International Speakers

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Prof. Abhijit Deshmukh

Professor Emeritus, Former Department Head, Industrial Engineering, Purdue

Dr. Abhijit Deshmukh is an emeritus professor and the former Head of Industrial Engineering at Purdue University in United States. He has significantly contributed to manufacturing, decision-making, and complex systems. His research interests are in distributed decision-making, system complexity, mechanism design, healthcare policy, and cyberinfrastructure for engineering applications. Dr. Deshmukh received a PhD from the School of Industrial Engineering at Purdue University.

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Prof. Anthony Chiu

Distinguished Professor, La Salle University, Manila, President International Foundation for Production Research

Dr. Anthony Chiu is currently a University Fellow and Professor at the De La Salle University. His research interests include industrial engineering, sustainable consumption and production, eco-industrial development, and resource efficient and cleaner production.

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Dr. Archana Hingorani

Founder Siana Capital, Former CEO, IL&FS Investments

Dr. Archana Hingorani is a Co-Founder and serves as Managing Partner and non-executive Director at Siana Capital Management. She serves as a Board Member at Zumutor Biologics. She served as a Board Member at PNB MetLife India Insurance Company. She was a Board Member at Ramky. She also served as the Board Member at IL&FS Education and Technology Services. She was appointed as a Director on December 22, 2006. She holds a Masters's degree in business administration and a Ph.D. in corporate finance from the University of Pittsburgh, USA. She has over 26 years of experience in financial services, teaching, and research, focusing on private equity, project finance, and financial restructuring and specializing in infrastructure, manufacturing, and more recently real estate projects. She is one of the founding members of IL&FS's private equity business and has been associated with the IL&FS group of companies for the last 16 years in various capacities.

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Prof. Boaz Golany

Former VP-Research, Dean of IE, Technion, Israel

Dr. Boaz Golany is a Professor in the Faculty of Industrial Engineering and Management (IE&M) and the holder of the Samuel Gorney Chair in Engineering at the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology. His research is in the areas of Operations Management including efficiency and effectiveness analysis, supply chain management, project management and resource allocation in various areas including counterterrorism and homeland security. Prof. Golany received a PhD from the Business School of the University of Texas at Austin. He was awarded the Naor Prize and the Levy Award from the Israeli Operations Research Society, the Yigal Alon Fellowship from the Israeli Education Ministry and the Technion Academic Excellence Award.

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Prof. Bopaya Bidanda

Ernest Professor, Former Department Head, University of Pittsburgh, USA

Dr. Bopaya Bidanda holds a Ph.D. in Industrial and Management Systems Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University, an M.S. in Science & Technology from Western Carolina University, and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the National Institute of Technology (formerly KREC - Surathkal, University of Mysore). He is currently the Ernest E. Roth Professor and Chairman of the Department of Industrial Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh. He has co-published two books with McGraw Hill (Automated Factory Handbook and Shared Manufacturing), in addition to over 100 papers in international journals and conference proceedings. His research is in the area of manufacturing systems with a special focus on Cellular Manufacturing, Computer Integrated Manufacturing, New Product Development, Production Systems, Rapid Prototyping, Reverse Engineering, and Shared Manufacturing.

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Prof. Chin-Yin Huang

Professor & Department Head, Industrial Engineering, Tunghai University, Taiwan

Dr. Chin-Yin Huang holds a bachelor’s in industrial engineering from Tunghai University, Taiwan, and earned both a master’s and Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University, USA. He is a professor and dean of Industrial Engineering, Tunghai University, Taiwan. His research interests encompass Healthcare Management, Clinical Data Analysis, Distributed Manufacturing Systems, Manufacturing Process Optimization, and Manufacturing Execution Systems. Notably, he serves as the Chairman of the International Foundation for Production Research-Asia Pacific Region since December 2010, showcasing leadership and influence in the field.

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Prof. Lizhi Wang

Ken & Lynn Case Endowed Chair of Industrial Engineering, Oklahoma State University

Dr. Lizhi Wang is an endowed Chair on the faculty of Industrial Engineering at Oklahoma State University. His research areas of interest are Operation research and more specifically in bilevel optimization. His application areas are in Plant breeding, Crop modelling, Data Analytics, Digital twins, etc. He received a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from University of Pittsburgh.

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Prof. Manish Bansal

Grado Early Career Faculty Fellow & Associate Professor of Operations Research, Virginia Tech

Dr Manish Bansal is an Associate Professor & Grado Faculty fellow in Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, at Virginia Tech. University, USA. His research focus areas are Operations Research, Game Theory, Machine Learning, Data-Driven Optimization, Decision Making under Uncertainty. He received his PhD in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Texas A&M University.

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Prof. Daniela Popescu

Pro Rector, Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Dr. Daniela Popescu, based in Romania, is currently the Vice Rector of the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca. She was previously Dean of the Faculty of Machine Building there, she has helped forge many industry relationships and has worked with companies like Dassault Systems. Daniela Popescu holds a Ph.D in Industrial Engineering at Technical University of Cluj-Napoca Romania.

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Prof. Rakesh Nagi

Professor & Head, Engineering Systems, Singapore University of Technology & Design

Dr. Rakesh Nagi is a Professor and Head of the Engineering Systems and Design Pillar at the Singapore University of Technology and Design. His research interests are in Facilities Design, Production Management, Agile Manufacturing, Big Graphs, Military and Applied Operations Research, High-level Information Fusion, GPU-accelerated Computing. He received his PhD and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland. Dr. Rakesh is a recipient of the IISE David F. Baker Distinguished Research Award (2022)

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Prof. Sanjay Joshi

Professor of Industrial Engineering, Penn State

Dr. Sanjay Joshi is a Professor of Industrial Engineering at Penn State University, U.S.A. His research interests are Computer-Aided Process Planning, CAD/CAM, Control of Manufacturing Systems, and Additive Manufacturing. He received his PhD in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University.

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Prof. Sasanka Prabhala

UX Director, McKesson Inc.

Dr. Prabhala earned his B.E. in Electrical Engineering from Sathyabama University, India. He earned his M.S. in Electrical Engineering and Human Factors Engineering and his Ph.D. in Human Factors Engineering from Wright State University. He was recipient of Campus Technology Innovator’s Award in 2015 and Wright State University’s Graduate of Last Decade award in 2014. Dr. Prabhala also hold a patent in the field of consumer electronics. He is the Executive Director for Strategic Information and Business Intelligence at Wright state University. Before joining WSU, he worked at the Intel Corporation for eight years, where he drove research and development activities towards building technology innovations for Intel’s next generation of products and services.

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Prof. Subhashini Ganapathy

Professor & Department Head, Wright state university, USA

Dr. Subhashini Ganapathy is an accomplished educator, entrepreneur, and leader in the field of Industrial and Human Factors Engineering. She earned a B.S. in Instrumentation & Control Engineering from Madras University, India, followed by an M.S. in Human Factors & Industrial Engineering from Wright State University, Dayton OH. Her academic journey culminated in a Ph.D. in Humans in Complex Systems from the same university in 2006.In addition to her academic achievements, the professor is committed to fostering a culture of inclusivity, thoughtfulness, creativity, and forward-thinking within their university.

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Prof. Sunder Kekre

Vasantrao Dempo Professor of Operations Management, Carnegie Mellon University

Dr. Sunder Kekre is the Vasantrao Dempo Professor of Operations Management. His expertise is in manufacturing and operations systems, with research interests in areas such as new product development structures and time to market, strategic costing of product designs, lean innovation, and emerging global supply chains. He received a Ph.D. from the University of Rochester.