IE star researcher - Paul L. Goethals
- May 20, 2011Paul L. Goethals, who graduated from Clemson University in May, 2011, with a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering, also holds a B.A. in Chemistry from Indiana University and an M.S. in Applied Mathematics from Florida State University. Under the guidance of his advisor, Dr. Byung Rae Cho, Paul achieved a wide number of accomplishments in the research domain during his completion of the Ph.D. program (2008-2011). In the span of 30 months, 12 papers were published or in print in archival journals, 7 additional journal papers currently remain in various stages of revision or review, and 6 papers were published in refereed conference proceedings. Paul also sought every opportunity to share his research with colleagues, giving a total of 11 presentations at 8 different national or international conference venues. While attending the 46th annual meeting of the Southeastern INFORMS Conference in October 2010, the paper written by Paul and Dr. Cho was recognized as both the "Best Paper in Track" and the "Best Paper in Conference" among 111 submitted manuscripts. For Paul's research efforts in applications associated with nanotechnology and military protective armor systems, he was also awarded the Fiscal Year 2010 and 2011 General Omar Bradley Fellowship in Mathematics. Upon receiving the 2010 and 2011 Outstanding Graduate Research Assistant at the department level, he was identified this year as one of two graduate students to receive the research award in the College of Engineering and Science. At this level, he was then eligible to compete with more than 2400 graduate students across all colleges within the University; in April 2011, the Clemson University Outstanding Graduate Researcher award was given to Paul and one other student. Finally, throughout his tenure at Clemson University, Paul was inducted into a number of different student and faculty organizations, namely the Alpha Pi Mu Industrial Engineering Honor Society, the Phi Kappa Phi Academic Honor Society, the Sigma Xi Scientific Research Honor Society, and the Alpha Epsilon Lambda Graduate Student Honor Society (accepting less than top 1% of graduate student population each year). Upon graduation, Paul began his assignment as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York.