When UT operations research and industrial engineering graduate student Kyoung Kim approached his professors in 2017 with an idea to use logistics to help with disaster planning, he had no idea the biggest disaster in a century would, in a few months, ravage the Texas coast.

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.