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  • ISE Works to Revitalize Our Economy
    with America Makes and associated partners but it pales in comparison to what happened next When President Obama arrived on campus in January 2014 everyone assumed that he was here to talk about economic development However his true objective was to announce that N C State was awarded this country s second IMI the Next Generation Power Electronics National Manufacturing Innovation Institute The institute will be funded by the Department of Energy DOE The total funding for the Institute over the next five years is 140 million Dr Harrysson was one of the principal investigators on the proposal that was submitted to the DOE which means that ISE s Laboratory for Additive Manufacturing and Logistics will be a key contributor to the institute s research efforts Along with other grants that Dr Harrysson received that same week the lab will be part of 3 5 million in research funding over the next few years Combined with equipment donations from last summer the Edward P Fitts Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering received nearly 4 5 million worth of support for additive manufacturing This opens unbelievable opportunities for students to be part of the additive manufacturing 3D printing revolution The grants announced in January come in support of three different projects each briefly described below Project 1 Automatic Finishing of Metal Additive Manufactured Parts to Achieve Required Tolerances and Surface Finishes Support America Makes Research Partners Iowa State Kennametal Fineline Prototyping CalRam John Deere Productivity Inc Advanced Machining Current Issue Parts that are created using the Direct Metal Additive Manufacturing AM process cannot be used directly due to the lack of dimensional accuracy and surface finish While most parts can be produced in an AM system within 24 48 hours it usually takes 4 6 weeks to do the finishing of just one component Proposed Research Project Develop a fully automatic finishing system that is highly software driven and guides the system through the process The goal is for this hybrid system to be used to finish any part regardless of the AM process used and the CNC milling machine that is available as long as a 4 axis configuration is present The hybrid system will accept a design file of the desired product and the software will plan the finishing by adding machining allowance to the required surfaces optimizing the machining approach and adding sacrificial fixtures and part supports The output file can now be used by an AM system to fabricate the geometry The next step is to place the unfinished part in a four axis CNC milling machine that is equipped with a laser scanner The part will be scanned to capture the exact volume as well as the exact orientation The scanned information is fed back into the software package that will automatically realign the machine axis with the part axis and automatically generate a tool path using a concept known as CNC RP Project 2 A Database Relating Powder Properties to Process Outcomes for Direct Metal

    Original URL path: http://www.ise.ncsu.edu/ingearonline/articles/ise-works-to-revitalize-our-economy.html (2016-04-25)
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  • Faculty Profile: Jason Low
    During his time at school Jason had the opportunity to complete three co op stints with computer company Data General and luckily for him that is where he discovered industrial engineering The experience would later define the direction that he would go after finishing his undergraduate degree So after graduation Jason started his career as a manufacturing engineer with Digital Equipment Corporation It was during this time that Jason s love for manufacturing processes grew and he realized that he would need an advanced degree to reach his goals Through a recommendation from a good friend who was already pursuing his master s in industrial engineering Jason came to NC State in 1995 and was later offered a research assistant position in the ISE Department as he continued to work toward his degree It was during this time that Jason made another discovery that would change the direction of his future While heavily involved in both research and developing the department s curriculum Jason realized the magnitude and quality of the resources available to him at NC State His surroundings along with the ability to reach out and mentor students lend Jason to accept a lecturer position in the department

    Original URL path: http://www.ise.ncsu.edu/ingearonline/articles/faculty-profile-jason-low.html (2016-04-25)
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  • ISE Loses a Good Friend
    of manufacturing operations made SPS Co Inc one of the most successful companies of its kind He retired in 1994 Hugh received his BSIE from NC State in 1955 He was a second generation engineer with a degree from NC State and in 1997 he established the first endowed professorship sponsored by a single individual in NC State s College of Engineering the Dean F Duncan Professorship in Mechanical Engineering in honor of his father BSME 1923 Hugh was selected as an NC State Distinguished Engineering Alumnus in the year 2000 and was an inaugural member of the ISE Distinguished Engineering Alumni in 2006 He and his wife Anne have also endowed a merit scholarship for undergraduates majoring in industrial and systems engineering since the year 2000 Since then their scholarship has provided financial support to 13 deserving students who share his passion for industrial engineering The Hugh Duncan Scholarship was very beneficial to me as I received no other sort of scholarships or financial aid I depended on it to purchase my textbooks for various ISE classes Without this extra scholarship money I would have struggled to pay the rising costs of textbooks said John Mauney 2012 2013 recipient

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  • Upwardly Mobile
    So as a junior I became an Engineering Ambassador to represent both my college and my department This experience alone opened many doors for me I have met many company representatives networked across the college and gained valuable skills through my two years in the program I gained confidence in being comfortable in my own skin the ability to speak in front of large crowds and leadership skills which have all given me an edge on the competition in today s tough job market This year I also served as President of Alpha Pi Mu chapter the only Industrial Engineering Honor Society Through this organization I have been able to make contacts with numerous company representatives that have come to recruit ISE students It has also afforded me the opportunity to connect with many of our department s faculty staff and students ranging from undergraduate to PhD Alpha Pi Mu has provided the opportunity to expand my leadership credentials further providing me with a competitive edge in the job market Additionally NC State s renowned Engineering Career Fair has provided ample opportunities for me through internships full time job offers and networking During my time here at NC State I participated in two different internship opportunities that I received through our career fair As an ISE career fair volunteer I was able to network with representatives from a multitude of companies While I was providing mints to these representatives they would talk with me and many would ask for my resume I wasn t even trying to schmooze This past fall was the scariest career fair of them all because I was looking for a full time job my first step into the real world Although a career fair of that size offers such opportunities it can also be quite

