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Alice E. Smith

Alice E. Smith is the Joe W. Forehand/Accenture Distinguished Professor of the Industrial and Systems Engineering Department at Auburn University, where she served as Department Chair from 1999-2011.  Dr. Smith’s research focus is analysis, modeling, and optimization of complex systems with emphasis on computation inspired by natural systems with a current focus on logistics including warehousing and drones in last mile delivery.  She holds one U.S. patent and several international patents and has authored more than 200 publications which have garnered over 14,500 citations and an H Index of 47 (Google Scholar).  She is the editor of the recent book Women in Industrial and Systems Engineering: Key Advances and Perspectives on Emerging Topics (https://www.springer.com/us/book/9783030118655#aboutBook ). Dr. Smith has been a principal investigator on over $10 million of sponsored research with funding by NASA, U.S. Department of Defense, Missile Defense Agency, National Security Agency, NIST, U.S. Department of Transportation, Lockheed Martin, Adtranz (now Bombardier Transportation), the Ben Franklin Technology Center of Western Pennsylvania, and U.S. National Science Foundation, from which she has been awarded 18 distinct grants including a CAREER grant and an ADVANCE Leadership grant.  She is a four-time Fulbright Fellowship grantee.  Dr. Smith is a fellow of the Institute for Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS), the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE), and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), a senior member of the Society of Women Engineers, a member of Tau Beta Pi, and a Registered Professional Engineer.  She was named a 2020 Yellowhammer Women of Impact (20 women are honored each year in the State of Alabama https://alabamawomen.org/#2020 ) and was named an INFORMS Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Ambassador in 2021.  She is a current member of CICMHE and is editor in chief of INFORMS Journal on Computing and an area editor of Computers & Operations Research.