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Industrial engineering (IE) is about choices - it is the engineering discipline that offers the most wide-ranging array of opportunities in terms of employment, and it is distinguished by its flexibility. While other engineering disciplines tend to apply skills to very specific areas, Industrial Engineers may be found working everywhere: from traditional manufacturing companies to airlines, from distribution companies to financial institutions, from major medical establishments to consulting companies, from high-tech corporations to companies in the food industry. The BS in industrial engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET (http://www.abet.org). To learn more about Industrial Engineering’s Undergraduate Program ABET Accreditation, click here. Our department is the proud home of Pitt's Center for Industry Studies, which supports multidisciplinary research that links scholars to some of the most important and challenging problems faced by modern industry.

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Two industrial engineering students awarded IISE scholarships

Student Profiles, Industrial, Accolades

Two undergraduate students at the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering have been awarded scholarships from the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers for 2022-2023. Nicole Lipa and Gloria Givler, both seniors studying industrial engineering, are considered exemplary students by the department. The Institute of Industrial and Systems of Engineers scholarship program recognizes �graduate and undergraduate industrial engineering students for academic excellence and campus leadership.� To be eligible, students must have a grade point average over 3.4. Awards are valued up to $4,000.�Gloria has a near perfect GPA and is completing her third co-op rotation at Seegrid this semester," said Karen Bursic, professor and undergraduate program director for industrial engineering. "Nicole completed her co-op rotation at Connors Group this past summer and is studying abroad in Italy for the fall semester.� Nicole LipaLipa, recipient of the Harold and Inge Marcus Scholarship, recently finished her co-op at Connors Group, a management consultancy, where she worked as an analyst. On campus, she is the vice president of professional development for Pitt�s Society of Women Engineers. She is also involved in Incline Consulting Group, a student-run organization that offers pro-bono strategic and technology consulting to nonprofit organizations.�I would like to thank IISE and those who wrote my nominations: Dr. Jourdain Lamperski, Kaitlyn Washko, and Dr. Karen Bursic. I am looking forward to continuing my work in the industrial engineering and data science fields,� Lipa said.Gloria Givler Givler, recipient of the Dwight D. Gardner Scholarship, is in her third co-op rotation at Seegrid, an automated material handling equipment company located in Pittsburgh. She is also the mentorship chair for Pitt�s Society of Women Engineers and volunteers with All in PA to help students register to vote. She said she is honored to receive this award. �I would like to thank the scholarship fund trustees at IISE, along with the following people who nominated and served as references for me: Dr. Karen Bursic, Dr. Renee Clark, Dr. Michael Sherwin and Scott Shaffer.�

Drexel ELATES Leadership Program Welcomes Pitt Professor Lisa Maillart in 2022-23 Cohort

Industrial, Office of the Dean, Features

Lisa Maillart, Interim Chair of Industrial Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh, has been selected for the Class of 2022-2023 of Drexel University�s Executive Leadership in Academic Technology, Engineering and Science (ELATES) program. ELATES is a national leadership development program designed to promote women in academic STEM fields, and faculty allies of all genders, into institutional leadership roles.The Class of 2022-2023 ELATES Fellows is a prestigious cohort of 30 faculty members from over 25 institutions of higher education across the U.S. and Canada. The ELATES Fellows include experts in engineering, mathematics, and science, all of whom have significant administrative experience on top of their scholarly accomplishments. Maillart was nominated by senior leadership for this intensive, year-long program, which includes eight to 10 hours per week of personal and leadership development work as well as three series of on-site work in the Philadelphia area.Maillart�s research focuses on decision-making under uncertainty for medical decision making and healthcare applications, as well as maintenance operations. She was appointed interim chair of the Swanson School of Engineering�s IE program in April 2022. �I am honored to have been accepted into the ELATES program especially at this point in my career as I help to advance our industrial engineering program into its next century of growth,� Maillart said. �I am also thankful to the school leadership who nominated me and I look forward to joining with the ELATES cohort to enhance our leadership skills and transform our schools.�Other Swanson School professors who have participated in ELATES at Drexel include Melissa Bilec (civil & environmental), Anne Robertson (mechanical & materials science), and Judy Yang (chemical & petroleum). Facilitated by leaders in the fields of STEM research and leadership development, the ELATES curriculum is focused on increasing Fellows� personal and professional leadership effectiveness, from the ability to lead and manage change initiatives within institutions, to the use of strategic finance and resource management to enhance organizational missions. Pairing online instruction and discussion with intensive, in-person seminar sessions, the program encourages Fellows to apply what they�ve learned at their home institutions. Ultimately, it aims to create a network of exceptional faculty who bring broad organizational perspectives and deep personal capacity to the institutions and society they serve.Sharon Walker, PhD, executive director of the ELATES program and dean of Drexel University�s College of Engineering shares her excitement for welcoming the newest class of Fellows. �I am thrilled to welcome this talented new cohort of ELATES fellows as they join the community of distinguished alumnae who are committed to lifelong learning and leadership development. I am excited to see what impact they will not only have this year on their home campuses, but more broadly to the higher education STEM community in the future.�### 