    Original URL path: http://www.ise.ncsu.edu/ingearonline/articles/upwardly-mobile.html (2016-04-25)
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  • All Hail the King!
    year such an unrivaled success The following are just some of the outstanding achievements from this year Dr Ola Harrysson will lead a team of ISE researchers as they work toward changing the future of energy distribution Three ISE faculty members received awards from such organizations as the Institute of Industrial Engineers IIE SME and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers IEEE and both undergraduate and graduate students received awards from IIE for their work with the Food Bank of Central Eastern NC This level of success does not occur without the support of alumni donors and friends of the department and many alumni attended the event for the first time in 2014 The night had its surprises as well Justin Lancaster IT director was honored with a College of Engineering Award for Excellence and a Pride of the Pack Award This award was issued in March but was kept secret until this ceremony so Justin could officially receive his award in front of his friends and colleagues To no one s surprise Cecilia Chen was recognized as the ISE Staff Employee of the Year for her dedication to our graduate program But this night wasn t just about the faculty and staff the students stars also shone brightly Professors Vila Parrish Ivy Shirwaiker King and Roberts all stepped to the podium to recognize their student organization officers with a variety of awards honors and scholarships As the furniture manufacturing and management program transitions into the next generation of advanced manufacturing Professor Culbreth awarded the very last Rudolph Willard Outstanding Senior in Furniture Manufacturing Award to Jessica Rose The evening culminated with the three student organization presidents awarding Dr Russell King the CA Anderson Outstanding Faculty Award The Anderson Award recognizes the member of the Industrial and Systems Engineering

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  • Modeling for Philanthrop-IE
    but also by the poor distribution of the food on hand which leads to waste in some places and shortages in others So this is where the team of ISE researchers got to work The ISE research team Julie Ivy professor Reha Uzsoy professor Irem Sengul a fourth year doctoral candidate and Amber Williams graduating senior and students from North Carolina A T State University NCA T are working with the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina FBCENC to develop models for identifying fair but effective strategies for improving the distribution of donated food to North Carolina s food insecure population Industrial engineering and operations research tools were critical for achieving these goals Their challenge was to balance the conflicting objectives of equity and effectiveness so that the FBCENC could devise fair strategies for distributing food The ISE researchers quickly discovered that counties referred to as bottleneck counties have relatively low capacities compared to their demands Faced with the requirement to distribute food equitably these counties severely limited FBCENC s ability to distribute food The team determined that increasing capacity in these bottleneck counties would have the greatest impact by increasing the total amount of food that can be distributed reducing waste while maintaining equity Through their NSF funded research project the ISE researchers have been able to work with FBCENC to examine and model their distribution strategies better understand trends in donations forecast demand and identify ways to reach more people with hunger needs This project has allowed ISE students to apply their engineering skills to improve the condition of many of those in North Carolina with the greatest need In the process they have been recognized nationally for their efforts Irem Sengul was awarded first place in the 2012 INFORMS Interactive Presentation Competition and third place

    Original URL path: http://www.ise.ncsu.edu/ingearonline/articles/modeling-for-philanthrop-ie.html (2016-04-25)
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  • May I Help You?
    NC State manages CELISCA May s role at CELISCA focuses on optimizing human automation interaction in delivering the complex science processes the Center has designed Part of her position includes spending some time back at NC State In collaboration with ISE Professor David Kaber May planned a research project to effectively add robotics to a process for analyzing the mercury content in old treated wood This process is used in Germany to ensure the proper disposal of materials from dilapidated or demolished structures because Germany has strict regulations on disposal of treated lumber to prevent water table contamination The advantages of using robots to perform this process include reduced chemical exposure to operators and increased efficiency and accuracy in materials handling May s approach was to first conduct a task analysis on the manual process verify the analysis with expert operators and collect operator performance and workload data for every step in the process She then developed a human performance model including identification of visual motor and cognitive operations for each step May used the model to identify those steps posing the greatest demands on the operators These steps represent targets for automation specifically the use of humanoid robots like the Dr Robot H20 with the capability to manipulate and transport samples like a human operator and to keep track of process steps through communication with a process control system May s notion is that for physical operations requiring tracking of many objects and a high degree of accuracy in handling the H20 can be used along with other specialized robots to reduce operator physical demands For mentally demanding operations her model is for the H20 to act as a reminder system to the technician as they progress through task steps like a hygienist might do for a dentist Last

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  • The Skies are a Safer Place
    have developed new modifications for technology that helps pilots of small aircraft avoid midair collisions The modified tools significantly improved pilot response times in making decisions to avert crashes At issue are cockpit displays of traffic information CDTIs These are GPS displays used by private pilots to track other aircraft in their vicinity However pilots often focus on the closest aircraft on the display a habit that can pose a significant hazard If the pilot of Plane A sees two planes on the CDTI he s more likely to focus on the closest aircraft Plane B But if the more distant plane Plane C is moving at high speed it could cross his path before Plane B does Not paying enough attention to Plane C increases risk of a midair collision Our goal was to modify a CDTI to help pilots recognize which other planes pose the greatest risk says Carl Pankok lead author of a study on the work and a Ph D student in the Edward P Fitts Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at NC State And it worked Researchers modified the CDTI so that the plane that would cross a pilot s path first either began blinking or was colored yellow The researchers tested the modified CDTI in a flight simulator with a panel of licensed recreational pilots The research team compared the pilots response times and decision making accuracy when using the modified and unmodified displays These pilots were already pretty good but the modified CDTIs made them better Pankok says Their percentage of correct decisions minimizing risk jumped from 88 percent to 96 percent And their response times in scenarios where the farther aircraft was the higher risk aircraft were cut in half from 7 2 seconds to 3 7 seconds for blinking CDTIs

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