Faculty Profile

Jennifer A. Pazour, PhD

Jennifer Pazour, PhD, is an assistant professor of Industrial Engineering and Management Systems at the University of Central Florida. She holds three degrees in Industrial Engineering (a BS from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, as well as a MS and PhD from the University of Arkansas). Her research interests involve applying operations research methodologies to logistic challenges in health care, sustainable supply chains, distribution center design, and transportation. Her research has been published in leading journals including IIE Transactions, Interfaces, and Health Care Management Science. She is a past recipient of a Doctoral Dissertation Enhancement Project from the National Science Foundation, and national fellowships from Tau Beta Pi, the Institute of Industrial Engineers, and the Material Handling Education Foundation.

Luis Rabelo, PhD

Luis Rabelo, PhD, is an associate professor of Industrial Engineering and Management Systems at the University of Central Florida. He holds degrees in Electrical/Mechanical Engineering (BS from the Technological University of Panama), a MS in Electrical Engineering (Florida Tech), a MS and Ph.D. in Engineering Management (University of Missouri), and a dual MS in Systems and Management (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). His research interests are in distributed and hybrid simulation, advance management systems, and Artificial Intelligence. His research has been published in leading journals and conference proceedings (260 papers). He has three international patents in artificial intelligence and aerospace applications. He has received many awards among them ONE NASA in 2006, the Alumni of the Year of the Technological University of Panama in 2008, Fulbright Scholar in 2008, Two NASA Group Achievement Awards, the Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence 2007, the 2004 Arch T. Colwell Merit Award from the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), the 23rd Annual Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Corporation (HENAAC) Education Award Winner in STEM in 2011, the Engineer Educator of the year 2011 by the US Engineer’s Council, and the 2013 International Joseph McFarland Award from SAE.

Qipeng Phil Zheng, PhD

Qipeng Phil Zheng, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Systems at University of Central Florida. He received his PhD in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering from the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at University of Florida, Gainesville, in 2010. He has worked in the fields of stochastic optimization, network optimization, integer programming and applications in a variety of areas, such as energy systems, transportation planning, production planning, etc. Currently, he is focusing on research of stochastic unit commitment, multistage stochastic power systems expansion planning with multiple resources, co-optimization of both power system, natural gas transportation and storage system expansion, smart grid consumer market equilibrium models, transportation planning, evacuation planning, traveling physician location and assignment problem, etc.
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