bish
Assistant Professor, Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, American University of Beirut, Lebanon.

Bochen Jia (2013) Advisor: Dr. Maury Nussbaum
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering, University of Michigan - Dearborn.

Jung Yong Lee (2013) Advisor: Dr. Maury Nussbaum
Senior Engineering Reseacher, Product UX Strategy Team, Hyundai Motor Company, South Korea. LinkedIn
DissertationQuantifying the effects of experience on motor behaviors during simulated occupational tasks

Khoirul Muslim (2013) Advisor: Dr. Maury Nussbaum
Faculty, Industrial Engineering Study Program, Faculty of Industrial Technology, Bandung Institute of Technology, Indonesia. LinkedIn
DissertationTraditional posterior load carriage: ergonomic assessment and intervention efficacy

Nima Toosizadeh (2013) Advisor: Dr. Maury Nussbaum
Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering and Medicine, University of Arizona.
DissertationTime-dependent assessment of the human lumbar spine in response to flexion exposures: in-vivo measurement and modeling

Hongbo Zhang (2013) Advisors: Drs. Maury Nussbaum and Michael Agnew
Assistant Professor, Department of Computer and Information Sciences, Virginia Military Institute.
DissertationDeveloping and Evaluating New Methods for Assessing Postural Control and Dynamics

Lora Cavuoto (2012) Advisor: Dr. Maury Nussbaum
Assistant Professor, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, University at Buffalo. LinkedIn
DissertationEvaluating obesity-related differences in upper extremity and trunk muscular capacity

Sunwook Kim (2012) Advisor: Dr. Maury Nussbaum
Research Scientist, Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech.
DissertationDevelopment and Evaluation of Methods to Assess Physical Exposures in the Workplace using Wearable Technologies

Leanna Reardon (2012) Advisors: Drs. Maury Nussbaum and Michael Agnew
Industrial Process Engineer, Michelin North America. LinkedIn
DissertationThe effects of job rotation parameters on localized muscle fatigue and performance: an investigation of rotation frequency and task order

Ed Chamberlayne (2011) Advisor: Dr. Douglas Bish
Vice President, National Security Programs, WSP USA, Washington, D.C. LinkedIn
DissertationOptimal Evacuation Plans for Network Flows over Time Considering Congestion

Si Jung Kim (2011) Co-Advisors: Dr. Tonya Smith-Jackson and Dr. Woodrow W. Winchester III
Associate Profesor, College of Engineering, University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
DissertationAn Environmental User Interface (EUI) Framework to Convey Environmental Contexts In Interactive Systems Design

Dingding Lin (2010) Advisor: Dr. Maury Nussbaum
Research Staff Member, IBM Research - China.

2000 - 2009

Linsey Barker Steege (2009) Advisor: Dr. Maury Nussbaum
Associate Professor, School of Nursing, University of Wisconsin-Madison. LinkedIn
DissertationMeasuring and modeling the effects of fatigue on performance: Specific application to the nursing profession

Gyouhyung Kyung (2008) advisor: Dr. Maury Nussbaum
Associate Professor, Department of Human & Systems Engineering, Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), South Korea.
DissertationAn integrated human factors approach to design and evaluation of the driver workspace and interface: Driver perceptions, behaviors, and objective measures

Xingda Qu (2008) advisor: Dr. Maury Nussbaum
Professor, Institute of Human Factors and Ergonomics, Shenzhen University, China.
DissertationDevelopment and evaluation of postural control models for balance control and lifting motions

Deborah E. Dickerson (2007) Advisor: Dr. Maury Nussbaum
Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering and Myers-Lawson School of Construction, Virginia Tech. LinkedIn
DissertationEvaluation of Dust Control Technologies for Drywall Finishing Operations: Industry Implementation Trends, Worker Perceptions, Effectiveness and Usability

Laura Ikuma (2007) Advisors: Drs. Kari Babski-Reeves and Maury Nussbaum
Associate Professor, Mechanical & Industrial Engineering Department, Louisiana State University. LinkedIn
DissertationThe influence of multiple risk factors on WMSD risk and evaluation of measurement methods used to assess risks

Miguel Perez (2005) Advisor: Dr. Maury Nussbaum
Director, Center for Data Reduction and Analysis Support, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute. LinkedIn
DissertationPrediction of Whole-body Lifting Kinematics using Artificial Neural Networks

