Recent grants and awards

VA T 21 projects

Please join the ISE Department in congratulating Dr. Kai Yang for receiving $400,000 of new funding for projects under the VA T21 initiative. These four projects are:

  1. RTLS – IVN Interface Module (FIP - Facility Independent Protocol)
  2. Enhancement and Expansion of IVN with OR Operations and SPD Practices
  3. Implementation of IVN in Ann Arbor VAMC
  4. Patient Discharge Process Non-Compliance and Re-admission Reduction

Each project will receive $100k/year, for a total of $400k/year of new funding starting in May 2011.

T 21 is an VA initiative directed by Secretary of Veteran Affairs, Eric Shinseki to transform VA in the 21st century.

All 4 nationwide VERCs submitted proposals. Our VERC received six of the 11 available funded projects.

VA national project

The Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering has been awarded a $600,000 grant as a part of VA National project.

The award entitled "Analysis of Predictors and Development of Scheduling Models and Best Practices to reduce Missed Opportunities," will be jointly performed by the Katz Business School of University of Pitssburg and ISE of WSU, under the coordination of VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System Veterans Engineering Resource Center - VAPHS-VERC, as well as VISN 11 VA CASE.

The PIs for WSU are Kai Yang and Alper Murat.

This awarded is credited to the development of the "no show" model paper by Adel Alaeddini, Kai Yang and Susan Yu that received the best paper award at the last Industrial Engineering Research Conference.

Please join us in congratulating Drs. Yang and Murat.

IIE transactions best paper award

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Qingyu Yang, whose paper listed below has been awarded the Best Paper Prize of IIE Transactions on Quality and Reliability Engineering this year. The award will be announced at the Monday morning welcome ceremonies at the coming IERC in Reno, Nevada. The research work is invited to be presented at the same conference.

"Sensor System Reliability Modeling and Analysis for Fault Diagnosis in Multistage Manufacturing Processes," Yang, Q. and Chen, Y., IIE Transactions on Quality and Reliability Engineering, vol.41, pp 819-830. 

MINDSET cover article in OR/MS Today

The ISE Department would like to congratulate Dr. Kenneth Chelst for his cover feature article in OR/MSToday (August 2010 Issue) entitled "When will I ever use this stuff?" highlighting his MINDSET project. PROJECT MINDSET is a $3 million NSF-funded project designed to develop, implement and evaluate a two-semester course for high school seniors based on the mathematics of operations research and industrial engineering.

View a pdf of the article.

Or you can access the entire issue of OR/MS Today at

VISN 11 VERC – RME Proposals

We are pleased to announce that the three proposals on Reusable Medical Equipment to the VISN 11 VERC have been approved for funding in the next fiscal year 2010/2011. The total funding is $520,000. The project titles and PIs are:

  • Human Factors Based Process Redesign for Error Proofing of Reusable Medical Equipment Re-Processing by Kai Yang and Darin Ellis
  • Capacity Planning & Operations Management in Sterile Processing Department by Alper Murat and Ratna Babu Chinnam
  • Design Evaluation Method for Reusable Medical Equipment by Kyoung-Yun Kim, Leslie Monplaisir and Kai Yang

Pierskalla best paper award finalist at INFORMS

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Kai Yang and co-authors Adel Alaeddini and Susan Yu of the paper entitled "A Probabilistic Model for Reducing the Rate of No-Show in Hospital Appointments" that has been selected as the finalist for the Pierskalla Best paper award at INFORMS this year.

The Health Applications Section of INFORMS sponsors an annual competition for the Pierskalla Award, which recognizes research excellence in the field of health care management science. The award includes a $500 honorarium for the best paper presented in a Health Applications Section sponsored session at the annual INFORMS conference. The award is named after Dr. William Pierskalla to recognize his contribution and dedication to improving health services delivery through operations research. Dr. Pierskalla is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the Anderson School at UCLA and the Ronald A. Rosenfeld Professor Emeritus, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and serves as an editor on numerous operations research journals.

NSF I/URC planning award

The Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Department is pleased to announce that Wayne State University is now a planning research site for the NSF Center for e-Design with a planning award.