IE Professor Joel Haight Honored as ASSP Fellow

Honors & Awards, Industrial

Originally posted by ASSP.The American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP), the world�s oldest professional safety organization, is bestowing the honor of Fellow on two longtime members who have made significant contributions to the occupational safety and health profession. Joel Haight and Pam Walaski are the 2022 recipients of the Society�s highest honor.�ASSP Fellows are influential leaders in safety and have played key roles in improving workplace environments as well as the profession itself,� said ASSP President Brad Giles, P.E., CSP, STS, FASSP, GIOSH. �The career accomplishments of Joel and Pam in helping to prevent injuries, illnesses and fatalities are a true inspiration.�Haight, Ph.D., P.E., CSP, CIH, FASSP, is professor of industrial engineering at the University of Pittsburgh, where he conducts research on topics such as human factors engineering, biomechanics and safety engineering. He has been an ASSP member since 1985 and served on the Society�s Board of Directors from 2018-21. Haight has published more than 70 peer-reviewed scientific journal articles, book chapters and proceedings papers.�Joel has contributed significantly to the evidence-based body of knowledge for the safety profession, evident through peer-reviewed published works and conference presentations conducted around the world,� said Kathy Seabrook, CSP, CFIOSH, EurOSHM, FASSP, past Society president. �One of his greatest accomplishments is bridging the gap between the disciplines of business, management, engineering and workplace safety and health.�Haight is editor of three editions of �The Safety Professionals Handbook,� a key resource for practicing safety professionals. He mentors students and helps them enter the workforce through his professional collaborations in many industries. Haight also provides consultation and training to businesses on process safety management, root-cause analysis and human factors engineering. His work has led to thousands of people being safer on the job.Walaski, CSP, FASSP, is senior program director for Specialty Technical Consultants Inc. and an adjunct faculty member for the Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) Safety Sciences Department. She will become ASSP�s senior vice president on the Board of Directors on July 1, serving as the Society�s president in 2024-25. Walaski is a published author and widely respected speaker and safety trainer who has been an ASSP member since 2003.�Pam is a national expert in risk management, and her contributions to the field are exceptional,� said Dr. Tracey Cekada, CSP, professor and chair of the IUP Safety Sciences Department. �Pam has made a positive impact on more than 200 students in the classroom who will become the safety professionals of tomorrow. Her class is demanding, but students rate her as excellent and say her real-life examples significantly help their learning.�Walaski is a driving force behind the expansion of the safety profession. She helped build a donation to the ASSP Foundation that exceeded $55,000 for recurring student scholarships through the Western Pennsylvania Chapter. Her trip to China in 2010 brought new colleagues into the Society while growing its diversity. And as an early adopter of social media, Walaski uses the platforms to broadly promote occupational safety and health careers.The new Fellows will be honored at ASSP�s Safety 2022 Professional Development Conference and Exposition, held June 27-29 in Chicago. The global event will bring together thousands of safety professionals to learn about best practices, industry trends and the latest product innovations in the occupational safety and health field.The honor of Fellow recognizes an ASSP member�s lifetime commitment, achievement and leadership in occupational safety and health. Nominees must have a history of major contributions to the profession for at least 15 years. To see the Society�s list of Fellows dating back more than 50 years, visit ASSP Fellow recipients.

