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IE (Institute of Industrial Engineers) Seminar on Friday, February 20th 2015

Room 1410/1420 PEC, 12:00pm - 1:30pm


Design of Reliable and Resilient Systems


Dr. Xi's research objective is to design reliable and resilient engineering systems that are able to operate reliably and recover quickly to a functional state in the presents of failures due to adverse or extreme events. The research group has conducted research in various relevant fields to accomplish this goal including i) reliability analysis, ii) reliability/robustness-based design optimization, iii) prognostics and health management, iv) statistical model validation, v) human reliability analysis, and vi) resilience analysis. Basics and recent group developments in these fields will be presented with abundant engineering examples.      




Zhimin Xi is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering at the University of Michigan - Dearborn. He received his B.S. and M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Beijing University of Science and Technology in 2001 and 2004, respectively. He obtained his Ph.D. in Reliability Engineering from University of Maryland - College Park in 2010. His research interests are system reliability and quality analysis, design optimization under uncertainty, prognostics and health management of engineering systems, model validation under uncertainty, human factors in system safety and reliability, design of engineering resilient systems, energy storage devices, design for market systems, and design of driver assistance systems. He has over 40 publications in prestigious journals and international conferences. He is the two-time winners of the Best Paper Award from ASME - Design Automation Conference (DAC) in 2008 and 2013, respectively. His research is supported by Department of Energy, Ford Motor Company, Denso North American Foundation, and The Woodbridge Group. He teaches Reliability Analysis and Multivariate Statistics in the Department of IMSE at University of Michigan - Dearborn.

IIE (Institute of Industrial Engineers) Seminar on Friday, January 23, 2015

Room 1410/1420 PEC, 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Ms. Jacquelynn "Jackie" Lapinski is the Regional Director, Process Excellence for the Southeast Michigan region St. Joseph Mercy Health System.  She leads the regional Process Excellence work to improve value, reduce waste, and provide an improved patient experience.  Prior to her position at St. Joseph Mercy Health System, Jackie spent 9 years at UM C.S. Mott Children's and Von Voigtlander Women's Hospital, where she was the Administrative Manager and Lean coach since 2005.  Previous to that she worked as a Management Engineer at UMHS.  Jackie earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in Industrial & Operations Engineering from the U of Michigan Ann Arbor.  She is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the mother of 2 kids, and spends time volunteering for Food Gathers.


Jackie will join the seminar to discuss:

·         process improvement careers for engineers in health care

·         the imperative for improved value in health care

·         opportunities to apply skills and experience at St. Joseph Mercy Health System


December 03, 2014 - IMSE Department- Meet -N-Greet for IMSE Students and Faculty

IMSE Meet-N-Greet

Sponsored by IIE, SME Student Chapters and IMSE Department


When: Wednesday, December 3, 2014, 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Where: PEC Atrium

(A Buffet Dinner will be served)


Please come and meet with the IMSE faculty, students, IIE and SME Student Chapter leaders.  Learn about IMSE undergraduate programs, career opportunities in industrial and systems engineering and manufacturing engineering, and undergraduate research opportunities with faculty.

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

Title: An Introduction to Human Factors and Ergonomics,IIE - Dearborn Chapter Seminar Series Friday, November 14, 2014 12:00 p.m. 1410/1420 PEC Lunch Provided
Title: An Introduction to Human Factors and Ergonomics: a case study on the muscle fatigue measurement during prolonged sitting.

Dr. Bochen Jia
This talk attempts to provide both important background and practical analysis to students interested in addressing ergonomic issues in the workplace. Human Factor and Ergonomic is the practice of designing products, systems or processes to take proper account of the interaction between them and the people that use them. The goal and principle of human factor study will be introduced. As a case study, the investigation of prolonged sitting on muscle fatigue development will be discussed. Sitting combined with moderating factors, such as, prolonged duration, could be potential risk factors for developing low back pain (LBP).  Although studies have been conducted to quantify the effects of these moderating factors on low back structure, such as the development of paraspinal muscle fatigue, there is little and inconsistent evidence regarding the specific mechanism(s) that underlie sitting-related LBP. Therefore, how can we assess paraspinal muscle condition and potential muscle fatigue resulting from prolonged sitting will be described.