Thanks to Dr. Kyoung-Yun for his leadership in establishing the e-design center here at WSU.

The NSF planning award supports for Wayne State University to join the NSF Industry & University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) for e-Design and Realization of Engineered Products and Systems as a full university member research site.

The Center for e-Design is established to serve as a national center of excellence in design. Innovation and creativity are integrated with fundamental science, mathematics, and engineering principles in the development of new products and systems. The mission of this joint coalition is to create new tools, processes, and methodologies that will assist in generating higher quality products at lower costs, while also reducing the time associated with complex engineered products and systems. Three primary contributions of the center include: 1) fundamental research that focuses on creating methods, tools, and technologies to address modern industry needs by investigating four thrust areas: Enabling Information Infrastructure; New Design Paradigms and Processes; Design Optimization; Visualizing and Virtual Prototyping; 2) a research testbed that focuses on integration of interdisciplinary research to facilitate developed tools, methods, and technologies; 3) engineering education and technology transfers that focus on educating a new generation of engineers and scientists who can rapidly transfer results into usable applications for industry and government.

Thanks for the support of all faculty that contributed to this first step in establishing one of the NSF Center for e-Design here at WSU.

NSF CI award announcement

The CI-TEAM Demonstration Project is awarded by NSF and totals $250K for two years. The PI of this project is Kyoung-Yun Kim with Leslie Monplaisir, Ratna Chinnam, and Alper Murat as co-PIs. Collaborating institutes are Wayne State (lead), Penn State, and Oregon State.

The proposed CI-TEAM Demonstration Project: Collaborative Research - A Sustainable Product Development Collaboratory, will realize a collaborative e-learning laboratory for sustainable design and manufacturing—a Sustainable Product Development Collaboratory—for conveying sustainability principles in the context of product architectural design, manufacturing, assembly, and supply chain decisions across a spectrum of active learners (i.e., K-12, university, and practitioners).

Congratulations to Dr. Kyoung-Yun for leading this project.

2009 IERC best paper

The ISE Department would like to congratulate Dr. Yang for receiving the "2009 IERC Best Paper – Quality Control and Reliability Award."

The paper " Adaptive Sequential Experimentation Methodology for Response Surface Optimization' authored by Adel Alaeddini, Kai Yang, Alper E Murat received official notification for the prestigious 'Best Paper Award' for the Industrial Engineering Research Conference (IERC) in Cancun, Mexico.

In addition to appearing in the Honors and Awards program, his accolade will be published in Industrial Engineer magazine and posted on the Honors & Awards page of the IIE website.

Carolyn Dexter award winner

The ISE Department would like to congratulate Dr. Julia Gluesing whose paper "Scientific Mindfulness: A Foundation for Future Themes in International Business” (IM #10999) has been selected for the Carolyn Dexter Award Winner for 2010 by the prestigious Academy of Management.

The Carolyn Dexter Award is an all-Academy Award given to the paper that best meets the objective of internationalizing the Academy, being it sponsored by the International Theme Committee. This year, they received from the Academy of Management different Divisions more than 23 pre-selected papers.

It is a huge honor for Dr. Gluesing and her co-authors as it is an Academy-wide award. The Academy of Management is THE conference in the field of management and is attended by 6,000 - 10,000 scholars from around the world every year. This award is especially important to ISE as we continue to grow our Global Executive PhD program.


The ISE Department would like to congratulate Dr. Darin Ellis, Dr. Kyoung-Yun Kim and Dean Pichette for receiving a $200,000 award from the RT19 SERC/DOD to develop and implement modular teaching materials for systems engineering (SE) methods, practices and tools (MPTs), to develop student competencies in SE, and to increase awareness and interest among students in SE careers.

Dr. Bryzik from Mechanical Engineering is the PI on this project which will span approximately 19 months.

Systems improvement capability grant

In December 2009, the Veteran's Health Administration awarded the ISE Department with the Systems Improvement Capability grant. The ISE Department at Wayne State was one of 20 sites to receive this exclusive award, which will total $1.5 million over a three year period.

The grant was awarded in recognition of ISE 's commitment to developing a culture of learning, innovation, and improvement that will help take VHA to the next level of achievement and optimize care and services for Veterans.