Industrial and Systems Engineering
Dwight Look College of Engineering, Texas A&M University
Home > Research > Annual Research Report 2007

Faculty Accolades

Yu Ding has been promoted to associate professor with tenure effective September 1. Ding received his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan in 2001. He joined the department as an assistant professor that same year. His research interests are in the optimal utilization of complex sensing systems for improving the quality of products, processes, and services. Ding is director of the Advanced Metrology Lab, created to support research and education in that area. He is also the inaugural holder of the Donna and Jim Furber ’64 Faculty Fellowship.

Gary Gaukler, assistant professor, has the top-selling supply-chain management/industrial engineering dissertation, according to an annual ranking of academic theses and dissertations by ProQuest. Gaukler’s dissertation, “RFID in Supply Chain Management,” was also ranked the most popular dissertation across all engineering fields as well as the fifth-best selling dissertation overall. Gaukler wrote the dissertation while a graduate student in the Department of Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University. His advisor was professor Warren H. Hausman. Gaukler joined the Texas A&M faculty in 2005.

Assistant professor Kiavash Kianfar joined the Industrial and Systems Engineering faculty in 2007. Kianfar’s Ph.D. is from North Carolina State University. His areas of research interest include the theory and application of mathematical programming. His recent research has been focused on valid inequalities for mixed integer programming problems. He has also done research on the application of mathematical programming, computer simulation, and stochastic models in production and healthcare systems. Kianfar teaches courses in optimization and mathematical programming.

Assistant professor Halit Üster, chapter advisor for the student INFORMS chapter at Texas A&M, was presented with the Moving Spirit Award by INFORMS for his service to the chapter. The award was presented at the 2007 Annual Meeting in Seattle.

Professor Martin Wortman was named 2007 Dwight Look College of Engineering Faculty Fellow for contributions to the Engineering Program including classroom instruction, scholarly activities and professional service.