Professor Peter Stone has been named a 2018 IEEE Fellow. He is being recognized for his contributions to reinforcement learning, multiagent systems and robotics. Each year, IEEE, or the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, chooses from among nominated IEEE members from around the world for the distinction of Fellow Grade. Out of IEEE’s over 423,000 members, less than 10,000 are fellows.

Professor Jonathan Bard and PhD student Yutian Yang received the Best Application Paper Award for their article “Internal Mail Transport at Processing and Distribution Centers” published in IISE Transactions on Design and Manufacturing. The award was given out at the annual Institute of Industrial & Systems Engineering conference in Orlando, FL in May.

Four researchers in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin have been selected by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to aid in the development and implementation of bold, new, potentially transformative models for STEM graduate education training. The National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) award will grant nearly $3 million to the university. The research will focus on reducing energy barriers for novel water supply use in Sustainable Agriculture. 

A Texas Engineer has developed a new data-driven solution scheme for two-stage decision-making problems under uncertainty. The proposed scheme is amenable to standard off-the-shelf optimization solvers and yields high quality solutions with attractive out-of-sample performance guarantees.

Grani Hanasusanto, assistant professor of Operations Research and Industrial Engineering, has been selected to receive a 2018 Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award totaling $500,000 from the National Science Foundation. This award was designed to support early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization.