Why PISIS?

Because of its high academic and scientific standards

The Graduate Program in Systems Engineering (PISIS) at UANL is currently nation- and world-wide recognized for its achievements in human resource training, original high-quality research, and engagement with industry. PISIS is currently certified by the Mexican Council for Science and Technology (CONACYT) as an Excellence Program under its Quality Graduate Program (PNPC), which implies that students can aspire to graduate scholarships from CONACYT for full-time study.

Because of the breadth of its areas of expertise

In essence, our students learn the use of quantitative techniques to address decision-making problems arising in a diversity of industrial fields and application areas. During their training, students learn to model decision making or optimization problems, to analyze and develop or employ efficient solution techniques to provide the support that sustains the decisions of companies in different processes. In other words, the student develops a very complete training as a professional who provides scientific support to decision-making systems. Decisions are significant because the economic impact they entail. It is noteworthy that decision-making problems and optimization systems arise in a variety of scenarios giving our graduates a wide field of work. For instance, our theses have addressed and provided solutions to problems in telecommunication systems, manufacturing systems, service industry, logistics and transportation problems, supply chain systems, capacity expansion planning, natural gas transmission systems, product routing, network design, power systems, simulation of manufacturing processes, inventory control, product demand forecast, cervical cancer screening, efficient use of forest resources, and healthcare management.

Because of our students

Our students are the most important part of the program. They all come from different backgrounds (engineering, mathematics, computer science, economics, etc.) giving the program a special mixture, where everyone learns from each other resulting in a much more comprehensive training. As additional information, over 50% of our students are women, yielding a very good gender balance, coupled with the fact that 40% of our faculty are female.

Because of our Faculty

PISIS faculty consists of full-time professors exclusively devoted to teaching, research and technological development in the program. The high quality standards of our research is reflected in the various nation- and world-wide achievements and recognitions. Most of the Faculty belong to the CONACYT’s National System of Research Scientists (SNI), which is the national body that recognizes researchers that conduct original high-quality research. The entire Faculty have the recognition “desirable profile” granted by PROMEP of the SEP.

Note that our Faculty were trained in institutions of higher scientific level in the US, Europe, Canada, and Mexico. Moreover, most of them have postdocs in institutions of international prestige.  This becomes reflected in the education of our students. Multiculturalism is also reflected in the faculty background achieving a mix of nationalities such as Cuban, French, Russian, and Mexican, of course, providing our students with an additional ingredient of cultural enrichment.

Moreover, our group of professors has shown significant leadership and high capacity in obtaining financial resources to support research and training program infrastructure. Proof of this were the 8 million pesos made to construct its own building and 1.2 million made to equip their computer labs pesos, both through competitions sponsored by CONACYT. Since its foundation in 2000, our faculty have obtained over 35 million pesos in research grants from CONACYT, PROMEP, UANL, and other sources.

Beacuse of the quality of its research

In terms of research, originality and quality of work done by our Faculty is world-wide recognized. Our Faculty have published books and volumes in well-known publishing outlets such as Kluwer (Netherlands) and Springer (Germany). They have collaborated writing chapters in books published by Kluwer, Springer, and Oxford University Press (USA). The results of their research have been published in the most prestigious scientific journals in the fields of operations research, optimization, decision-making and systems engineering, such as: Algorithmica, Annals of Operations Research, Applied Mathematical Modelling, Computational Materials Science, Computer Vision and Image Understanding, Computers & Chemical Engineering, Computers and Mathematics with Applications, Computers & Operations Research, European Journal of Operational Research, Expert Systems with Applications, Fluctuation and Noise Letters, IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Systems, IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery, IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man & Cybernetics – Part A, IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man & Cybernetics – Part C, IIE Transactions, IIE Transactions on Healthcare Systems Engineering, Information Sciences, Intelligent Data Analysis, Interfaces, International Journal of Productions Economics, International Transactions in Operational Research, Journal of Applied Polymer Science, Journal of Combinatorial Optimization, Journal of Heuristics, Journal of Intelligent and Fuzzy Systems, Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering, Journal of Optimization Theory and Applications, Journal of Polymer Engineering, Journal of Statistical Mechanics: Theory and Experiment, Journal of the Operational Research Society, Livestock Science, Mathematical and Computer Modelling, Modelling and Simulation in Materials Science and Engineering, Networks and Spatial Economics, Neural Computation, Neurocomputing, Omega, Operations Research Letters, Optimization, Optimization and Engineering, Physica A-Statistical Mechanics and its Applications, Physical Review E, Polymer Composites, Polymer Engineering and Science, SIAM Journal on Scientific Computing, Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization, TOP, Transportation Research Part B: Methodological, and Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies.

