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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