SIE gained two new faculty members in fall 2018: Hongyue Jin and Mohammed Shafae.
Jin, who is joining the faculty as an assistant professor, completed her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in industrial engineering at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, and then headed to Purdue University to earn her doctoral degree in the same subject.
Her research lies at the intersection of industrial engineering and environmental science, with a focus on techno-economic analysis, life cycle assessment and reverse logistic optimization for critical earth elements like lithium and cobalt. She said the stars aligned when she found out the UA SIE department wanted to expand its focus into environmental areas.
After earning his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in production engineering at the University of Alexandria in Egypt, Shafae earned master’s and doctoral degrees in systems and industrial engineering at Virginia Tech. Now, he’s joining SIE as an assistant professor.
His research focuses on developing data analytics methods and improved security measures for smart manufacturing systems, which are becoming increasing integrated via the “internet of things.”
Shafae said he applied to jobs at dozens of universities, but the UA was the only university that was strategic about looking for researchers in key, up-and-coming areas like his, cyberphysical security.