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ISE: Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering

Welcome to the first bi-annual alumni ISE E-Newsletter from the Department of Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering, housed in the Transportation Building at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

ISE is the home of degrees in General Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Systems and Entrepreneurial Engineering, and Financial Engineering.

We welcome you to stay in touch and let us know of your accomplishments. If you wish to opt out of future e-newsletters, click here. If you wish to reach out for any reason, please contact any of us.

Rakesh Nagi, Donald Biggar Willett Professor and Department Head,

Erin Kirby, Associate Director of Advancement,

William Gillespie, Marketing and Communications Coordinator,


Join us at the Transportation Building for Homecoming. Saturday the 25th from 3:30-5:30 our doors will be open to alumni. We'll have snacks, tours, and opportunities to reconnect. This event will be held in conjunction with the College of Engineering homecoming celebration.


ISE senior Mary Beth Howard installs clean water system in Honduras

Mary Beth Howard traveled to Central America this summer to implement a clean water system in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.


Kirkwood Scholarship makes huge impact for Connie Kim

It goes without saying that getting a scholarship can be a difference maker, but for Connie Kim, it was an affirmation in a tough time for her and her family.


ISE student Lauren Terzinski receives Gilman Scholarship

ISE student Lauren Terzinski received a Gilman Scholarship to study abroad this last summer in Pisa, Italy.


Vaibhav Maheshwari awarded Howard N. Bernstein Industrial Distribution Scholarship

Vaibhav Maheshwari, a junior in ISE majoring in Industrial Engineering with a minor in Business, has been awarded the Howard N. Bernstein Industrial Distribution Scholarship.


Megan McGovern selected as Mavis Future Faculty Fellow

ISE Systems and Entrepreneurial Engineering Ph.D. student Megan McGovern selected as Mavis Future Faculty Fellow.


Nicholas Farace wins ASNT graduate student fellowship

ISE graduate student Nicholas Anthony Farace has won an ASNT Graduate Student Fellowship from the American Society for Nondestructive Testing


ISE Postdoc wins best paper award

Dr. Farzad Yousefian, along with his former Ph.D. advisors, Angelia Nedich and Uday Shanbhag, have been notified that they are the recipients of a best paper award.


New ISE professor heads up $50 million health care initiative

Professor Thenkurussi (Kesh) Kesavadas is the first director of the new Health Care Engineering Systems Center at Illinois.


Alex Olshevsky receives NSF CAREER award

Congratulating Assistant Professor Alex Olshevsky, the latest faculty at ISE to receive the NSF CAREER Award.


Ali Abbas: teaching decision-making with social networks

Associate Professor Ali Abbas works with real people and real data to teach an acquired life skill.


Sewoong Oh’s crowdsourcing work improves efficiency of new market

Assistant Professor Sewoong Oh is working to design reliable and cost-efficient crowdsourcing systems.


Carolyn Beck invited to lecture in Netherlands

"Aggregation for control, and control in aggregation."


Negar Kiyavash and team make improvements on 45-year-old coding theory problem

It’s not every day that someone makes advances on a problem that’s over 45 years old.


Big data shows food's origins in ISE Professor Richard Sowers' start-up

A team of researchers recently received a $3,500 award to create an app to help people know their food.


ISE affiliate, lecturer, and grad student team researches seatbelt laws and obese drivers

Obesity is associated with many health risks, but ISE researchers have found a possible way to mitigate one often-overlooked risk.


ISE faculty receive Dean's Awards

Congratulations to both our 2014 Faculty Awards Recipients!

Faculty Video Online

Richard Sowers discusses ISE’s Master of Science in Financial Engineering

The Financial Engineer just re-affirmed the ranking of the University of Illinois’ MSFE Program as the 9th best program in the United States, a position we gained in the 2014 rankings.

Ali Abbas talks serious decision making on TEDxUIUC 2014


Four open faculty positions

The Department of Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign invites applications.