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IEM Seminar Series

Industrial Engineering & Management in conjunction with the OSU INFORMS Student Chapter will be sponsoring a Seminar Series in the fall and spring semester. Various topics will be covered by faculty from the department. The series will be held on Wednesdays 3:30pm-5:00pm. Seminar topics, location and a short abstract and bio about the presenters will be available here as it becomes available.

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Enhancing Process Understanding in Genetic Manufacturing Systems Using Modeling and Simulation


Speaker: Mr. Gregory Purdy

Ph.D. Candidate, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University

Date: Wednesday, February 3rd

Time: 3:30 – 5:00 pm

Location: Engineering North 316


Abstract: Breakthroughs in molecular and synthetic biology have been pivotal to understanding the function of cells and creating new pharmaceutical applications.  These advances in biological processing present a new class of manufacturing systems, called genetic manufacturing systems, which produce a final product with a genetic construct.  Traditional analysis techniques for manufacturing systems have been successful in providing valuable insights for complex manufacturing environments and have the potential to transform how genetic constructs are currently produced.  This talk provides an introduction to the interdisciplinary field of genetic manufacturing systems and outlines the similarities and primary differences from traditional manufacturing systems.  Modeling and simulation is used to understand the inspection allocation problem for genetic manufacturing systems from a cost and time perspective.  Finally, several future challenges and research opportunities are discussed for genetic manufacturing systems.  

Speaker Bio:  Gregory T. Purdy received his B.S. in Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering from Oregon State University (2010) and M.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech (2012).  Currently, he is finishing his Ph.D. research at Virginia Tech on the topic of “Resource allocation and process improvement of genetic manufacturing systems using manufacturing systems analysis techniques.”  In addition to his academic work, he served as the undergraduate and graduate student body president at Oregon State and Virginia Tech, respectively.