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October 3, 2017

Two professors honored with professional society awards

Written By: Silke Schmidt


Two professors in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison were recently honored with professional society awards.

 Robert Radwin
Robert Radwin

Professor Robert Radwin received the Jack A. Kraft Innovator Award from the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) for his efforts to extend and diversify the application of human factors and ergonomics principles and methods to new areas of application. Radwin is also affiliated with the Department of Biomedical Engineering, the Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation and the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery.

Radwin’s research focuses on the physiological and biomechanical aspects of work, with the goal of improving the design of jobs, equipment, tools, products, and environments to maximize human capabilities and minimize physical stress and fatigue. Radwin will receive the award in October 2017 at the HFES annual meeting in Austin, Texas.

Assistant Professor Alberto Del Pia and his co-author Aida Khajavirad, an assistant professor of operations research at the University of Texas at Austin, won the Young Researcher Prize from the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), the leading international association for operations research and analytics professionals.

 Alberto Del Pia
Alberto Del Pia

This prize is one of the highest honors for optimization researchers in the early stages of their career. Established in 1998, it is awarded annually to one or more young researcher(s) for an outstanding paper in optimization published in a refereed professional journal within the four calendar years preceding the year of the award.

Del Pia is also affiliated with the Department of Computer Sciences, the Department of Mathematics and the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery. He researches theoretical and algorithmic aspects of mixed-integer optimization, with a special emphasis on linear and polynomial functions. Del Pia and Khajavirad will receive the prize in October 2017 at the INFORMS annual meeting in Houston, Texas.