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Engineering PhD Student Awarded Prize for Paper at Annual IISE Research Conference

Yusuf Secerdin, a PhD candidate and research assistant at the University of Miami (UM) Department of Industrial Engineering’s Anthony Burns Center for Advanced Supply Chain Management (CASCM), took home the third-place prize for the Best Student Paper in Logistics and Supply Chain (LSC) at this year’s Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineering (IISE) Research Conference.

Secerdin’s paper titled “Capacity Balancing in Service Network Design Problems,” was ranked third among 27 papers submitted. He was awarded $200 by the IISE LSC division for his paper.

“The common assumption is that the capacity for a freight carriers’ assets is capable of handling all of the forecasted demand; however, we assume that there are certain times in which peak demand exceeds that capacity,” Secerdin explains. “Therefore, carriers must either add additional assets, disperse demand through early or late delivery with a penalty, or outsource.”

Secerdin’s paper proposes a modeling approach that jointly incorporates asset management and sizing, outsourcing, and earliness or tardiness.

IISE is the world’s largest professional society dedicated solely to the support of the industrial and system engineer. It is an international, nonprofit association that provides leadership for the application, education, training, research and development of industrial and systems engineering.

“The entire lab is so proud of Yusuf and his ability to communicate the excitement and passion he has for his research,” says Murat Erkoc, an associate professor in the College of Engineering’s (CoE) Department of Industrial Engineering and director of the CASCM.

The CASCM, located in the UMCoE, focuses on research, development and training in the field of supply chain management. The Center serves as a collaborative platform that brings together professionals, academicians and students. The Center aims at advancing knowledge, practice, education and research in solving complex decision-making problems using data analytics and optimization algorithms. CASCM establishes relationships and collaborations with active industry members located in South Florida and the LAC (Latin America and the Caribbean basin).

“I really enjoyed meeting the other finalists from other IISE societies and fields,” Secerdin says. “It was a treat to learn about research not only from my field, but also be exposed to other areas.”

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