Smith elected to national institute, slated as keynote speaker at international conference

Published: Feb 3, 2014 1:30:00 PM
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alice smithAlice Smith, W. Allen and Martha Reed professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, has been selected to give a keynote address at the 2014 International Conference on Quality, Reliability, Risk, Maintenance, and Safety Engineering, in Dalian, Liaoning, China.

Smith, also recently elected as a senior vice president of the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE), will be among seven individuals presenting at the conference in July. She will speak on multi-objective genetic algorithms for optimization of reliable systems, based on the paper she co-authored for the journal “Reliability Engineering & System Safety,” which is the second most cited of the more than 3,000 papers included in the journal.

As Smith prepares for the conference, she will also be fulfilling her newly elected responsibilities with IIE, including a Board of Trustees appointment. Her position will be in charge of all IIE publications including multiple leading scholarly journals. This is a three-year appointment in which she will partner with IIE leaders to explore innovative methods and ideas to expand industrial systems engineering. IIE is the world’s largest professional society dedicated solely to the support of the industrial engineering profession and individuals involved with improving quality and productivity.

“Alice is a perfect example of the industry involvement we encourage from our entire faculty in engineering,” said Christopher B. Roberts, dean of engineering. “We are proud she has the opportunity to represent our college at the international conference, and even more impressive, was invited to be a keynote speaker. It is evident her knowledge, experience and dedication to the industry is what earned her this deserved honor,” Roberts said.

Smith, who received the IIE Albert G. Holzman Distinguished Educator award in 2012, has been on the Auburn faculty since 1999.