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IMSE Department invites applications for two tenure-track Assistant/Associate Professor positions starting September 1, 2014
The Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering at the University of Michigan-Dearborn invites applications for two tenure-track Assistant/Associate Professor positions starting September 1, 2014. Candidates must hold a Ph.D. degree in Industrial Engineering or a closely related field by the time of appointment.


Position 1: The primary area of interest for this position is Decision Sciences/Operations Research with applications in supply chains, energy systems, and healthcare.


Position 2: The area of interest for this position is Information Engineering and Operations Research with applications in Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Systems, Data Mining, and Data Analytics.


We are seeking candidates who can demonstrate the ability to establish an independent, externally-funded research program in their area of expertise, and who are committed to student-centered undergraduate and graduate education in industrial and systems engineering. We strongly encourage women and minority candidates to apply.


The IMSE Department, currently at 14 tenure-track faculty, offers several BS and MS degrees, and participates in interdisciplinary Ph.D. programs in information systems engineering and automotive systems engineering. The department prides itself with its commitment to academic excellence, with its strong connections to the automotive industry and with its collegial work environment.


Qualified applicants are invited to submit a cover letter indicating the position they are applying for, a curriculum vitae, a statement of current and future research interests, a statement of teaching philosophy, and list of three references to (please indicate the position number in the subject line).


Alternatively, you can mail your application to:

IMSE Search Committee

University of Michigan-Dearborn

2300 HP-Engineering Complex

4901 Evergreen Rd.

Dearborn, MI, 48128-2406


Applications will be reviewed continuously until the position is filled with the highest priority given to applications received by November 1, 2013.

Dr. Zhimin Xi, Assistant Professor of IMSE and Rong Jing, I&SE Graduate Student won the 2013 ASME Design Automation Conference Best Paper Award

IMSE assistant professor Zhimin Xi, I&SE graduate student Rong Jing, and their two collaborators (Dr. Pingfeng Wang, Wichita State University and Dr. Chao Hu, Medtronic Inc) won the 2013 ASME Design Automation Conference Best Paper Award. The Design Automation Conference is part of the 2013 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences & Computers and Information in Engineering Conference.


This award is for the paper titled "A Copula-Based Sampling Method for Data-Driven Prognostics and Health Management." The paper presents a new data-driven prognostic approach for predicting the remaining useful life of engineering systems under uncertainty. This research is supported with the funding from Ford Motor Company. 

IMSE Faculty Dr. Jian Hu Wins IIE Transactions Best Application Paper Award in Operations Engineering & Analysis
Congratulations to Dr. Jian Hu, assistant professor of IMSE, and to his co-authors (Dr. Homem-de-Mello  and Dr. Mehrotra) for winning the 2013 Best Application Paper award in Operations Engineering & Analysis for their paper titled "Risk Adjusted Budget Allocation Models with Application in Homeland Security," IIE Transactions, 43 (12): 819-839, 2011.
Research Gant from Ford-UM Alliance to Investigate Fast Online Monitoring of Health Condition of Battery Cells with High Diagnostic Reliability

Dr. Zhimin Xi, Research Assistant Professor of IMSE and Dr. Cheol Lee, Associate Professor of IMSE received a research grant from Ford-UM Alliance to detect degradation of the battery cell capacity and power capability in operating conditions using validated lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery models under the temperature and cell-to-cell variability. Their research in this project will focus on the developement of statistically validated (or a virtual testing) battery models for capacity and power prediction, online monitoring system for battery cell capacity and power using measurable sensor signals, and the battery models to prevent premature failure of battery packs.

IMSE Department Introduces Master of Science Degree in Program and Project Management

Nationwide, there is an increasing demand for skilled and experienced professionals who can develop, deploy, and manage locally and globally developed programs in a timely and efficient manner. M.S. in Program and Project Management (M.S. in PPM) is 30 semester hours graduate degree designed to address this growing need and targets technical professionals from various industries (i.e. engineering, information technology, military, government, healthcare, energy, transportation) who need to deepen their understanding of program and project management and would like to make a transition from team members to program managers. Graduates will also have the foundation to pursue certification as a project management professional (PMP).


