IE Chair Dr. Bopaya Bidanda receives 2014 Chancellor's Distinguished Public Service Award
PITTSBURGH (February 24, 2014) ... University of Pittsburgh Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg has announced the winners of the 2014 Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching, Research, and Public Service Awards.
Each awardee will receive a $2,000 cash prize and a $3,000 grant for support of their teaching, research or service activities-and will be recognized during the University of Pittsburgh's 38th annual Honors Convocation, to be held at 3 p.m. this Friday, Feb. 28, in Carnegie Music Hall, 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland. The event is free and open to the public.
Chancellors' Distinguished Public Service Award
Bopaya Bidanda, PhD
Ernest Roth Professor and Chair, Department of Industrial Engineering
The chancellor cited Bopaya Bidanda and his colleague David Cleland for development of Pitt's Manufacturing Assistance Center, which provides customized machinist-training programs for individuals and contributes to the region's economic development. Bidanda has also worked closely with UPMC's leadership to help improve patient care by incorporating industrial engineering concepts into health care delivery. Among the health care projects he undertook was the creation of a workflow design for the Mario Lemieux Center for Blood Cancer at the Hillman Cancer Center as well as work for Presbyterian University Hospital's Center for Lung Disease. Bidanda has been a leader in national engineering education throughout his career, including serving as past president for the Council of Industrial Engineering Academic Department Heads and as a commissioner for the accrediting body for all engineering academic programs.