Industrial Engineering students take honors at CELDi Research Symposium

April 18, 2023

Group of students and faculty
Faculty and students from the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering represented Mizzou at the annual CELDi Research Symposium held at Kansas State University earlier this month.

Industrial and systems engineering (ISE) students took top honors for work around intelligent decision-making systems and optimizing manufacturing processes at the annual Center for Excellence in Logistics and Distribution (CELDi) Research Symposium.

“It’s always nice to see our students’ work be recognized, but what’s most impressive is the scope of these projects,” said Jim Noble, ISE Chair and director of Mizzou’s CELDi site. “They’re working with companies and coming up with really innovative solutions to real-world problems.”

Pyam Oveys, a PhD student, received the Outstanding Graduate Student Award.

Pyam Oveys and Ray Wood with awards
Pyam Oveys, second from left, and Ray Wood, third from left, received outstanding student honors.

Ray Wood, a senior ISE major, received honorable mention in the Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award category.

Both were on teams that tied for second place in the CELDi Research Symposium poster competition.

Oveys and his team presented their research on data analysis, predictive modeling and development of an intelligent decision support system, all of which will be used to provide an artificial intelligence-based tool to guide steel buying decisions. The group is working with Trinity Products, a Missouri-based steel supplier. Team members include PhD student Mahima Naznin and freshman Thomas Willerth under the mentorship of Noble and Assistant Professor Sharan Srinivas, as well as collaborators from the Trulaske College of Business, Anthony Ross and Kihyung Kim.

Wood and his team are working on process optimization for manufacturing environmentally friendly hair extensions. They’re working with Rebundle, a company that produces eco-friendly braids founded by Mizzou alumna Ciara Imani May, BS BA ’17.  Team members include Parth Jahagindar, a master’s student in ISE, Sienna Schreiber, an MBA student, and Stephen Swingle, a senior ISE major, under the mentorship of Srinivas and Assistant Professor Suchi Rajendran.

This year’s CELDi Research Symposium was held April 10-11 at Kansas State University. CELDi is a graduated National Science Foundation I/UCRC comprised of six major research universities a wide range of member organizations.

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