Honors and Awards



  • Named Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) (2017)
  • Fulbright Senior Fellow (Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaíso, Valparaiso, Chile) 2017

  • Systems Engineering Research Center UARC Best Student Paper 2016 Research Review, “Manufacturing cost prediction in the presence of categorical and numeric design attributes” by Eren Sakinc* and Alice E. Smith

  • Wellington Award (highest honor in engineering economics) 2016
  • Fulbright Specialist (EAFIT, Medellin, Colombia) 2016

  • Named Joe W. Forehand / Accenture Distinguished Professor (2015)

  • Fulbright Senior Fellow (Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey) 2013

  • Named Area Editor of Computers & Operations Research (Elsevier) 2013

  • Named Area Editor – Heuristic Search and Learning, INFORMS Journal on Computing (INFORMS) 2013

  • IIE Albert G. Holzman Distinguished Educator Award (2012)

  • Named W. Allen and Martha Reed Endowed Professor (2012)

  • Selected to be a member of the INFORMS Speakers Program (2011)

  • Selected as Fulbright Specialist candidate in the areas of gender and engineering, engineering accreditation and engineering administration (2011-2016)

  • INFORMS WORMS Award for the Advancement of Women in OR/MS (2009)

  • E. L. Grant Award for the Best Paper published in The Engineering Economist, Volume 50 (2006)

  • ASEE Zone II Best Paper Award (2004)

  • Named Fellow of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE) (2003)

  • William A. J. Golomski Award for the Best Paper by an IIE member at the 2002 Reliability and Maintainability Symposium (RAMS) (2003)
  • Named Philpott-WestPoint Stevens Distinguished Professor by Auburn University College of Engineering (partially endowed position) (2001-04)
  • Senior Faculty Research Award, College of Engineering, Auburn University (given annually as the highest honor in research) (2001)
  • IIE Gold Award, Quality Control and Reliability Engineering Division Director (2001)
  • ADVANCE Leadership Award from the National Science Foundation (2001-2004)
  • E. L. Grant Award for the Best Paper published in The Engineering Economist, Volume 43 (1999)
  • Board of Visitors Faculty Award, School of Engineering, University of Pittsburgh (given annually for outstanding achievements in research and scholarly activity) (1996)
  • Faculty Early Career Development Grant (CAREER) by the National Science Foundation (1995-1999)
  • Board of Visitors Faculty Award, School of Engineering, University of Pittsburgh (given annually for outstanding achievements in research and scholarly activity) (1996)
  • Named Board of Visitors Faculty Fellow by University of Pittsburgh School of Engineering (partially endowed position) (1994-99)
  • Missouri Society of Professional Engineers, St. Louis Young Engineer of the Year (1990)
  • Society of Women Engineers, St. Louis Distinguished New Engineer of the Year (1989)
  • Southwestern Bell Key Contributor Award (1989)