Lehigh ISE PhD students recognized by INFORMS, IISE, Chicago Quantum Exchange and QuantX

Lehigh ISE PhD Student Brendan Ruskey won 2nd Prize in the IISE Thesis Pitch Competition

Lehigh ISE is proud to announce that PhD student Brendan Ruskey won a Second Prize in the IISE Thesis Pitch Competition in the People and Systems Category for his 3-minute pitch Optimization Models for Voting and Election Administration, under the supervision of Lehigh ISE Professor Lawrence V. Snyder. The award was received on May 22, 2023, at the IISE Conference & Expo during a luncheon with the Council of Industrial Engineering Academic Department Heads (CIEADH). Lehigh ISE PhD students Griffin Kent and Zeguan Wu were also among the participants in the competition.

Lehigh ISE rising seniors Owen Brown and Brooke Cannon attended the IISE Undergraduate Colloquium as representatives of our ISE UG class, in what was by far one of the largest and most dynamic academic representations.

The Annual Conference & Expo of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineering is the foremost conference for industrial and systems engineering, where the best-in-the-field as well and promising colleagues and students can meet to network, learn about advancements in the industry, and build rewarding and life-long relationships.


­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Lehigh ISE PhD Student Mohammadhossein Mohammadisiahroudi was selected runner-up at the INFORMS Computing Society Paper Award competition

Lehigh ISE is pleased to announce that PhD student Mohammadhossein Mohammadisiahroudi was a selected runner-up for the INFORMS Computing Society Paper Award for his paper An inexact feasible interior point method for linear optimization with high adaptability to quantum computers, co-authored with his adviser, Lehigh ISE Professor Tamás Terlaky. The ICS Student Paper Award is presented annually to the best paper at the intersection of computing and operations research by a student author, as judged by an award selection committee. The runner-up awardee receives $250.00 cash. The award was presented at the INFORMS ICS Business Meeting in Phoenix, October 15-18, 2023.


Lehigh ISE PhD Student Man Yiu (Tim) Tsang was selected for the IISE Future Faculty Fellows (3F) Program 2023-2024

Lehigh ISE is pleased to announce that PhD student Man Yiu (Tim) Tsang was selected for the IISE Future Faculty Fellows (3F) Program 2023-2024. Tim was nominated by his advisor, Lehigh ISE Professor Karmel S. Shehadeh, and selected from an exceptionally qualified pool of applicants to be one of 15 participants.

This year long program will educate and prepare ISE PhD students for faculty positions in academia. Through a series of virtual meetings and one-on-one meetings with a paired faculty mentor, students will learn about the academic job market, including the application, interview, and negotiation processes, professional networking and much more.

The program will commence on October 19, 2023, and conclude at the 2024 IISE Annual Conference & Expo in Montreal, Canada.


Lehigh ISE PhD Student, Adrian Harkness won second place in the Big Q Hackathon of Chicago Quantum Exchange and QuantX

Lehigh ISE is pleased to announce that PhD Student, Adrian Harkness along with his team D2WH@ won 2nd place in the Technical Phase of the 2023 Big Q Hackathon held September 29 – October 2, 2023 in Chicago, IL.  This unique event was hosted by the Chicago Quantum Exchange (CQE) and QuantX. Both CQE and QuantX work to advance the industry of quantum computing through research, information sharing, and training.

Adrian and his team members, PhD students from University of Chicago and Northwestern, worked through a real word challenge using a quantum eigenvalue solver to calculate energy levels of a molecule that they were tasked with simulating.

The prize was sponsored by Infleqtion, Quantuum, and PASQAL. This event marked the first time this competition was held in the U.S. and quantum enthusiasts were excited to be part of this opportunity!