Industrial Engineering Research Team Recognized With International Paper Award

From left: Cesar Ruiz, Ed Pohl and Haitao Liao.
Photo Submitted

From left: Cesar Ruiz, Ed Pohl and Haitao Liao.

An industrial engineering research team has been selected for a national prize for their work to optimize maintenance practices in complex systems.

The team — including recent doctoral graduate Cesar Ruiz, professor Ed Pohl and professor Haitao Liao — was selected for the William A. Golomski Award at the 2021 Reliability and Maintainability Symposium. The Golomski award recognizes an outstanding research paper from the symposium's proceedings.

The paper "Selective Maintenance of Multi-Component Systems with Multiple Failure Modes," was presented at the group's conference in early 2020.

Ruiz is a recent graduate of the Department of Industrial Engineering. During his time as a graduate student, he published numerous journal articles and was featured in many refereed conference proceedings. The recipient of numerous awards throughout his time at the University, he was a two-time finalist for Best Student Paper in the QCRE division of IISE. Ruiz is conducting post-doctoral work at the University of Southern California.

Pohl, who is head of the Department of Industrial Engineering and holds the Twenty-First Century Professorship in Engineering, also earned the Golomski Award in 2011. His primary research interests are in risk, reliability, engineering optimization, healthcare and supply chain risk analysis, decision making, and quality.  He is a Certified Professional Engineering Manager and Certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt.  Pohl is a Fellow of the Institute for Industrial and Systems Engineers, the American Society of Engineering Management, and the Society of Reliability Engineers.

The prize marks the third time Liao has received the Golomski Award. His research interests include reliability models, applied statistics, maintenance and service logistics, prognostics, probabilistic risk assessment, and analytics of sensor data. His research has been sponsored by the National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and various industry partners. Liao is a Fellow of IISE.

Kim Needy, dean of the College of Engineering, praised the team's efforts.

"This award is a significant recognition of the high-quality research taking place in the Department of Industrial Engineering," she said. "The fact our researchers have been repeatedly awarded this prize reflects the sustained excellence present in the department. Congratulations to Drs. Liao, Ruiz and Pohl."

The award will be presented at the Reliability and Maintainability Symposium 2021 conference, which is scheduled to be held Jan. 25-28 in Orlando.


Tamara Ellenbecker, media specialist
Department of Industrial Engineering

Nick DeMoss, director of communications
College of Engineering


Appointments Required for COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics on Campus

The U of A is working to help vaccinate as many of its eligible employees as quickly as possible, but appointments are required for clinics on campus.

Journalism Alumna Directs Exclusive Documentary on Pardoned Politician Duke Cunningham

Ninette Sosa, an alumna of the School of Journalism and Strategic Media, directed the first look at former U.S. Rep. Randall "Duke" Cunningham, who was convicted of bribery and tax evasion.

Congratulations Employees of the 1st Quarter

Andrea Allan, Kendall Davis, Hershel Hartford, A.J. Olsen andd Jackie Wills were named employees of the 1st Quarter for 2020-2021.

Endnote Remote Instruction Sessions

Need to cite sources for your paper, thesis or dissertation? Register to attend one of the EndNote Web citation manager remote instruction sessions coming up in February.

City Closing Part of Cleveland Street Jan. 25-29

The Water and Sewer Department of Fayetteville will close part of West Cleveland Street between Razorback Road and Hall Avenue, affecting access to parking lots 40A and 41 and Transit Route 48.

News Daily