Smith named Fulbright specialist

Published: Feb 10, 2016 1:30:00 PM
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Alice Smith

Alice Smith, Joe W. Forehand/Accenture distinguished professor in Auburn University’s Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, has been named as a Fulbright specialist by the J. William Fulbright scholarship board. Smith will teach a two-week facilities design and logistics course for master’s degree students in March at the Universidad EAFIT, a private university in Medellin, Colombia. She will also teach at one its three branches in Pereira.

The Fulbright Scholar Program awards grants to U.S. faculty members and professors to connect qualified U.S. professionals with their overseas counterparts. The grant allows professionals to engage in short, two- to six-week projects within their specific disciplines. The small time span benefits Fulbright specialists by allowing flexibility with current academic and professional commitments.

In 2013, Smith was named as a senior Fulbright fellow and visiting professor and taught a five-month semester course at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey. She has authored more than 200 publications, served as a principal investigator on more than $7 million of sponsored research and has received numerous honors and accolades for her contributions to industrial and systems engineering. Smith’s work uses computational intelligence, which includes artificial neural networks, meta-heuristics and fuzzy systems, and is combined with techniques from probability and statistics, as well as operations research.

Established in 1946, the Fulbright Scholar Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of States’ Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and is named after Sen. J. William Fulbright who introduced the legislation.