Industrial Engineering Research

Dr. Nurcin Celik
Simulation-Based Optimization of Solid Waste Management and Recycling Programs:
Solid waste produced as a by-product of our daily activities poses a major threat to societies as populations grow and economic development advances. However, the solid waste management systems are very large scale, and diverse resulting in many uncertainties, and serves to numerous stakeholders with divergent objectives. In this study, we propose a simulation-based decision-making and optimization framework for the analysis and development of effective solid waste management and recycling programs. The proposed solution includes a database and two main modules: an assessment module and a resource allocation optimization module. The assessment module will identify the sources of uncertainties in the system, which will be then parameterized and incorporated into the resource allocation optimization module. The resource allocation optimization module will involve a discrete-continuous model of the system under consideration, with respect to the waste types and characteristics, costs, environmental impacts, types, location and capacities of processing facilities, and their technological capabilities. Then, the multi-criteria problem of the allocation of limited resources (the quantities and characteristics of the refuse to be sent to various treatment facilities, to landfill, and to recycling) will be solved via the optimization mechanism embedded in the resource allocation optimization module. Here, the optimum solution is considered as the combination of parameters that will lead to the highest recycling rate with minimum cost and maximum environmental benefits. The proposed framework will be demonstrated for the Solid Waste Management System in the State of Florida. Team has been in regular contact with Miami-Dade County Department of Solid Waste Management (DSWM). Dr. Celik’s Website

Dr. Vincent Omachonu
Primary Care Grants: Evaluation and Monitoring:
Every year, the Health Foundation of South Florida awards over $1 million dollars to community health organizations in Miami-Dade and Broward counties. These awards are for primary care services such as providing care for diabetes, hypertension, improving patient flow, implementing the Electronic Medical Record system, etc. The purpose of the grant I received from the Health Foundation is for me to conduct research evaluation and monitoring for all of the primary health grants awarded by the Foundation. This is a four-year grant totaling about $120,000. In conducting the research evaluation and monitoring, I design the outcome measures, monitor the progress on the grant, design data collection tools, review the grant work and provide feedback to the grantees and the Health Foundation. I work closely with the community organizations (grantees) by providing guidance and feedback regarding data collection, measurements, outcomes objectives, process objectives, and activities. This requires visits to the community organizations’ sites and several telephone conference calls during the grant period. Dr. Omachonu’s Website