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Keynote Speakers

Keynote speakers, renowned experts in industrial engineering and management, set the tone for the various sections of the annual conference.

Sunday, May 31

Linda P. Hudson

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Linda P. Hudson
The Cardea Group

Linda P. Hudson is the founder, chairman and CEO of The Cardea Group, a consultancy specializing in C-suite transitions, organizational transformations and adaptive strategies. With 40 years in the global defense, aerospace and security sector, Hudson has turned around failing organizations, navigated successful mergers and acquisitions, enhanced diversity and cultures, and developed senior leaders through innovative coaching methods. Hudson retired in January 2014 as president and CEO of BAE Systems Inc., which had 40,000 employees and $13 billion in annual revenue during her tenure.

Hudson held a variety of senior management positions in engineering, production operations, program management and business development during a period of significant consolidation in the defense industry. Beginning her career with the Harris Corp. and Ford Aerospace, she led organizations at Martin Marietta through the Lockheed Martin merger and a subsequent divestiture to General Dynamics.

She is a director on the boards of BAE Systems Inc., Bank of America and Southern Company. She currently serves on the nonprofit boards of the University of Florida Foundation and Center for a New American Security, a bipartisan national security think tank. She has been cited as one of Fortune magazine's 50 Most Powerful Women in Business four times, and she was inducted into the Washington Business Hall of Fame in December 2013. Also in 2013, Hudson was the first woman to receive the Association of the U.S. Army’s John W. Dixon Award for her industry leadership and contribution to national security.

A graduate of the University of Florida, Hudson received her bachelor's degree in systems engineering with honors. She remains active in the alumni and athletic associations and serves on advisory boards for the College of Engineering. Honored as a distinguished alumnus, she is a member of the Industrial and Systems Engineering Hall of Fame. She holds an honorary doctorate in engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and recently received an honorary doctorate in science from the University of Florida.

Monday, June 1

Mark S. Daskin

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Mark S. Daskin
University of Michigan

Mark S. Daskin is the department chair and Clyde W. Johnson Collegiate Professor of the Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering at the University of Michigan. Prior to joining the faculty at Michigan, Daskin was on the faculty at Northwestern University (1980-2009) and the University of Texas (1978-1979). Daskin received his Ph.D. from the civil engineering department at MIT in 1978. He also holds a B.S.C.E. degree from that department and a certificate of post-graduate study in engineering from the University of Cambridge in England. Daskin’s research focuses on the application and development of operations research techniques for the analysis of healthcare problems as well as transportation, supply chain and manufacturing problems. He is the author of more than 75 refereed papers and two books: Network and Discrete Location: Models, Algorithms and Applications (John Wiley, 1995) and Service Science (John Wiley, 2010).

Daskin is a fellow of both INFORMS and IIE and has received the David F. Baker Distinguished Research Award, the Technical Innovation Award and the Fred C. Crane Award for Distinguished Service from IIE as well as the Kimball Medal for service to the society and the profession from INFORMS. He recently received the Lifetime Achievement Award in Location Analysis from the Section on Location Analysis of INFORMS. He is a past editor-in-chief of both IIE Transactions and Transportation Science. In 2006, he was the president of INFORMS. He served as the chair of the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences at Northwestern University from 1995 to 2001. 

Tuesday, June 2

Nancy J. Currie

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Nancy J. Currie
NASA Engineering and Safety Center

Nancy J. Currie is a principal engineer with the NASA Engineering and Safety Center (NESC) at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. She was first assigned to JSC as a flight simulation engineer in 1987. Selected as an astronaut in 1990, Currie is a veteran of four space shuttle missions and has accrued 1,000 hours in space. She was a mission specialist and flight engineer on STS-57 in 1993; STS-70 in 1995; STS-88, the first International Space Station assembly mission, in 1998; and STS-109, the fourth Hubble Space Telescope servicing mission in 2002. She also has served as chief of the Astronaut Office Robotics and Payloads-Habitability branches, chief of JSC's Habitability and Human Factors Office, and senior technical assistant in JSC’s Automation, Robotics and Simulation Division. Following the Columbia space shuttle tragedy in 2003, Currie was selected to lead the Space Shuttle Program Safety and Mission Assurance Office assisting with NASA’s Return to Flight efforts. Until her assignment to the NESC, Currie served as deputy director of JSC’s Engineering Directorate.

A retired U.S. Army colonel and master army aviator, she has logged more than 4,000 flying hours in a variety of rotary-wing and fixed-wing aircraft.

Currie received her bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University, a master's degree from University of Southern California, and a doctoral degree in industrial engineering with an emphasis in human factors engineering from the University of Houston. She has contributed to the development of human-robotic systems interfaces for advanced space systems.

Currie is an associate fellow in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and holds academic appointments as an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at North Carolina State University and part-time lecturer in mechanical engineering at Rice University.

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