Graduate Research Symposium

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Welcome to the Industrial and Systems Engineering Graduate Research Symposium (ISE-GRS). This unique student organized, annual event since 2006, is where Industrial and Systems Engineering graduate students present their research in front of not only their peers, but guests and members of industry.  Students can learn stat-of-the-art research in progress and present their significant ongoing research in the fields of Industrial and Systems Engineering.  Research experience and productivity are key to success as a graduate student. We aim to develop a community where all students have access to cutting-edge research and academic discussion and communication.  Additionally, we are devoted to expanding our students' outlook and their career development during the annual symposium.

We invite all engineering graduate students to join us to explore and discover new frontiers.  Our goal is to create priceless experiences for all participants, speakers, and guests.  We look forward to seeing you at future symposia!

This year's symposium, will be:

Monday, October 15, 2018

Student Center Building
5221 Gullen Mall
Detroit, MI 48202


2018 Keynote Speakers:

Rich Strader

Rich Strader
Vice President, Mobility Platforms & Products
Ford Motor Company

Rich Strader is Vice President, Mobility Platforms and Products at Ford Motor Company. In this role, he is responsible for supporting and delivering IT services that enable Mobility, Connected Vehicle, the Connected Consumer Experience and Data Analytics across the enterprise. His team is engaged in research, experimentation and delivery of this work. Prior to this, Rich was Director, Ford Technology Services of India (FTSI) & AD Delivery Operations.  In these roles, he was responsible for all of the FTSI strategic initiatives, personnel development and application delivery for several portfolios. Rich was previously Ford's Director of IT Strategy and Security.  Before this, he was the CIO at Volvo Car Corporation where his responsibilities included all aspects of IT operations and management of the separation of IT services from Ford Motor Company following the divestiture.  Previously, Rich was Senior Manager of Ford's In-Vehicle Systems team where his group delivered the security architecture, connected services and several features to the SYNC platform for Ford. Prior to this, Rich has held a number of other roles at Ford Motor Company.  He holds a B.S. in Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan.  Outside of work, Rich enjoys playing soccer, scuba diving and spending time with his family.


Sam Phillips

Sam Phillips
Industry Solution Specialist
Cisco Systems, Inc.

Sam Phillips is the Industry Solution Specialist for Cisco and is responsible for driving the creation and overall ownership of Cisco's Global Industry Workgroups. He serves as a single, global conduit between the BE's and world-wide sales to deliver documented, sellable industry solutions for Cisco's global sales force. He was previously an executive for EDS (HP) and was also part of the business Intelligence and analytics applications group at Information Builders. He also has decades of experience with Ford Motor Company, Croda Chemicals, and British Leyland. He possess a master's degree in Engineering Management from Wayne State University and an undergraduate degree in mechanical and production Engineering.


Important Due Dates:

  • Registration available starting: September 1st
  • Abstract Submission Due Date: Monday, September 17th
  • Reviewer Feedback for Abstract: Friday, September 21st
  • Final Submission of Posters Documents: Thursday, October 4th
  • Final Submission of Presentations: Monday, October 8th
  • Last Day to Register: Friday, October 12th

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