DATE:            Friday, March 29, 2013

TIME:            11:00am  - 12:00pm

LOCATION: Room 4201, Nguyen Engineering building



SE + OR = Breakthrough

Leon F. McGinnis, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus

Georgia Institute of Technology



The field of operations research is, in a fundamental way, about system
modeling-specifically about modeling analyses (and their computational
implementations) that can support system design or operations questions.
The field of systems engineering is moving toward "model based systems
engineering" in which formal system descriptive models are the foundation
for integrating the many stakeholders involved in system design or
operation.  The marriage of these two fields is inevitable, and will result
in a broader and deeper penetration of OR into systems decision making, and
more rigorous and reliable methods for engineering large complex systems of
systems.  This talk will identify some of the challenges, the opportunities,
the enabling technologies, the current capabilities, and what we can expect
in the future.


Short Bio

Leon McGinnis is Professor Emeritus in the Stewart School of Industrial and
Systems Engineering at Georgia Tech.  He is internationally known for his
leadership in the material handling research community and his research in
the area of discrete event logistics systems.  A frequent speaker at
international conferences, he has received several awards from professional
societies for his innovative research, including the David F. Baker Award
from IIE, the Reed-Apple Award from the Material Handling Education
Foundation, and the Material Handling Innovation Pioneer award from Material
Handling Management Magazine.  He is author or editor of eight books, one
journal special issue, and more than 110 technical publications.  At Georgia
Tech, Professor McGinnis has held leadership positions in a number of
industry-focused centers and multi-disciplinary programs, including the
Material Handling Research Center, the Computer Integrated Manufacturing
Systems Program, the Manufacturing Research Center, the Sustainable Design
and Manufacturing Program, the Tennenbaum Institute for Enterprise
Transformation, and the Model-Based Systems Engineering Research Center.
His current research explores the adaptation of Model Driven Architecture
and formal systems modeling methods to achieve model based engineering of
discrete event logistics systems.  Professor McGinnis is a Fellow of the
Institute of Industrial Engineering.





Edward Huang

Assistant Professor

Volgenau School of Engineering

George Mason University

Nguyen Engineering Building, Room 2238

Fairfax, VA 22030

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