Yassierli (2005) Advisor: Dr. Maury Nussbaum
Associate Professor, Department of Industrial Engineering, Bandung Institute of Technology, Bandung, Indonesia.
DissertationMuscle fatigue during isometric and dynamic efforts in shoulder abduction and torso extension: Age effects and alternative electromyographic measures

Natalie Cherbaka (2004) Advisor: Dr. Russell Meller
Instructor, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech
Dissertation: Solving Single and Multiple Plant Sourcing Problems with a Multidimensional Knapsack Model

Hardianto Iridiastadi (2003) Advisor: Dr. Maury Nussbaum
Associate Professor, Faculty of Industrial Technology, Institut Teknologi Bandung, Indonesia.
DissertationLocalized muscle fatigue during isotonic and nonisotonic isometric efforts

1999 and earlier

Garry D. Coleman (1996) Advisor: Dr. Patrick Koelling
Executive Vice President, Transformation Systems, Inc. LinkedIn
DissertationEstimating the Impact of Third-Party Evaluator Training and Characteristics on the Scoring of Written Organizational Self-Assessments

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2010 - 2019

Julia Leeds (2019), User Experience Researcher, Dell Technologies, Austin, TX. LinkedIn

Rohan S. Devgekar (2017), Process Engineer, Plasser American, LinkedIn

Xu Duan (2017), Ergonomist, Tesla, LinkedIn

Nishant Jagetia (2017), Sr. Operations Research Analyst, FedEx Freight, Inc., Memphis, TN.

Siddarth Ponnala (2017), Human Factors Doctoral Student, University of Wisconsin-Madison, LinkedIn

Halil Dalipi (2016), Value Stream Engineer, Volvo Trucks, LinkedIn

Taylor J. Everson (2016), Logistics Engineer, Volvo Trucks, LinkedIn

Michale Forte (2016), Jacobs Engineering

Yazhe Hu (2016), Ph.D. Candidate, Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Tech

Abhishek Kar (2016), Operations Manager, Intel Corporation, LinkedIn

Suresh Malhotra (2016), Business Analyst, Product Quality Management, Amazon, LinkedIn

Tejaswi Mukkala (2016), Associate Scientist, Infor, LinkedIn

Shuyuan Liu (2017), Human Factors Doctoral Student, University of Wisconsin-Madison, LinkedIn

Alexia Fauls Pappas (2016), Cost Analyst, Technomics, Inc., LinkedIn

David Powers (2016), Associate Human Factors Engineer, Ximedica, LinkedIn

Arisa Pruttianan (2016), Human Centered Design Associate, Lextant, LinkedIn

Hyung "Zoey" Ryu (2016), Lextant

Cabin Samuels (2016), Engineering Cost Analyst, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, LinkedIn

Abhishek Srinivasan (2016), Manufacturing Analyst, FreshDirect LLC, LinkedIn

Vidya Srinivasan (2016), Procurement Specialist, Amazon, Indianapolis, IN.

Holland "Holly" Vasquez (2016), Teaching Assistant, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Toronto, LinkedIn

Lilianny Virguez (2016), Ph.D. Candidate and Research Assistant, Engineering Education, Virginia Tech, LinkedIn

Alan (Zilun) Xu (2016), Electric Motor Supplier, Jing-Jin Electric North America, LinkedIn

Andrea Ogilvie, P.E. (2015), Ph.D. Candidate, Engineering Education, Virginia Tech, LinkedIn

Rajalakshmi Kamalakannan (2015), Manufacturing Engineer, Schlumberger Limited, LinkedIn

2000 - 2009

Ravi Kant (2007), Director, Faith Immigration Services, Australia.

Navrag Singh (2005), Leader, Neuromuscular Biomechanics Group, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland, LinkedIn

Kris Hager (2003), Director, Worldwide Commercial Oncology, Bristol-Myers Squibb, LinkedIn

Greg Edwards (2000), Sr. Lead UX Researcher, AT&T, LinkedIn


Margaret A. Lanza (1999), Bosch Production Systems Director, Bosch, LinkedIn

Noris Torres Santiago (1998), Vice President, CIRACET Corp., LinkedIn

George Gardner (1997), Program Manager/Senior Engineer, Virginia Department of Transportation, Richmond, VA.

Bülent Sezen (1997), Professor, Gebze Technical University, Turkey.

Erol Morey (1989), Senior Analyst, The Joint Chiefs of Staff, Department of Defense, LinkedIn

Dona Chapman Snader (1985), Director, HR Operations & Analytics, CoBank, ACB, LinkedIn