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IMSE students, faculty honored at annual banquet

Five men and one woman stand in a group photo.

College of Engineering Dean Jim Thompson and Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering Department Chairman Luis Occena pose with the IMSE outstanding student award recipients. From left, outstanding doctoral student Rung-Chuan Lin; outstanding master’s student Gokhan Karakose; Occena; outstanding senior Kurt Ehlers; outstanding junior Maren Reinig; and Thompson.

An adjunct faculty member and four students with the Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering Department were recognized for their achievements at the 2013 Missouri Honor Awards banquet March 15.

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College of Engineering Dean Jim Thompson congratulates adjunct IMSE instructor Mike Klote for his special academic appointment award for his work with MU Engineering’s Rapid Prototype Lab.

Adjunct instructor Michael Klote received a special academic appointment award for his work with MU Engineering’s Rapid Prototype Lab, which has served as the facility for a 3D printing course through the IMSE department. He also serves as the advisor for the college’s new 3D Printing Club. In the fall 2011, the Mizzou Engineering Student Council recognized Klote for his outstanding service to the MU Engineering student body.

In addition to Klote, four students received the department’s annual awards for outstanding junior, senior, master’s and doctoral student.

Maren Reining is the outstanding junior from St. Albans, Mo. She is involved in the Institute of Industrial Engineers, the 3D Printing Club and is the president of the Mizzou Engineering Student Council. After graduation, she plans on earning her master’s degree in industrial engineering at MU.

Kurt Ehlers is the outstanding senior from Parkville, Mo. A second-generation MU IMSE major, he is president of the IMSE honors society Alpha Pi Mu, and he plans to earn his master’s degree in industrial engineering and his MBA through the department’s dual-degree program.

Gokhan Karakose is the outstanding master’s student from Malatya, Turkey. He is currently researching transportation network design with Assistant Professor Esra Sisikoglu. He said IMSE interests him because he likes modeling around real-world problems and developing effective solutions for them.

Rung-Chuan Lin is the outstanding doctoral student from Sangchong City, Taiwan. His research focuses on applied optimization and statistical analysis, especially as applied in the healthcare field.