K-12 Outreach Programs

The Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering engages in a variety of outreach projects with our partners and programs where research merges with practice.

Summer Camps for High School Students

Title Dates Topic/Description Sponsor Brochure Registration
Data Science Visualization Academy  July 19-23, 2021 Machine Learning, Exploratory Data Analysis, Prescriptive Analytics. Led by Experienced Faculty Members, Hosts industry speakers and virtual tours TE Connectivity Download Link

Seminars for High Schools

Contacts: Ms. Gail Evans-Hoze, Academic Advisor (gevans@wayne.edu) or Dr. Evrim Dalkiran, Director UG Programs (evrimd@wayne.edu)

Current Seminars:
hospital entrance Topic: CONGESTED HOSPITALS: Data Science & AI for Patient Flow
Speaker: Dr. Ratna Babu Chinnam, Professor & Interim Chair
Description: Hospitals are experiencing tremendous congestion leading to prolonged patient wait times, compromised patient care, and staff dissatisfaction. See how data science and AI can be used to improve the situation. This research is in collaboration with Henry Ford Health System.
drone delivery Topic: On-Demand Drone Delivery Logistics: Role of Optimization
Speaker: Dr. Yanchao Liu, Assistant Professor
Description: On-demand delivery of food, drug and beer by drones is becoming a widespread reality. As air traffic ramps up, can we coordinate all the flights safely and efficiently? Operations research and mathematical optimization can help address some of the pressing challenges in the design of the next-generation aerial logistics systems.
choosing problem solving button Topic: Business Problem-Solving via Operations Research
Speaker: Dr. Yanchao Liu, Assistant Professor
Description: This talk will demonstrate to high school students a collection of classic examples of business problem-solving in which the principles of industrial engineering and operations research play a key role.
Robots in warehouse Topic: Robotics and Data Science
Speaker: Dr. Saravanan Venkatachalam, Assistant Professor
Description: We want the robots to be smarter. This talk is about how we can use techniques from data science to help mobile robots to be efficient. This research is in collaboration with 'Ground Vehicle Systems Center', a part of US Army Tank Automotive Command.
Guy wearing extended reality goggles Topic: Extended Reality: The power of going beyond the physical world!
Speaker: Dr. Sara Masoud, Assistant Professor
Description: Extended Reality is everywhere from the gaming industry, to fashion, marketing, and education. It takes many forms such as Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, and even Mixed Reality to build a realm where physical and digital worlds are combined. Join us if you want to know what the fuss is about and/or how you can take part in this transformation.
CPS sign & machine in background Topic: Cyber-Physical Systems: What the heck are these?
Speaker: Dr. Murat Yildirim, Assistant Professor
Description: How to enable real-time control for complex systems? How can we develop new generation of machines that sense, communicate and collectively work together towards a common goal? Cyber-physical systems lie at the intersection of the physical and cyber worlds to answer some of the most pressing questions in engineering.
smart grids Topic: Smart Grids for an Efficient and Sustainable Future
Speaker: Dr. Murat Yildirim, Assistant Professor
Description: A simple switch turns the lights on at your house. It is not rocket science! Well, maybe it is… Behind the scenes, is the most complex man-made structure in the world: the power grid. Learn more about how this grid is made smarter with emerging research that allows us to sense and control it, and to integrate an increasing number of renewable energy sources. This research is in collaboration with Argonne National Laboratory.
artificial intelligence Topic: AI, Big Data, Data Science & Analytics
Speaker: Dr. Ratna Babu Chinnam, Professor & Interim Chair
Description: Everybody is talking about AI. It is not just for natural language understanding (powering your favorite smart speaker) or producing fake videos! Learn about the discipline and why you might want to consider pursuing a career in Data Science and Analytics.