Spring 2021 Events

Event invites will be sent to alumni, friends and students via email.  If you are not on our distribution list, please update your contact information.

Distinguished Alumni Panel & Lecture Series

Our UB ISE Alumni Panel and Lectures Series highlights the experiences and great achievements of some of our department’s distinguished alumni, and provides important learning experiences for interested UB engineering students, faculty and alumni.

Women in ISE: Personal Perspectives and Keys to Success, Thursday, April 15, 7-8 PM ET

We celebrate the accomplishments of our female UB ISE Alumni as they share they’re perspectives and keys to success.

Latasha Beckman.

Ms. Latasha Beckman is the deputy director, Defense Standardization Program Office (DSPO) located in the Washington DC area. Since 2004, she has promoted the use of standardization as one of the key enablers to interoperability, securing the United States industrial base, reducing total ownership costs, and maintaining operational readiness. Committed to multilateralism for the sake of strategic standardization, Ms. Beckman has been actively involved in engagement with Military Departments, Defense Agencies, Standards Development Organizations (SDOs), and U.S. Allies and Partners to develop and execute standardization policy and procedures.  She is Lean Six Sigma (Green Belt) certified, and Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act certified in multiple career fields.

Karianne Gomez.

As vice president of strategic value, Karianne Gomez leads the development of NEW’s overarching products, services, and core strategic initiatives, including research and insights, learning programs, and solutions for corporate partners, NEW regions and members. Prior to joining NEW, Karianne focused on growth strategy, commercialization and transformation across a number of companies and industries, including Pampered Chef, HAVI, and ZS, a management consulting firm. Karianne serves on the board of the Chicago chapter of Compass Pro Bono and the University at Buffalo’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Dean’s Advisory Council. She, her husband Joe, two daughters, and two mini dachshunds live in Chicago.

Maggie Ma.

Maggie Ma is a Certified Human Factors Professional (CHFP) who specializes in maintenance human factors, and a Boeing Associate Technical Fellow. Maggie has 20 years of experience in conducting applied human factors research to improve aviation safety through developing various safety programs, has authored over 70 technical publications, has chaired technical sessions, and is frequently a speaker at aviation safety conferences and workshops. Maggie joined the Boeing Company in January 2012. Her primary responsibilities include providing implementation support to customer airlines and other maintenance organizations on a wide array of safety processes/programs. Maggie and her former lead, Dr. Bill Rankin received the Engineering Team of the Year Award for Boeing Commercial Aviation Services in February 2013. Maggie received the Boeing Service Culture Excellence Award in June 2018.

Distinguished Alumni Lecture Series – Dr. Ann Bisantz, 75 Years of UB ISE: Alumni Are Our Legacy, Thursday, May 6th, 7-8 PM ET

Dr. Amy Bisantz.

Dr. Bisantz B.S. IE '89, M.S., '91 is UB Dean of Undergraduate Education and Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University at Buffalo. She has made substantial contributions to the field of human factors engineering, including investigating new techniques for displaying complex and uncertain information to decision makers; supporting the transition in complex work domains from legacy and manual information systems to more integrated, supportive IT systems; modeling human judgment and decision making; extending cognitive engineering methods which can be used to model complex human-technology work domains; and understanding aspects of human trust in automated systems. This research has been conducted in a number of complex work environments, including health care, military systems, emergency management, and transportation; and has included interdisciplinary collaborations with researchers in health care and information fusion. She has been PI or CoI on over 15M in funded research projects from agencies including the National Science Foundation, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and numerous defense agencies. She is the past recipient of an NSF CAREER award, was recognized with a SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Research and Creative Activity, and is a Fellow of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES). She has served as an Associate Editor or on the Editorial Board of a number of journals and has served HFES as a member-at-large of the Executive Council. She is the recipient of the HFES Fitts’ Education award for her contributions to human factors education and was the 2020 HFES WOMAN Mentor of the year. She is past chair of the UB ISE department and since 2018 has served as the University at Buffalo’s Dean of Undergraduate Education, where she is responsible for university wide leadership in undergraduate education, curriculum, and policy with oversight of general education and the UB Honors College. Her PhD is from the Georgia Institute of Technology. 

Summer 2021 Events

Engineering Management: Pitfalls and Best Practices, Thursday, June 10, 7-8 PM

UB alumni from ISE’s Engineering Management program discusses their personal challenges and success stories in leading and managing in challenging engineering environments.

Entrepreneurship and Intrapreneurship: How to be an ISE Innovator, Thursday, July 15, 2021, 7-8 PM

ISE is not just about making incremental improvements to processes.  UB ISE alumni share their experiences in developing new products and processes that have addressed important technology and societal challenges.

Fall 2021 Events

Co-hosted by SEAS

Grand Opening of SOAR-Date TBD

SOAR.

Enjoy a full day of departmental tours and the grad opening of our newest facility for outdoor autonomous research (SOAR). 

Dr. Kay Stanney- Date TBD

Dr. Kay Stanney.

Re-Imagineering the Enterprise: Empowering Humanity with Innovative Technology

CEO and founder of Design Interactive Inc. and member of the National Academy of Engineering BS ’86 Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering.

Spring 2022 Events

Dr. Mark Karwan- Date TBD

Dr. Mark Karwan.

A Reflection on the Past 50 Years

Dr. Karwan comes to you with over five decades of experience.  From Professor, to Department chair, to Dean.