Awards and Honors

Dr. Soundar Kumara

  • Best Paper Award – Sustainable Development Division, Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference (ISERC), June 2015, Nashville, Tennessee (Paper co-authored with graduate student Deepak Agrawal and Cheng-Bang Chen)
  • Overseas Expert, Northwestern University, Xi’an, China (2014-2016)
  • Advising Board Member, AutoID Laboratory, MIT, January 2013 – Current
  • Best Paper Award – Computers and Information Systems division, Industrial Engineering Research Conference (IERC), May 2012, Orlando, Florida (Paper co-authored with graduate student Akshay Ghuruye)
  • Best Paper Award – Computers and Information Systems division, Industrial Engineering Research Conference (IERC), May 2011, Reno, Nevada (Paper co-authored with graduate student LiYing Cui)
  • Penn State Engineering Society Outstanding Advisor Award, April 1, 2011
  • First Place Award for Undergraduate Students (4) mentored on IE480W Project on Supply Chains conducted for The Vitamin Shoppe, Fall 2010 (1st place out of 43 Teams- 2 first place awards are given)
  • Finalist – Best Paper Award, Service Science Division, INFORMS 2010, November 2010, Austin, Texas (Paper co-authored with graduate student LiYing Cui)
  • Best Paper Award, Industrial Engineering Research Conference 2009, Computers and Information Systems Division (Paper co-authored with graduate student Supreet Reddy Mandala)
  • Adjunct Professor, C.R. Rao Institute of Advanced Mathematics and Computer Science, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad, India, since November 2008
  • Advisory Board Member, Quality Systems and Reliability Group, Institute for Operations Research and Management sciences (INFORMS) –since July 2008
  • Semifinalist Team (one of 12 teams) at the Trading Agent Competition – Supply Chain Management (TAC-SCM) held at CMU, 2008 (Graduate Students from Kumara’s group)
  • 2nd Runner-Up of Web Services Challenge Competition @ IEEE ICEBE 2007 (architecture track) (Team comprising of Kumara’s student Jung Woon Yoo and IST colleague Professor Dongwon Lee)
  • Advisory Board Member, National College, Bangalore, India, since 2007
  • 2nd Runner-Up of Web Services Challenge Competition @ IEEE ICEBE 2006 (Team comprising of Kumara’s student Seogchan Oh and IST colleague)
  • Best Paper Award, Industrial Engineering Research Conference 2006, Computers and Information Systems Division (Paper co-authored with graduate student Seokcheon Lee)
  • Allen, E., and Allen M., Pearce Endowed Professorship, November 2006
  • Best Paper Award, Industrial Engineering Research Conference 2005, Computers and Information Systems Division (Paper co-authored with graduate student Nathan Gnanasambandham)
  • 1st Runner-Up of Web Services Challenge Competition @ IEEE ICEBE 2005 (Team comprising of Kumara’s student Seogchan Oh and IST colleague professor Dongwon Lee)
  • Public Felicitation by Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati, India, August 2004
  • University Distinguished Professor, January 2003
  • Faculty Scholar Medal, (Given at the university level for outstanding research), 2002 (Only one ever from IE Department to win this award)
  • Premier Research Award , Penn State Engineering Society (PSES), 2001 (First one from IE Department ever to win this award till 2007)
  • Certificate of Achievement, Awarded by General Scales Jr., Army War College, 1998
  • Penn State University Graduate Faculty Teaching Award (Given at the university level for teaching and research at the graduate level), 1998 (Only one ever from IE Department to win this award)
  • Outstanding Research Award , Penn State Engineering Society (PSES), 1994
  • Best Paper Award, (2nd place – applications), “Fractal Dimension Based Estimation of Tool Wear in Turning,” by Bukkapatnam, S.T.S., S. Kumara., and Lakhtakia, A., Artificial Neural Networks in Engineering 94, an International Conference, St. Louis November 1994 (2nd place out of 184 Papers)

Research Awards and Honors for Graduate Students: At PSU Level

  • Third Place, M. Madireddy, and S. Kumara, Systems Approach to Drug target identification in T2DM, Poster Presentation at Network Science, Penn State, April 2010.
  • Honorable Mention-Graduate Research Exhibition, PSU, 1995, “Intelligent Integrated Diagnostics,” Lee, J. (Advisor: S. Kumara)
  • First Place in Engineering-Graduate Research Exhibition, PSU, 1994, “Computational Cognitive Linguistics,” Heinze, D. T. (Advisor: S. Kumara)
  • First Place in Engineering-Graduate Research Exhibition, PSU, 1989, “Optical Neural Networks in Manufacturing,” Kamarthi, V.S., Lu, T., and Rajan, S., (Three Electrical Engineering Students under the guidance of Yu, F., and One Industrial Engineering Student Under the guidance of S. Kumara)

Research Awards or Honors for Graduate Students: At the National & International Level

(best paper awards are not included)

  • LiYing Cui, Best Intern at Kimberley Clark Corporation, May-August 2010
  • NRW Undergraduate Science Award for Production Logistics and Networks (One award given in a worldwide competition), 2005, Thadakamalla, H. (Co-Advisor).
  • Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) Young Manufacturing Engineer Award, 2005, Bukkapatnam, S.
  • N. Gnansambandham, Doctoral Colloquium Scholarship, for Autonomous Agents and Multi-agent Systems Conference 2005 at the Netherlands. One of the 19 internationally selected.
  • Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) Young Manufacturing Engineer Award, 1999, Kamarthi, V.S.
  • Second Place in Graduate Research Award for Ph.D thesis, Institute of Industrial Engineers, 1995, Kamarthi, V.S. (Co-Advisor).
  • Second Place in Graduate Research Award for MS thesis, Institute of Industrial Engineers, 1992, Kao, C.Y.