Faculty, Student, and Alumni Grants

The ISE department is actively pursuing funded research across an array of industrial engineering-related areas.

Developing Autonomous Wheelchairs

A $50,000 National Science Foundation National I-Corps Program grant supports associate professor Zhimin Xi’s and his team’s investigation of wheelchair limitations and the development of affordable and reliable autonomous wheelchairs to enhance mobility for people with disabilities.

Addressing Wind Energy Challenges

Assistant professor Aziz Ezzat has received a Rutgers Global Grants award to develop a collaborative research project with Cairo University to address wind energy challenges in New Jersey and Egypt with data science and operations research methods and tools.

Ezzat has also received an NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) supplement to his active NSF award that is deploying digitization and predictive and prescriptive analytics to determine the optimal balance for wind farm profitability. The supplement will fund two undergraduate ISE students for a year to work on the project.


Farzad Yousefian was awarded a $400,000 grant from the Department of Energy (DOE) for his project titled “Randomized Federated Learning Methods for Nonsmooth, Nonconvex, and Hierarchical Optimization.” This project is in collaboration with Dr. Uday V. Shanbhag from Penn State University (09/2022 – 08/2024, Rutgers’ portion: $214K, total: $400K).

On-Board Vehicular Diagnostics Research Funded

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJ-EDA) in collaboration with 4AI Inc. has funded Aziz Ezzat’s projected development of big data analytics tools and solutions for on-board vehicular diagnostics and prognostics.

Student Receives Award and Fellowship

Third year doctoral student Feng Ye received the Best Student Paper Award in the Sustainability: Science , Engineering, and Analytics track at the 2022 INFORMS annual meeting for “AIRU-WRF: A physics-guided spatio-temporal model for offshore wind energy forecasting.”

Ye, who is working with Aziz Ezzat, was selected as a graduate fellow at Rutgers’ NJ Wind Institute Fellowship Program, which provides him with $30,000 of funding to conduct research of offshore wind energy forecasting and operations.

Alumna Awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Alina Gorbunova, ENG ’22 will further her doctoral studies in systems informatics and control at Georgia Tech H. Milton Stewart School of ISyE with help from an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. The SoE Honors Academy student and ISE major, reports on LinkedIn that she is focusing her research on system modeling, monitoring, diagnostics, and control with high dimensional complex data for in-process quality improvements using machine learning and data.