Means to an Advantageous End
Research for a Smart World
The following focus areas represent SIE research on large-scale, complex systems:
- Smart transportation and manufacturing logistics
- Space, defense and security
- Data analytics, informatics and machine learning
- Human factors and social systems
- Energy, water, environment and sustainability
- Health care systems
Students in the Spotlight
A paper written by PhD candidate Seunghan Lee and department head Young-Jun Son modeling human behavior in the wake of natural disasters won a Best Paper Award at the 2018 Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers conference.I met a lot of people from different groups who gave me valuable comments that will help me in my future research.
Mission to Space
Doctoral student Kristofer Drozd is working in SIE’s Space Systems Engineering Laboratory on software responsible for operating the spacecraft circumnavigating Bennu. NASA’s OSIRIS-REx project is the United States’ first attempt at returning an asteroid sample to Earth.The opportunity to work on a NASA-funded mission while obtaining a graduate degree seemed too good to be true. I am part of a mission that will directly enhance our knowledge of the solar system – all while still being in school.
Officer in Charge of Operations
Lt. Col. Matthew Dabkowski’s analytics procedures in model-based systems engineering, cost estimation and network science are changing how the U.S. Army does business. The director of the Operations Research Center at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, balanced his PhD studies with deployments to Iraq and Djibouti.My battlefield experience has made me more comfortable with uncertainty. And that has made me a better problem solver and a better researcher.
Christopher Utter, who earned his master’s degree in 2012, works as a research engineer and data scientist at Modular Mining Systems. He and classmate Paul Hoffer won the Best Research Paper award at the Intelligent Transportation Society of America Arizona chapter’s 18th annual conference.Getting to present our work was a great experience for both of us. To see that what we have done is valued in the real world – and draws the interest of professionals in this field – is very rewarding.
Shayan Khoshmagham, a data scientist with Iteris Inc. who earned his PhD in 2016, helped Acting College of Engineering Dean Larry Head create the Arizona Connected Vehicle Test Bed in Anthem, Arizona.I’m able to observe in the real world the impact of every single line of code and software I wrote. It’s a very good feeling to see how I can make a positive change to a real traffic system.
To Bennu and Back
Daniel Wibben, who spent his undergraduate and graduate years as a member of the team planning the OSIRIS-REx asteroid mission, is working for an Arizona-based company to help steer the spacecraft to the asteroid Bennu and back.Once we get to Bennu, we're going to be ready, agile and on our toes for whatever Bennu throws at us.
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