Patricia F. Brennan, Chair 3270 Mechanical Engr. Bldg.1513 University Avenue Madison, WI 53706 Phone: 608/263-1315 Fax: 608/262-8454
MEssagE fRoM ThE ChaIR
n preparation or the celebrationor , held Nov. 7,2009, I took a ew minutesto learn more about the history o ourdepartment. I’d like to share a perspectiveon the history o the department and the
ways in which stewardship and philanthropy
have helped the department grow.The ISyE department has its originswithin the Department o MechanicalEngineering. In 1966, the departmentreceived approval to award a master’s andPhD in industrial engineering. The bach-elor’s degree began in 1968, and in 1969,the newly ormed Department o IndustrialEngineering emerged as a ree-standing
department. We have more than 3,000 alums!
Along with manuacturing systems,health systems, operations research andhuman actors served as the major ocio study. Founding aculty, including, ,and ,were soon joined by ,and .
The 1980s brought ,, and, with , ,and . For a ulllisting o our current aculty and their areaso specialization, please visitwww.engr.wisc.edu/news/ar/ to download a copy othe college directory.
Donors play an important role in ensuring
the success o the department. Our currentendowment exceeds $500,000, most owhich is committed to student scholarshipsupport or the work o our industrialconsortia. We award about $40,000 instudent scholarships every year. Otheractivities that donors support includer
ecruitment and retention o aculty, buildingand capital investments, and student learningactivities. Our current development priorities
include graduate student support, endow-ment o our research seminar series, andnamed proessorships.We thank or hissubstantial support or the celebration orDave Gustason, and or his generous gittowards the Gustason Scholarship. We arealso grateul to all other donors or theiramazing support or our department. Sincethe inception o ormal und raising or thedepartment, our donors have contributedmore than $1 million. Now it’s time to starton our second million—won’t you join us?
RN, PhD, Professor and Chair
Taking the long view
ISyE research in theWisconsin Institute for Discovery
wo ISyE proessors willlead projects in the newWisconsin Institute orDiscovery (WID). Five proposalswere chosen rom a competitivepool o 12 projects to orm theintellectual heart o WID, a UW-Madison research institute witha mission o enhancing humanhealth and welare through inter-disciplinary research spanningbiotechnology, nanotechnology,and inormation technologies. WIDwill be housed in one structurewith the private, not-or-prot MorgridgeInstitute or Research (MIR). Together,the two institutes comprise the WisconsinInstitutes or Discovery.Proessor and Chair Patricia Brennan(also nursing) will lead a team with
expertise in biomedical engineering, abric
and environmental design, computer science
and inormation science. The team, whichwill orm the Living Environments Lab,will establish and use a simulated homeenvironment to explore the impact o thenon-institutional contexts on tomorrow’shealth technologies, with the goal oenabling patients to take better care othemselves. The lab will acceleratethe development and deploymento personal care and therapeutictechnologies, with the aim o sup-porting individuals and amiliesin the detection, recognition andmanagement o health problems.Proessor Michael C. Ferris(also computer sciences) will leadoptimization research to developa mathematical approach to
minimize or maximize the variables
o a given subject. Ferris’ teamwill collaborate with economists,behavioral scientists and humanists to applythe basic analytical tools o optimization toa wide range o topics, including radiationtreatment or cancer, data analysis in
biomedical experiments, computation usinglarge databases, and improved techniques
or dealing with uncertainty.