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Celebrating the IOE graduate class of 2024

This spring 58 students graduated from the U-M IOE PhD and master’s program. Many of whom were honored with awards. 

On Thursday, May 2, 2024, the Univerisity of Michigan Industrial and Operations Engineering (U-M IOE) Department celebrated the accomplishments of their graduating graduate students at the Union. This spring 58 students graduated from the U-M IOE PhD and master’s program. Many of whom were honored with awards. 

“In my first year as the Department Chair I’m already so proud to be a part of this community because of how you give back to the community around you,” said Julie Simmons Ivy, IOE Department Chair.

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U-M IOE students, Santiago Currea and Alren Dean won the Joel and Lorraine Brown Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) Award for the 2023-24 academic year. The Outstanding GSI Award recognizes the efforts and accomplishments of GSIs who demonstrate extraordinary dedication and excellence as teachers. (Pictured: Santiago Currea)

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The Robert G. Sargent Distinguished Student Award went to U-M IOE Master’s Student Nick Tran. The award is given to a student who embodies qualities that distinguish the highest-performing U-M IOE master’s degree-level students, such as; outstanding academic performance, service to the Department, the College of Engineering, the University of Michigan, and/or the field of Industrial and Operations Engineering, or other forms of meritorious leadership or accomplishment. (Pictured: Nick Tran and Larry Seiford)

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The Robert G. Sargent Distinguished Project Award went to U-M IOE master’s students Alexios Avrassoglou, Santiago Currea and Austin Tauber. (Pictured: Alexios Avrassoglou, Xiuli Chao, and Santiago Currea)

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Additionally, U-M IOE PhD Student, Haoming Shen won the Murty prize for the best student paper on optimization based on the original work of the author. The title of Shen’s paper was “Convex Chance-Constrained Programs with Wasserstein Ambiguity.” (Pictured: Ruiwei Jiang, Shi’s advisor and Katta Murty)

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U-M IOE master’s student, Rachel Divinagracia won the Muckstadt Award. The is awarded to an outstanding domestic master’s student. (Pictured: Julie Simmons Ivy and Rachel Divinagracia)

The Wilson Prize was won by U-M IOE PhD Student Naichen Shi for the paper “Triple Component Matrix Factorization: Untangling Global, Local, and Noisy Components”. The Wilson Prize is presented each year to an outstanding student paper dealing with any application of Industrial Engineering.