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Application of IE Principles in Industry

Dr. Sushanta Sahu
SEC 105

This seminar will focus on the application of technical Industrial Engineering (IE) concepts at a large, small-volume high-mix manufacturing and services company. Examples will be covered in the use of Queuing Theory, Decision Making, Optimization, Data and Text Mining, and Process and Flow Simulation towards solving pertinent business problems. Strong technical background in IE combined with the ‘soft’ people skills that most IEs come armed with make them indispensable in industry. The goal is to understand the importance of a great theoretical foundation that can set you apart in an industrial setting.


Dr. Sushanta Sahu is the Director of Manufacturing Systems for the Rig Technologies segment at National Oilwell Varco, headquartered in Houston TX. He is responsible for leading a team that provides strategic support to the segment’s global manufacturing operations. His focus is on ensuring Manufacturing Fundamentals, Operational Excellence, Process and Technology Innovation, University Partnerships, and Implementation of Strategic Initiatives. Sushanta has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Birla Institute of Technology and Sciences, Pilani India, a master’s in industrial engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a Ph.D. in industrial and systems engineering from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He also has a certification in Manufacturing Leadership from the Rice University.