Furthermore, the results of the research conducted in our program are presented in events such as: ALIO/EURO Conference on Combinatorial Optimization, Annual Technical Conference of the Society of Plastics Engineers (ANTEC), Annual Conference of the German OR Society, Chilean Conference on Operations Research (OPTIMA), Spanish Conference on Metaheuristics and Evolutitive and Bioinspired Algorithms (MAEB), Latin-Iberian-American Conference on Operations (CLAIO), Conference on Routing and Location (CORAL), CORS/INFORMS Joint International Meeting, Encuentro de la Red Iberoamericana de Evaluación y Decisión Multicriterio (RED-M), Escuela Latinoamericana de Verano de Investigación Operativa (ELAVIO), European Conference on Operational Research (EURO), EU/MEeting on Metaheuristcis in the Service Industry, IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, IFORS Triennial Conference, IIE Industrial Engineering Research Conference, INFORMS Annual Meeting, INFORMS Computing Society Conference, INFORMS International Conference, IInternational Conference on Artificial Neural Networks, International Conference on Systems Theory and Scientific Computation, International Symposium on Locational Decisions (ISOLDE), International Symposium on Production, Operation, and Management Science, International Workshop on Freight Transportation and Logistics (Odysseus), International Workshop on Hybrid Metaheuristics (HM), Italian-Latin American Conference on Applied and Industrial Mathematics (ITLA), Jornadas sobre Algoritmos Evolutivos y Metaheurtísticas (JAEM), Mexican International Conference on Artificial Intelligence (MICAI), Production and Operations Management Society Annual Conference (POMS), and Winter Simulation Conference.

Because of its engagement with the productive sector

Faculty and students of the program participate in various ways with the productive sector through R&D projects, consulting or training. Through specific cooperation programs, such as our practicum course “Solving Cases in Industry”, students have the opportunity to apply their knowledge to very high standards, solving real-world problems and innovating processes. Companies such as Axtel / Avantel, Carplastic, ARCA Group, Metalsa, Prolec, SYADM, and Sintec, to name a few, have worked with our program in various forms allowing the development of projects of the practicum course or thesis projects at their facilities, working in scientific and technological research with our Faculty, using the expertise of our faculty for project development and solving their problems, or incorporating our graduates at its production plant.

Because of its awards

Students and Faculty of the program have been recognized in various ways by national and international agencies. For instance, our program has been awarded several times the UANL Best Master Thesis Award and the UANL Research Award. In addition, the program has also been recognized with the nation-wide TECNOS Award for the best technological thesis. Our students have won a number of best paper/poster awards in many nation- and world-wide events. Moreover, our students have also developed skills to seek alternative sources of funding and in the past have gained financial support from international agencies to finance all or part of the costs for attending major conferences such as the Annual INFORMS Meeting, Winter Simulation Conference, and International Conference on Industrial Engineering, to name a few.

Because of its opportunities for foreign exchange

Our students have actively participated in exchange programs in the most prestigious world-wide institutions and laboratories. With support from the CONACYT Joint Scholarship Program and research projects directed by the program faculty, our students have had research stays between one and twelve months in institutions such as the University of Texas at Austin (USA), Ohio State University (USA), University of Colorado (USA), Lehigh University (USA), University of Burgos (Spain), Polytechnic University of Valencia (Spain) and the University of Puerto Rico (Puerto Rico), with whom close joint cooperation is maintained.

Because of its close research collaboration and ties with world-class colleagues

Today, most of the research carried out in the program is done in close collaboration with world-class researchers. These partners include: Andre Langevin (CIRRELT, Canada), Andy Boyd (PROS Revenue Management, USA), Carlos Coello (CINVESTAV, Mexico), Belen Melian (University of La Laguna, Spain), Conrado Borraz (Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA), Dave Morton (Northwestern University, USA), Elena Fernández (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain), Gilbert Laporte (HEC Montreal), Hernan Larralde (UNAM, Mexico), Joaquín Pacheco (U. de Burgos, Spain), Jonathan Bard (U. of Texas – Austin, USA), Jörg Kalcsics (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany), José Castro (Ohio State University, USA), José Luis González (Tec de Monterrey, Mexico), Juan Diaz (UDLA, Mexico), Julian Molina (University of Málaga, Spain), Rafael Martí (University of Valencia, Spain), Ridgway Scott (U. of Chicago, USA), Rubén Ruiz (UPV, Spain), Seongbae Kim (FedEx, USA), Stefan Nickel (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany), Stephan Dempe (Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg, Germany), and Suming Wu (Knowledge Systems, USA), to name a few.

We also have an excellent collaboration with many researchers who frequently come to our facilities to give seminars, short courses, and workshops in basic and advanced topics of a diversity of problems, models and methodologies for addressing applications of operations research and systems. In addition to those named above, we have been honored with visits from Ignacio Grossmann (Carnegie Melon University, USA), Janos Pinter (Pinter Consulting Services, Canada), Jeet Gupta (University of Alabama, USA),  José Holguín-Veras (RPI, USA), Manuel Laguna (U. of Colorado, USA), Pano Santos (HP Labs, USA), Mauricio Resende (Amazon.Com Research), and Rafael Caballero (University of Málaga, Spain).

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