Main Contact

Advisor: Dr. Richard Sowers



10697193_10204016027214465_6970926835644318138_oRahul Swamy

I’m a Ph.D. student in Industrial Engineering with primary focus in Operations Research. Prior to this, I got a  Masters degree in IE (Operations Research) from SUNY Buffalo and a Bachelors degree in Engineering Physics from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras. My research interests are in Discrete Optimization, Bike Sharing Systems, Social Network Analysis and Humanitarian Logistics. In my free time, I like traveling to places I’ve never been before and also trying out new campus activities.

Vice President

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I am a first year Masters student in Statistics and a recent graduate in Industrial Engineering from Iowa State University. My interests are in the application of statistical modeling and machine learning methods to improve processes in transportation, agriculture, and manufacturing systems. Reach out to me if you want to collaborate on an interesting project or research question!


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I’m a junior studying Systems Engineering and Design (formally General Engineering) in the ISE department. I am deeply involved in ISE department, as I am also a board member in the Illinois Society of General Engineers and Gamma Epsilon, the honor society for SED majors. I’m also involved in theater organizations, doing lighting design in my spare time.


Undergraduate Research Coordinator

Rasika Deshmukh