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The Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering at the University of Michigan-Dearborn (UM-Dearborn) invites applications for three tenure-track Assistant/Associate Professor positions starting September 1, 2017. The selected candidate must hold a Ph.D. degree in Industrial Engineering or a closely related field by the time of appointment.


Position 1, Systems Engineering/Engineering Management. Areas of interest include modeling and analysis of engineering systems, model-bases systems engineering, systems analytics, systems optimization, system architecture design, and all areas of engineering management.


Position 2, Quality and Reliability Engineering. Areas of interest include quality management, prognostics and health management of engineering systems, sensor data analytics, systems reliability, multivariate analysis, and statistical quality control.


Position 3, Engineering Design. Areas of interest include human centered engineering design and computing, interaction design, user experience, sustainable design, innovative product and process design, and design optimization. 


We are seeking candidates who can demonstrate the ability to establish an independent, externally-funded research program in their area of expertise, and who are committed to student-centered undergraduate and graduate education in industrial and systems engineering. We strongly encourage women and minority candidates to apply.

The IMSE Department, currently at 13 tenure-track faculty and offers several BS and MS degrees. A new Ph.D. degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering is scheduled to be offered starting Fall 2017. The Department also participates in interdisciplinary Ph.D. programs in information systems engineering and automotive systems engineering. The department prides itself with its commitment to academic excellence, with its strong connections to the automotive industry and with its collegial work environment. 


Qualified applicants are invited to submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement of current and future research interests, a statement of teaching philosophy, and list of three references to imsesearch@umich.edu.


Alternatively, you can mail your application to:

IMSE Search Committee
University of Michigan-Dearborn
2300 HP-Engineering Complex
4901 Evergreen Rd.
Dearborn, MI, 48128-2406



IMSE Student Teams Compete in the National Ergonomic Design Competition

Three student teams from IMSE 4425 and IMSE 501 Human Factors and Ergonomics class participated in the 8th Annual National Ergonomic Design Competition for the Student Teams.  42 teams representing universities from the United States and Puerto Rico participated in this year's competition. One of the IMSE team's (ErgoDetroit) finished 6th in this competition and received High Achiever team award. The other two teams (Maize & Blue Ergoexpress and Sahay) received Honorable Mention. This is the first time UM-D (CECS) student teams competed in this event, and all three teams demonstrated superior ability to solve ergonomic related Job design problems.  During the competition, each team was challenged with 4-weeks comprehensive ergonomic multi-step evaluation project that culminated into a 48-hour quick solution challenge. These challenges required each team to assess the ergonomic hazards associated with the salon workers' and hotel room attendants' daily job. Based on the evaluation results, each team was required to provide recommendations to improve job safety and efficiency supported by the cost-benefit analyses.  The UM-D team members received $1,500 in total cash awards and were also presented with the team plaques and individual certificates. 


The student team members are


Bedro, Kelly M.

Bielecki, Madelyn C.

Sullivan, Anne J.

Szpond, Chelsea C.

Wang, Yudi



Brigitte Hutter

Matt Burley

Kyle Horn

Connor Winton

Alejandro-Maximo Caragay



Neelesh Ganesh Lyer

Gopichandu Yanda

Vasudev Vumma

Prerana Rachamalla

Sri Havisha Gudapati

IMSE Undergraduate Student Stefania Haag, Gains Valuable Experience Through the Highly Sought After Internship at Disney World in Orlando

If there's a piece of advice CECS students Stefania Haag and Lauren Stec could share with their classmates, it's to take advantage of internship opportunities. Besides gaining valuable work experience, an internship could possibly lead to a dream job.


Haag and Stec each took the winter 2013 semester off to complete a five-month internship at Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Haag worked in Industrial Engineering while Stec worked in Scientific Systems Ride Control.


For Stec, a senior electrical and computer engineering major, the opportunity to work in the Magic Kingdom is nearly a dream come true.

"I went on a lot of family vacations to Disney World and I've always wanted to work there," Stec says. "It was great to be one of the people who engineer the magic behind everything."


Stec tested amusement park rides and ensured that safety procedures were met. She also worked on the engineering of a new roller coaster.

"I learned a lot about the safety aspects that go into ride construction," she says. "I also had a good experience working with all the contractors and vendors who were on the project."


Stec obtained her internship during the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) international conference last November in Houston. She spoke with a Disney World representative at the conference's career fair and received an internship offer upon returning home.


"I definitely recommend internships," says Stec, who lined up a four-month internship this summer at Eaton Corporation in Milwaukee. "Put yourself out there and take chances-the payout could be incredible. I've already talked with my supervisor at Disney about possibly coming back for another internship and gaining more experience. Hopefully a full-time position will open up."


Haag and Stec were roommates at Disney while they completed their internships. Haag worked on efficiency studies and data analysis for Disney Cruise Line and Disney Magical Express.


"I worked on a variety of interesting requests from Disney clients," says Haag, a senior industrial and systems engineering major. "For example, I helped determine how luggage delivery at Disney Resorts could be made more efficient while maintaining current delivery time standards. I love my major and how it can be applied to problem solving in different fields."


Disney's Industrial Engineering department is very well known and its internship program is highly sought after. Haag applied online and had a phone interview with a Disney representative. Two days later, the internship was hers.

"I'm using internships as a way of testing different industries to determine where I want to work after graduating," Haag says. "My previous industrial engineering internship, which I obtained through the UM-Dearborn cooperative education office, was with Goodwill Industries of Detroit. This summer, I'll be a manufacturing engineering intern at Chrysler's Warren Stamping Plant.


"We learn the fundamental industrial engineering concepts in class.

Internships provide learning opportunities to develop many other soft skills that are not taught in school but are equally as important in the field. I would strongly encourage students to take advantage of the opportunities internships offer. If you can, complete one out of state. You'll be exposed to many things you haven't experienced before and be able to break out of your typical routine to learn who you really are."


To learn more about internship and co-op opportunities, visit the UM-Dearborn co-op education office website at www.umd.umich.edu/intern_coop.

John Junge Gives 350,000 to Endow Scholarship

When John Junge was applying to college as a teenager in Jackson, Michigan, he assumed he would have to go to community college first because of financial constraints. But he won a scholarship to the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor instead. After learning about the Dearborn campus's cooperative education program, he transferred so he could earn money in his chosen profession while finishing his studies.

Now he's giving back. Junge, a member of the class of 1964, recently announced a 350,000 gift to establish a scholarship for high school students who want to major in industrial and manufacturing systems engineering at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.


"Being privileged to attend the University of Michigan is a blessing, and it's a further blessing sometimes to be able to give," Junge said via video at an event honoring him with a Distinguished Alumni Award to recognize his leadership, community service, and personal accomplishments. "So I'm announcing here today the endowment of the Junge Family Scholarship to study industrial engineering at the University of Michigan-Dearborn."

In recognition of his roots, the Junge Family Scholarship will be directed toward qualifying students from the state of Michigan and from the Jackson area, if applicable. Junge owns All-Star Inc., a San Diego-based company that provides management and operations service to government and military facilities in 18 states and Germany.

The Junge family has previously made other gifts to the university, most notably to the athletics programs. The Junge Family Champions Center in Ann Arbor is named in their honor.