Industrial Engineering

 IE student Paul Goethals and advisor Dr. Rae Cho win INFORMS awards for "Best Paper in Conference" and "Best Paper in Track"

- October 13, 2010

    On October 7th and 8th of this year, the 46th annual meeting of the Southeastern Chapter for the Institute of Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) was held at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  More than 175 students and faculty from universities throughout the southeastern United States attended the conference at the Myrtle Beach Hilton Resort.  The conference was organized into 13 separate tracks, from which participants were given the opportunity to present their research.  The meeting also provided attendees with the chance to publish their work in the conference proceedings, given an acceptable rating from designated reviewers.  
     Among the 111 conference paper submissions, the paper written by Paul Goethals and Dr. Rae Cho of the Department of Industrial Engineering at Clemson University, titled "Extending the Optimal Process Mean Problem for Single and Multiple Quality Characteristics" was recognized as both the "Best Paper in Track" and the "Best Paper in Conference."  Their research looked specifically at the integration of response surface methods into the "optimal process mean problem," an approach designed to reduce product waste and improve upon the economic potential of the manufacturer.  In doing so, several assumptions in solving the traditional problem were eliminated, thus enabling one to more realistically estimate the true conditions of an industrial process.  The effectiveness in using the proposed methodology was illustrated for both single and multiple quality characteristics of interest.  A nonlinear constrained optimization program was developed to find solutions to the problem.


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