The MAC Goes Global

Grants, Industrial

The University of Pittsburgh Manufacturing Assistance Center (MAC) is going global.The MAC, which is located at the Pitt campus in Titusville, Pa., will soon open locations in rural Tuver, India, and urban Lagos, Nigeria. �Our model at the MAC is to take people who are at the margins, people at the lowest tier of the socioeconomic ladder, and in six weeks, we get them jobs�not only jobs, but careers in manufacturing,� said Bopaya Bidanda, Ernest E. Roth Professor of industrial engineering and founding Director of the MAC. �This model has been so successful that now, folks in India and Nigeria want to replicate it.�The initiative recently received $60,000 from Pitt�s Momentum Funds 2022 Teaming Grant. The funding will allow Bidanda and his team to develop and conduct research to leverage the Pitt MAC platform in international locations. The team consists of faculty members from across Pitt: John Stoner in the University Center for International Studies, John Wallace in the School of Social Work, Ravi Madhavan in the Katz Graduate School of Business, and M. Najeeb Shafiq in the School of Education.�Our vision is to transform these communities with manufacturing,� said Bidanda. These centers help train people, provide jobs and create additional jobs. It helps serve as an economic multiplier to benefit communities around the world.�

Building for the Future: Lisa Maillart named Interim Chair of Industrial Engineering

Features, Industrial, Banner

As the Department of Industrial Engineering enters its second century at the University of Pittsburgh, its leadership is poised for new change and growth.Professor Lisa M. Maillart, PhD Student Recruitment Coordinator, will serve as Interim Department Chair effective July 1, according to an announcement by James R. Martin II, U.S. Steel Dean of Engineering. Maillart succeeds Professor and former Senior Associate Dean Larry Shuman, who will step into the role of interim associate chair.�Last summer the School engaged in a national search for a new Chair of Industrial Engineering while appointing Larry as interim chair and Karen Bursic (undergraduate), Lisa Maillart (PhD recruitment), Jay Rajgopal (graduate), and M. Ravi Shankar (research) as department coordinators. During that period, I have witnessed a stronger, more vibrant culture of collaboration as well a new sense of forward momentum,� Dean Martin said. �These individuals set to advance undergraduate and graduate education, recruitment, and research, while also developing initiatives that supported the school�s strategic plan.�Their work over the past year has helped to refocus department expectations and aspirations and so a mutual decision was made to pause the search and continue these visible signs of advancement under Lisa�s interim leadership.��I am grateful for the opportunity to serve as interim department chair. In concert with the Swanson School�s leadership and my departmental colleagues, I will lead the department forward in a consensus-driven way toward rigorous academic goals,� Maillart said. �Our department values an inclusive, collaborative, and transparent culture, and I will prioritize nurturing that kind of environment so that our faculty, staff, and students can flourish in their academic pursuits.�A graduate of Virginia Tech (BS, MS) and University of Michigan (PhD), Maillart has been a faculty member in the department since 2006 following an appointment as assistant professor at Case Western Reserve University, and leads the Department�s Stochastic Modeling, Analysis and Control Laboratory. In 2017 she was selected as a Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar to the Netherlands and serves as vice president of the Greater Pittsburgh Area Chapter of the Fulbright Association. She has executed multiple faculty searches; refocused PhD recruitment within the department; and served in officer positions in multiple INFORMS subdivisions.This year Maillart was accepted to Drexel University�s Executive Leadership in Academic Technology, Engineering and Science (ELATES at Drexel�) program, a one-of-a-kind professional development program for women in academic STEM fields. ELATES at Drexel is a one-year, part-time program that focuses on increasing personal and professional leadership effectiveness, leading and managing change initiatives within institutions, using strategic finance and resource management to enhance organizational missions, and creating a network of exceptional women who bring organizational perspectives and deep personal capacity to the institutions and society they serve.Maillart�s research focuses on decision-making under uncertainty for medical decision making and healthcare applications, as well as maintenance operations. Her most recent funded research includes "Optimization of Milk Bank Operations� (W.K. Kellogg Foundation) and co-participant in �Clinical implications of drug shortages during COVID-19 in the U.S. and Canada� (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality). 

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