ORIE PhD student Kyoung Kim recently completed a graduate internship at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, working with their Revenue Cycle Analytic team. This position, which is part of ORIE’s Center for Engineering and Decision Analytics, afforded Kyoung the opportunity to work directly with MD Anderson senior managers and executives.

Ph.D. student Jessica Hoffmann received second place in the INFORMS Nicholson Student Paper Competition. She received this award for her recent paper "Learning Graphs from Noisy Epidemic Cascades." Epidemics are a powerful framework for modeling human and computer viruses, as well as influence, rumors, information and disinformation. This work develops algorithms to solve an inverse problem on graphs, in order to understand the precise spreading mechanisms.

Sumit Singh, CEO of Chewy (CHWY), was inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Alumni during a ceremony on September 13 at The University of Texas at Austin.

As the 2019 hurricane season escalates, three University of Texas at Austin researchers are addressing the problem of efficiently and safely evacuating hospitals before a hurricane strikes. Dr. Erhan Kutanoglu, of the Operations Research and Industrial Engineering (ORIE) program in the Cockrell School of Engineering, leads the research team. The group received a total of $330,000 from Planet Texas 2050 and the NSF CoPe (Coastlines and People) EAGER program to pursue an interdisciplinary effort. Their approach combines hydrological science and operations research techniques to more effectively integrate weather predictions, flooding models, and stochastic optimization to aid decision makers in the days before a hurricane makes landfall.

One year ago, a team of five faculty members, including Assistant Professor Benjamin D. Leibowicz from the Operations Research and Industrial Engineering (ORIE) program in the Cockrell School of Engineering, received a $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to establish a new NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) program at The University of Texas at Austin. NRT programs combine cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research with bold and transformative models for STEM graduate education and training. The theme of this new NRT program at UT Austin is food-energy-water systems (FEWS). Specifically, the research team will investigate how renewable energy can be leveraged to expand unconventional water sources for agriculture, and how energy-containing resources can be harvested from agricultural wastewater.