Meet Our Faculty

  • Janis Terpenny headshot

    Professor
    SEOR and Mechanical Engineering
    College of Engineering and Computing

    Janis Terpenny is a professor with joint appointments in the Department of Systems Engineering and Operations Research and the Department of Mechanical Engineering.  Her research focuses on smart integrated systems and processes for design and manufacturing and on design education.
  • Associate Professor, Systems Engineering and Operations Research, College of Engineering and Computing

    Jie Xu’s research focuses on stochastic optimization using simulation and its implementation in high-performance and cloud computing environment, robust data-driven decision-making and uncertainty quantification, rare event simulation, and computational intelligence. Xu’s application areas of interest include revenue management, risk management, power networks, data centers, cloud, health care, and production planning.
  • Professor, Systems Engineering and Operations Research, Volgenau

    As an instructor, Abbas Zaidi’s pedagogical approach has been to challenge his students to solve real world problems as independent thinkers, utilizing their learned techniques and not relying solely on solution recipes provided in textbooks or lectures. He thinks his job as a teacher ends the moment a student becomes an independent learner. As a teacher, he finds this journey rewarding in many ways for both himself and for his students: he thinks the students have taught him more in this process. He firmly believes that learning should be a fulfilling and, therefore, a joyful experience.