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Drs. Mingzhou Jin and Jim Ostrowski Won Research Awards from TCE

Academic and administrative colleagues of the Tickle College of Engineering (TCE) show appreciation for each other every day as a matter of course. Each spring, the college makes the highest of these acknowledgements official with the annual Faculty and Staff Awards. Please see the whole announcement from TCE at

Research Achievement Awards

Recognize tenured faculty members who have been tenure-line for more than 10 years and have received national and/or international recognition in their field.

Mingzhou Jin
Professor, Industrial and Systems Engineering

Jin’s research focuses on operations research and its application in sustainability, transportation and logistics, supply chain, additive and smart manufacturing, and climate science. Jin’s research has been published in multiple high impact journals and is widely supported through grants and contracts from a broad spectrum of federal, local government agencies, and corporations including NSF, DoE, ORNL, Y12, Argonne, TDoT, America Makes, FedEx, Nissan, and the Material Handling Industry, among others.

Professional Promise in Research Awards

Recognize tenured or tenure-track faculty members at the assistant or associate professor rank who have received national and/or international recognition in their fields and show professional promise in their research.

Jim Ostrowski
Associate Professor, Industrial and Systems Engineering

Ostrowski is a recognized expert in the area of exploiting symmetry in optimization methods, for which was recently awarded a DoE Early Career Award. He also researches the application of optimization to power systems problems, for which he is using and expanding upon integer programming techniques to better solve the unit commitment problem—the problem of providing a minimum-cost schedule of power generators that will meet forecasted demand—which is critically important to energy markets nationwide.