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Dr. Chaoyue Zhao Receives Chaired Professorship

Dr. Zhao at awards ceremony

Dr. Chaoyue Zhao, assistant professor in the school of Industrial Engineering and Management now holds the Jim and Lynne Williams Professorship in Energy Technologies. In 2008, Jim and Lynne Williams created the Jim and Lynne Williams Professorship in Energy Technologies to encourage research dedicated to improving energy conservation, developing new sources of energy and improving ways to extract more conventional energy.

Jim Williams graduated from Oklahoma State with a degree in Mechanical Engineering while Lynne graduated with a Pharmacy degree from Southwestern Oklahoma State University. Jim as co-owner of Phoenix Petro Corp, Inc., a Texas based company that operates mineral and mining properties in West Texas, Kansas, and Oklahoma. OSU is a tradition to the Williams family, they have also provided their generous support through service and gifts to the University.

Dr. Zhao, as the Jim and Lynne Williams Professorship holder, will continue her work on energy and power related research. She is exploring scientific approaches to address critical and challenging power system problems.
Dr. Zhao received her PhD in Industrial Systems Engineering from the University of Florida in 2014, and has received numerous awards and honors including the Graduate Student Council Outstanding Research Award in 2014. Her areas of interest include stochastic integer programming, data-driven risk-averse stochastic optimization, power grid security, as well as energy policy analysis and renewable energy management.

The Spring Medallion Ceremony, on Thursday, February 26th, 2015 celebrated and recognized chair and professorship donors and introduced them to the faculty chair holders from across Oklahoma State University/Stillwater campus.