M.S. in PPM program draws upon the expertise of the faculty members and practitioners who do research and teach in this subject area and designed to provide a comprehensive and practical knowledge of the foundation of program and project management. While principles and theories are explained, the emphasis of the program is on how to apply them in order to swiftly and efficiently plan and organize resources so that programs are completed on schedule, on-budget, and result in a high-quality outcome. This program is thus ideal for professionals who want to enhance their ability to integrate complex projects, motivate people, and achieve cost-effective results.


For M.S. in PPM program flyer please click here.

Research Grant from Ecomotors to Support System Level Optimization of Complex Mechanical Systems
Professor Yubao Chen received a research grant from Ecomotors International  to develop new system level optimization and predictive model for an opposite piston opposite cylinder (OPOC) engine.
New Grant from Hyundai - Kia Motors to Investigate Measure of Perceived Gear-Shifting Quality

This research grant from Hyundai - Kia Motors will allow Dr. Sang-Hwan Kim, assistant professor of IMSE and  Mr. ByeongWook Jeon, visiting scholar from Hyundai-Kia Motors to develop measure of gearshift quality for optimizing driver propensity in terms of vehicle ergonomics. The objectives of this research are to: 1) identify perceptive factors to describe subjective feeling of gear-shifting shock; 2) examine a mechanism to show how human drivers response to the perceived factors; 3) investigate relations between subjective driver perceptions and objective measure of gearshifting shock using G-sensors; 4) construct models of driver perception; and 5) develop a guideline for designing gear-shifting quality.

M.S. in Information Systems and Technology (MSE-IST) Program is Now Offered Online
The College of Engineering & Computer Science is now offering its M.S. in Information Systems & Technology program (MSE-IST) via distance learning technologies.

IST online courses scheduled for the winter 2010 semester include
IMSE 5715 Modeling of Intergrated Information Systems and IMSE 5655 Supply Chain Management. Other courses offered in the program in winter 2010 are IMSE 564 ABAP/4 Programming and IMSE 5725 Object Oriented System Design. Students currently enrolled in the campus-based MSE-IST program are eligible to register for online IST courses. Prospective students that would like additional information about this or other IMSE distance learning programs may contact Susan Guinn at 313-593-4000, by email at or visit
John Junge Gives 350,000 to Endow Scholarship

When John Junge was applying to college as a teenager in Jackson, Michigan, he assumed he would have to go to community college first because of financial constraints. But he won a scholarship to the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor instead. After learning about the Dearborn campus's cooperative education program, he transferred so he could earn money in his chosen profession while finishing his studies.

Now he's giving back. Junge, a member of the class of 1964, recently announced a 350,000 gift to establish a scholarship for high school students who want to major in industrial and manufacturing systems engineering at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.


"Being privileged to attend the University of Michigan is a blessing, and it's a further blessing sometimes to be able to give," Junge said via video at an event honoring him with a Distinguished Alumni Award to recognize his leadership, community service, and personal accomplishments. "So I'm announcing here today the endowment of the Junge Family Scholarship to study industrial engineering at the University of Michigan-Dearborn."

In recognition of his roots, the Junge Family Scholarship will be directed toward qualifying students from the state of Michigan and from the Jackson area, if applicable. Junge owns All-Star Inc., a San Diego-based company that provides management and operations service to government and military facilities in 18 states and Germany.

The Junge family has previously made other gifts to the university, most notably to the athletics programs. The Junge Family Champions Center in Ann Arbor is named in their honor.

Research Grant from Samchun Pure Chemical to Support Materials Development for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells

Professor Cheol Lee received a research grant from Samchun Pure Chemical for development of electrode materials for solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC). Dr. Lee and his research team will be working on new DOE, data mining, cost modeling and  optimization techniques for establishing relationships between powder characteristics and performance of a small single solid oxide fuel cell.