Industrial Engineering Doctoral Student Earns Military Research Fellowship

Nick Shallcross
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Nick Shallcross

An industrial engineering doctoral student has earned a military research scholarship to further his research into decision-making in Department of Defense purchasing programs.

Doctoral student and active duty Army officer Nick Shallcross was notified earlier this year he is the recipient of the Omar N. Bradley Research Fellowship.

The fellowship is given to support an active duty military officer to pursue research in mathematical sciences. Selection for the fellowship is made without regard to rank, branch, or affiliation and is granted to officers who are actively engaged in research or have the best-developed plans for providing significant contributions to Army and defense-related problems.

Shallcross said he became aware of the fellowship while pursuing his master's degree at the Air Force Institute of Technology. Now working on his doctoral degree, his dissertation research centers on developing a deployable decision support tool to address uncertainty and system strength in Department of Defense system purchasing programs. Ultimately, the research will be used to support U.S. Army Acquisition Decisions.

Working with his adviser, research professor Greg Parnell, Shallcross will present his research at the 87th Military Operations Research Society Symposium in Colorado Springs in June. The presentation will be followed by a submission of the work into a peer-reviewed operations research, decision analysis, or industrial engineering journal.

The Military Operations Research Society fellowship has a long and distinguished history, dating back more than 50 years. The first MORS Symposium was sponsored by the Office of Naval Research-Pasadena, in 1957. By the eighth MORS Symposium, the event became a nationally-oriented joint-service meeting. In 1966, the Military Operations Research Society incorporated, and is led by an elected 28-member Board of Directors and supported by a professional staff. MORS holds a Department of Defense contract with funding from the Navy, Army, Air Force, Marine Corps and the Office of the Secretary of the Defense.

Contacts

Tamara Ellenbecker, website developer
Industrial Engineering
479-575-3157, tellenb@uark.edu

Nick DeMoss, director of communications
College of Engineering
479-575-5697, ndemoss@uark.edu

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