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Sojung Kim Wins 2nd Place

Sojung Kim
Sojung Kim, a doctoral student of the UA SIE supervised by Dr. Son, has received the
2nd place award in the doctoral colloquium scientific poster competition
at the IIE Annual Meeting 2014 in Montreal, Canada for his work, entitled
“Dynamic Learning and Human Interactions under the Extend BDI Framework for Transportation Systems”.
The doctoral colloquium and poster competition are sponsored by
Council of Industrial Engineering Academic Department Heads (CIEADH). 
Former doctoral students in Dr. Son’s lab have received the same award in 2008 as well as 2009.

SOARizona Systems Engineering Scholarship $1000 Towards Professional Development

SOARizona (Southern Arizona INCOSE Chapter)
SOARizona Systems Engineering Scholarship
$1000 towards professional development

The Southern Arizona chapter of the INternational Council On Systems Engineering (INCOSE)
and University of Arizona Systems & Industrial Engineering Department are holding a graduate
level systems engineering competition. Any graduate student from any UA department who has
begun their thesis or report work is qualified to enter, understanding that the papers are
focused on applying systems engineering methods to solve a real business problem. The
competition is open on Sep 26, 2014 and will close on Oct 31, 2014 or when the first twenty
qualified entries are received. There will be one submission per student. The panel, consisting
of experienced practitioners at the systems engineering discipline, will score submissions based
on criteria below and the SOARizona board will have final authority on the winning submission.
The papers will be submitted with a password to protect your intellectual property, with
agreement from the panel to protect it as such. While there is no exact template or page count,
clear communication in a concise fashion is critical in the business world. Criteria will include:
*Clear communication and originality on solving a real business problem
* Demonstrated use of graduate system engineering methods
* Descriptive application of broad systems context and interface understanding

The scholarship will be provided as a combination of recognition through the SIE Department
and the SOARizona site, along with payment or reimbursement of professional system
engineering expenses up to $1,000. These expenses could include symposium registration fees,
travel and lodging expenses at event, professional membership fees, or publication and
presentation costs for the submitted project.

Selection Panel:
* SOARizona Chapter board members (two out of active board)
* U of A SIE Dept. faculty members (two out of tenured or tenure track faculty)
* Commercial sector systems engineer (volunteer from INCOSE membership)

For specific submission instructions and any questions, contact the SOARizona Scholarship lead,
J. Bryan Lail, at We require a response with name, contact information
and intent to submit by Sep 22, 2014, when we will provide final instructions on entering.

Engineering Senior Design Day

It is Engineering Senior Design Day!
May 6
10am to 3pm
North Ballroom AND The Mall!
Awards at 4pm.

For more info,
please read
Arizona Engineer article here

For a list of the winners, click here

Young-Jun Son named Fellow of the Institute of Industrial Engineers

IIE Fellow
Congrats Young-Jun Son!
Young-Jun Son named Fellow of the Institute of
Industrial Engineers.
Read the article from the Arizona Engineer here

Young-Jun Son Named SIE Department Head

Professor Young-Jun Son is the new head of the department of systems and industrial engineering at the University of Arizona.

Son, who joined the faculty of the SIE department in 2000, began his new role Jan. 20. In addition to being a professor of systems and industrial engineering, Son is a da Vinci Fellow, an Arizona Engineering Faculty Fellow, and director of the UA’s Advanced Integration of Manufacturing Systems and Technologies program.

Read the article in the Arizona Engineer here



Engineering Management Student Chi Chan was part of the winning team at BECUR

"A team of students won an award for the engineering category at the Biological, Engineering, and Chemical Undergraduate Research (BECUR) Conference hosted by the UA Biochemistry Club. The students presented their engineering senior capstone project, Microfluidic Devices for the Isolation and Characterization of Circulating Tumor Cells, to other faculty, student, and industry researchers at the conference. The project consists of designing, fabricating, and testing microfluidic devices for capturing tumor cells and being used as an alternative to current biopsies for detecting cancer in patients. The project sponsor is Dr.Yitshak Zohar, a professor for the AME/BME departments."

As pictured from left to right: Andy Trickey-Glassman (Mechanical Engineering), Chloe Loveridge (Biomedical Engineering), Crystal Li (Biomedical Engineering), Chi Chan (Engineering Management), Michael Binkley (Biomedical Engineering), and Cody Petrie (Biomedical Engineering)

Haitao Liao Awarded the 2014 Williiam A. Golomski Award

Golomski Award

Dr. Haitao Liao and Dr. Huairui Guo (ReliaSoft Corporation) were awarded the 2014 William A. Golomski Award from the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) for the best paper authored by a member of IIE, Quality and Reliability Engineering Division. Dr. Liao and Dr. Guo co-authored "A Generic Method for Modeling Accelerated Life Testing Data" and presented the paper at RAMS 2013. They were recognized with this honor at the 2014 RAMS conference in Colorado Springs, CO, on 01/29/2014.

Matthew Dabkowski Wins MORS Hughes Award

Matthew Dabkowski
Congratulations to
Matthew Dabkowski
for winning the
MORS Wayne P. Hughes Jr. Award.
In 2007, MORS established the Junior Analyst to recognize young
Analysts who are already making an impact on Operations Research.

Major (now Lieutenant Colonel) Matthew Dabkowski
has proven to be an outstanding young researcher and problem solver
for the United States Army and the Department Defense with
his significant contributions in a myriad of environments including
while deployed in Afghanistan.
He has published articles, developed new analytic procedures and worked
on significant problems to include the Army Force Design/Force Mix study,
the Boots on Ground Dwell study for Army Soldiers,
and a new assessment methodology for the International Security Assistance Force
in Afghanistan.
Major Dabkowski’s solutions have had a profound effect on Army force structure
and personnel management policies and will continue to do so for years to come.

Haitao Liao New President Elect

Haitao Liao
Haitao Liao has been elected as the new
President-Elect of the Quality Control
and Reliabilty Engineering Division
of IIE.
New Directors are
Kamaran Paynabar
and UA's Jian Liu.

Young-Jun Son Wins UA Award of Outstanding Mentorship of Graduate Students


"Young-Jun Son, a professor in the University of Arizona systems and industrial engineering department, knows what it takes for his students to be successful, and he has an outstanding track record for helping them get there. In fact, Son’s graduate students are known for winning top awards from their professional community and
establishing careers with highly respected companies and institutions. In three of the last four years,  Son’s students took home the Graduate Research Award from the Industrial Engineering Expo, and his former PhD students are employed at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, the University of Miami, Samsung, FedEx, and John Deere."
-AZ Engineering by Karina Barrentine April 5, 2013
photo credit- AZ Engineering

Congratulations to Professor Young-Jun Son!

To read the the complete article, please click here

University of Arizona College of Engineering