Susan Albin

Past Awards

INFORMS Elected Fellows: Winner(s)

George E. Kimball Medal: Awardee(s)
2012 - Awardee(s)

Susan Albin received the Eng.Sc.D. degree in Operations Research from Columbia University and the BS and MS degrees in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from NYU.  She is currently Professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Rutgers University and served as Graduate Director there for 14 years.  As a visiting professor in Mechanical Engineering at Peninsula Technikon in South Africa, Professor Albin helped to establish a degree program in Quality Engineering that now has over 200 students who apply their knowledge in manufacturing, textiles, food processing, and tourism.  Before joining Rutgers, she worked at Bell Laboratories and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

Prof. Albin’s areas of research are quality engineering, process monitoring and control, multivariate statistics, data mining and stochastic modeling. Her work has been applied in areas including medical device manufacturing, semiconductor manufacturing and electronics assembly, food processing, advanced display technology, and plastics recycling.  Professor Albin's research has been supported by NSF, FAA, DOD, the Council for Solid Waste Solutions, and industrial partners. Her research has appeared in journals including IIE Transactions, Operations Research, Management Science, and the Journal of Quality Technology.  Her work has been awarded Best Paper prizes from IIE Transactions and she has been a keynote speaker at international conferences.  She is the recipient of the Rutgers School of Engineering Excellence in Teaching Award and the Exxon Education Foundation Award. Professor Albin is the Editor-in-Chief of IIE Transactions and has served as Focus Issue Editor of IIE Transactions on Quality and Reliability Engineering and also as Associate Editor for Management Science.  Professor Albin is Fellow of IIE, the Institute of Industrial Engineers.

Professor Albin has been active member of INFORMS and its predecessors since 1981.  She was the 2010 President of INFORMS and has served as INFORMS Secretary and as a member of the ORSA Board of Directors.  As president of INFORMS, Professor Albin is most proud of the work of the Board in formulating INFORMS future with new sources of revenue and a more fact based budgeting system. During her tenure the Board set the stage for expanding INFORMS to serve the Analytics community with services and products.  She was a founder of the INFORMS section on Quality, Statistics, and Reliability and chaired its first Advisory Council.  She was also a founding member of WORMS, Women in OR/MS.  Professor Albin has been a member of the Publications committee and served on search committees for editors of INFORMS journals.  She has served on the meetings committee where she promoted the idea of “meeting within a meeting.”  She has served on award committees including the Edelman Prize, the Wagner Prize, and the Dantzig Dissertation Prize, has given lectures at the Doctoral Colloquium, and served on the council of ORSA Technical Section on Applied Probability

For her contribution to the field of operations research and the management sciences and her distinguished service to INFORMS and its predecessors, the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences expresses its sincere appreciation by awarding the 2012 George E. Kimball Medal to Susan Albin