Andrew J. Schaefer
, the Noah Harding Chair and Professor of Computational and Applied Mathematics (CAAM) at Rice University, has been named a Fellow of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE).
The Fellow award is the highest classification of membership in IISE, given in recognition of those who have made “significant, nationally recognized contributions to industrial engineering.”
Schaefer, director of the recently established professional master’s degree program in industrial engineering, joined the Rice faculty in 2015 after 15 years with the Department of Industrial Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh. He earned a Ph.D. in industrial and systems engineering from Georgia Tech in 2000, and a B.A. and a professional master’s degree in CAAM from Rice in 1994.
He was named the Outstanding Young Engineer by the Rice Engineering Alumni association in 2013, and in 2007 he received the Outstanding Young Industrial Engineering Education Award from the Institute of Industrial Engineers. In 2006, he won the NSF CAREER Award.
Schaefer will formally receive the award during the IISE Annual Conference and Expo to be held May 18-21 in Orlando, Fla.