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Daniel Berg Honored for His ‘Genius’ at Resolving Management Problems


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Daniel Berg, left, receives the Siwei Cheng Award in Information Technology and Quantitative Management at the IAITQM meeting in Moscow.

Daniel Berg, left, receives the Siwei Cheng Award in Information Technology and Quantitative Management at the IAITQM meeting in Moscow.

CORAL GABLES,  Fla. (June 24, 2014)—Daniel Berg, distinguished research professor of engineering, received the prestigious Siwei Cheng Award in Information Technology and Quantitative Management at the second annual meeting of the International Academy of Informational Technology and Quantitative Management (IAITQM) in Moscow this month.

Berg received the honor during the June 3-5 gathering for being “a person who has devoted genius efforts to applying quantitative methods and information technology to solve management problems.” The award is named for a former top leader in the Chinese Congress who heads a major program on economic theory at the renowned Chinese Academy of Science.

IAITQM was established in 2011 to promote innovative excellence in information technology and quantitative management; the organization has founding members from more than 50 countries, including the United States, China, Japan, Australia, and Turkey.

Berg was both surprised and honored by the award, noting that IAITQM members represent the most talented and experienced experts in his growing field. He also noted that the award’s namesake will be visiting the UM College of Engineering this year and looks forward to his interaction with the faculty and students on several topics.

Berg previously was dean and provost at Carnegie Mellon University, as well as provost and president at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Institute Professor of Science and Technology. He received his B.S. in chemistry and physics from the City College of New York and his M.S. and Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Yale. He was employed by Westinghouse Electric in a variety of technical/managerial positions, including technical director.

Berg serves as the American editor of the International Journal of Services Technology and Management. He is the author of four books, five book chapters, and more than 80 refereed journal articles. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a Life Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), a Fellow of The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS); and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

His many additional awards and honors include the IEEE Engineering Management Section Educator of the Year Award; the International Association for Management of Technology’s Award for Distinguished Achievement in Management of Technology; the IEEE Educational Activities Board Meritorious Achievement Award in Continuing Education; the National Academy of Engineering Service Award; the Townsend Harris Medal, City College of New York; the Wilbur Cross Medal, Yale University; and the Belden Prize for Mathematics.

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College of Engineering Dean James Tien to Step Down in 2015


James M. Tien

James M. Tien

James M. Tien, who, as dean of the University of Miami’s College of Engineering for the past seven years, led successful efforts to double the number of women on the faculty, increase research expenditures, and boost enrollments at the undergraduate, master’s and doctoral levels, has announced he will step down from his post effective August 31, 2015.

“It has indeed been my privilege to have served in this capacity,” said Tien, who came to UM in 2007 from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, where he served as the Yamada Corporation Professor and founding chair of the school’s Department of Decision Sciences and Engineering Systems. Read the full story

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Student Employees Offered Unique Opportunity to Play Vital Role in Workday Implementation


Dan Ruggiero, Marianela Roubicek and Alex Johnson with Workday founder Dave Duffield,  during his visit to the University in February.  When Marianela Roubicek, Alex Johnson, and Dan Ruggiero, came

Dan Ruggiero, Marianela Roubicek and Alex Johnson with Workday founder Dave Duffield, second from left, during his visit to the University in February.

By Michelle Nuñez-Mendoza
UM News

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (April 24, 2014) — When Marianela Roubicek, Alex Johnson, and Dan Ruggiero came to the University of Miami as industrial engineering majors, they never imagined they would be part of a project that would affect every faculty and staff member at the institution. This semester, the three students are helping to implement a new HR, payroll, and finance system called Workday Human Resources, the second phase of UM’s Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) initiative. Read the full story

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Matches Made in Cyberspace: UM Alum’s Web-Based Platform Fosters ‘Collaborizm’ on Projects


By Robert C. Jones Jr.
UM News

Steven Reubenstone came up with the idea for Collaborizm as a sophomore at the University of Miami.

Steven Reubenstone came up with the idea for Collaborizm while enrolled at the University of Miami.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (April 22, 2014) – It was a search Steven Reubenstone thought would be a cinch. A mechanical engineering major in the University of Miami’s College of Engineering, he wanted to partner with an electrical engineering student on an academic project, but finding the right person with the skill set he needed proved fruitless.

That’s when Reubenstone got an idea: a Web-based platform that matches people working on projects with others who have the expertise in a particular area they need. Read the full story

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Industrial Engineers at Work

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Industrial Engineers at Work


NSBE Event II

Teamwork: Students from Miami-area middle and high schools display their industrial engineering prowess, coming up with a process to make as many peanut butter and jelly sandwiches as possible in a 20-minute period.

Rondell Pittman, an 11-year-old at Downtown Miami Charter School, knows exactly what he wants to be after completing a recent field trip to the University of Miami. “An engineer,” he said confidently. “I would know how to fix anything and design whatever I want, even my dream car.”

Pittman was one of about 20 youngsters from Miami-area middle and high schools who spent Friday on the UM campus learning about different engineering disciplines. Their visit, organized and hosted by the UM chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), included a tour of the laboratory facilities at the College of Engineering, presentations, and activities that tested their problem-solving skills.

“The earlier we can expose kids, especially those from underrepresented groups, to engineering, the more likely it is they’ll enter the field,” said Amanda Adams, an industrial engineering major and president of UM’s NSBE chapter. “That’s one of the reasons we wanted to do this event.”

Adams captivated her young audience during the lecture phase of the event, telling them how industrial engineers have helped fast food restaurants save millions of dollars by showing them how to prepare sandwiches faster and more efficiently.

“There’s a science to how fast people prepare food,” Adams told them. “Industrial engineers pride themselves on being efficient and effective. They’ve helped companies like Burger King and Starbucks.”

The young students then put their industrial engineering skills to the test, competing in a peanut butter and jelly sandwich-making contest that required them to make as many of the treats as possible in 20 minutes.

The students, who were divided into groups of three, managed to make more than 100 PB&J sandwiches, all of which were donated that same day to a local homeless shelter.

Sixteen-year-old Deja Lundy, a student at Booker T. Washington High School, was particularly ecstatic about attending the special event.

“I wanted to be a beautician,” she said. “But now, maybe I could become an engineer and design my own smartphone.”

 

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