About the Presenter:
Dr. Bochen Jia received his Bachelor's degree from Beijing Institute of Technology and Ph.D. degree from Virginia tech in 2013. He is currently an assistant professor in the department of Industrial & Manufacture Systems Engineering. His research interests include: Industrial ergonomics and occupational biomechanics, aging and work capacity, prolonged sitting and localized muscle fatigue and consumer product design.    
Dr. Zhimin Xi, Assistant Professor of IMSE and Rong Jing, I&SE Graduate Student won the 2013 ASME Design Automation Conference Best Paper Award

IMSE assistant professor Zhimin Xi, I&SE graduate student Rong Jing, and their two collaborators (Dr. Pingfeng Wang, Wichita State University and Dr. Chao Hu, Medtronic Inc) won the 2013 ASME Design Automation Conference Best Paper Award. The Design Automation Conference is part of the 2013 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences & Computers and Information in Engineering Conference.


This award is for the paper titled "A Copula-Based Sampling Method for Data-Driven Prognostics and Health Management." The paper presents a new data-driven prognostic approach for predicting the remaining useful life of engineering systems under uncertainty. This research is supported with the funding from Ford Motor Company. 

IMSE Faculty Dr. Jian Hu Wins IIE Transactions Best Application Paper Award in Operations Engineering & Analysis
Congratulations to Dr. Jian Hu, assistant professor of IMSE, and to his co-authors (Dr. Homem-de-Mello  and Dr. Mehrotra) for winning the 2013 Best Application Paper award in Operations Engineering & Analysis for their paper titled "Risk Adjusted Budget Allocation Models with Application in Homeland Security," IIE Transactions, 43 (12): 819-839, 2011.
Research Gant from Ford-UM Alliance to Investigate Fast Online Monitoring of Health Condition of Battery Cells with High Diagnostic Reliability

Dr. Zhimin Xi, Research Assistant Professor of IMSE and Dr. Cheol Lee, Associate Professor of IMSE received a research grant from Ford-UM Alliance to detect degradation of the battery cell capacity and power capability in operating conditions using validated lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery models under the temperature and cell-to-cell variability. Their research in this project will focus on the developement of statistically validated (or a virtual testing) battery models for capacity and power prediction, online monitoring system for battery cell capacity and power using measurable sensor signals, and the battery models to prevent premature failure of battery packs.

IMSE Department Introduces Master of Science Degree in Program and Project Management

Nationwide, there is an increasing demand for skilled and experienced professionals who can develop, deploy, and manage locally and globally developed programs in a timely and efficient manner. M.S. in Program and Project Management (M.S. in PPM) is 30 semester hours graduate degree designed to address this growing need and targets technical professionals from various industries (i.e. engineering, information technology, military, government, healthcare, energy, transportation) who need to deepen their understanding of program and project management and would like to make a transition from team members to program managers. Graduates will also have the foundation to pursue certification as a project management professional (PMP).


M.S. in PPM program draws upon the expertise of the faculty members and practitioners who do research and teach in this subject area and designed to provide a comprehensive and practical knowledge of the foundation of program and project management. While principles and theories are explained, the emphasis of the program is on how to apply them in order to swiftly and efficiently plan and organize resources so that programs are completed on schedule, on-budget, and result in a high-quality outcome. This program is thus ideal for professionals who want to enhance their ability to integrate complex projects, motivate people, and achieve cost-effective results.


For M.S. in PPM program flyer please click here.

Research Grant from Ecomotors to Support System Level Optimization of Complex Mechanical Systems
Professor Yubao Chen received a research grant from Ecomotors International  to develop new system level optimization and predictive model for an opposite piston opposite cylinder (OPOC) engine.
New Grant from Hyundai - Kia Motors to Investigate Measure of Perceived Gear-Shifting Quality

This research grant from Hyundai - Kia Motors will allow Dr. Sang-Hwan Kim, assistant professor of IMSE and  Mr. ByeongWook Jeon, visiting scholar from Hyundai-Kia Motors to develop measure of gearshift quality for optimizing driver propensity in terms of vehicle ergonomics. The objectives of this research are to: 1) identify perceptive factors to describe subjective feeling of gear-shifting shock; 2) examine a mechanism to show how human drivers response to the perceived factors; 3) investigate relations between subjective driver perceptions and objective measure of gearshifting shock using G-sensors; 4) construct models of driver perception; and 5) develop a guideline for designing gear-shifting quality.

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.

Research Grant from Samchun Pure Chemical to Support Materials Development for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells

Professor Cheol Lee received a research grant from Samchun Pure Chemical for development of electrode materials for solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC). Dr. Lee and his research team will be working on new DOE, data mining, cost modeling and  optimization techniques for establishing relationships between powder characteristics and performance of a small single solid oxide fuel cell.