# Industrial Projects and Partners

## Industrial Connections and Partnerships

One key to the success of the MSIM program is our industrial advisory board. The board members are leading industrial representatives including executive, president, vice president, director, technical fellow, and chief analytics officer etc. from 30 world well-known companies (1999-present). These advisors have made recommendations such as professional training, emphasis on writing and presentations, exposure to industrial problem solving and other disciplines which have been met by the program curriculum. In fall, the advisors come to visit MSU campus for an annual Industrial Advisor Contact Day (IACD), where our students have monk-interviews and review their resumes with the advisors at one-to-one base. In spring, they also come to MSU to give industrial lecture series to our students and have round table discussion with the students.

The industrial advisory board plays an important role to establish and maintain industrial
connections for the program. Furthermore, the specially-designed core course in industrial
mathematics (**Projects in Industrial Mathematics (MTH 844)** below) not only provides students with real-world project experience in spring but
also continually develops and extends industrial connections for the program for two
decades.

## Projects in Industrial Mathematics

### 2023

**Proposer/Liaison:**Cody Dean

**Problem:**Customer Migration: Do Customers Migrate Between Different Types of Product Lines?

**Proposer/Liaison:**Michael Friedel

**Problem:**One Step Ahead of the Cybersecurity Curve: Predicting Data Breach Trends Based on Historical Attack Patterns

### 2022

**Proposer/Liaison:**Rick Reid

**Problem:**Making Healthcare Reimbursement Easy: Identifying Reimbursement Opportunities for Healthcare Providers and Professionals

**Proposer/Liaison:**Kim D’Souza

**Problem:**K-Nearest Neighbors Problem for Moderately High Dimensional Spaces

### 2021

**Proposer/Liaison:**Cody Dean

**Problem:**Building a Better Business: Identifying the key factors that lead to higher customer attraction, engagement, and retention

**Proposer/Liaison:**Kristine Allen

**Problem:**Maximizing Space Utilization and Efficiency of Clinics

### 2020

**Proposer/Liaison:**Chenglin Xu

**Problem:**Vehicle Test Cases Identification during Real World Scenarios

**Proposer/Liaison:**Joshua Schlosser and Gary Rudnicki

**Problem:**Developing Multiple Algorithms to Assign Work to Processing Associates in Workflow Systems

**Proposer/Liaison:**Jerry Curtis and Roy Link

**Problem:**Applying Data Mining Techniques to a Population of Acquired Automotive and Commercial Vehicle Brake Testing Data

### 2019

Amway**Proposer/Liaison:**Cody Dean

**Problem:**Improving User Retention Rates for the Amway BodyKey SmartLoss Program

**Proposer/Liaison:**Rodney Taylor

**Problem:**Predictive Modeling of Municipal Financial Instability

**Proposer/Liaison:**Dave Fischer

**Problem:**Predictive Modeling of Sales and Shipping Costs

**Proposer/Liaison:**Caroline Kelly

**Problem:**Exploring Relationships between Space Traits, Occupancy, and Desirability

### 2018

**Proposer/Liaison:**Cody Dean

**Problem:**Developing a Smarter Air Purifier

**Proposer/Liaison:**Mike O'Neill

**Problem:**Improving the Customer HQ Visit Experience and Impact on Future Sales

**Proposer/Liaison:**Tracy Brower

**Problem:**Multi-Lens Study: Making Sense of Mixed Data to Understand Dynamics of the Office

**Problem:**Quantification of Wood-based Variability Compared to Process-based Variability

**Problem:**Profile Analysis and Transition Prediction of High Performance Off-Road Vehicle Dealerships

### 2017

**Proposer/Liaison:**Nicholas R. Cross

**Problem:**Speech Analytics with Voxai Genesys Speech Miner

**Proposer/Liaison:**Kevin Cooper and Yimin Liu

**Problem:**Data Analysis and Optimization for Mobility Service by Using Publicly Available Biking Sharing Data

**Proposer/Liaison:**Tracy Brower

**Problem:**Examining Workplace Vitality through Deep Dives on Data

**Proposer/Liaison:**Henry Kong

**Problem:**Performance Analysis of an Electric Vehicle Controller

### 2016

**Proposer/Liaison:**Cody Dean

**Problem:**Data Mining Using Public Data Along With Internal Facial Data (FACES) From Numerous Participants Located All Over the World

**Proposer/Liaison:**Jan Schiffmann and Henry Kong

**Problem:**Data Analysis for Identifying Bicycles and Pedestrians Using Radar Detection Signals

**Proposer/Liaison:**Gary Gifford

**Problem:**Foreseeing Clearly, Using Statistical Modeling to Improve Order Forecasts

**Proposer/Liaison:**Patrick Lukulay and Lukas Roth

**Problem:**A Risk-Based Approach to Pharmaceutical Quality Control – Extended Mathematical Modeling

### 2015

**Proposer/Liaison:**Scott Badenoch

**Problem:**Computational Optimization for Ballistic Obliquity, Blast Overpressure and Shockwave Mitigation

**Proposer/Liaison:**Terry Niedermeyer

**Problem:**Creation of an Optimal Catalogue Mailing Scheme

**Proposer/Liaison:**Jennifer Kline

**Problem:**From Potential to Profitability: Key Indicators of a Winning, Profitable Opportunity

**Proposer/Liaison:**Luke Huelskamp

**Problem:**Improving Understanding of Average Daily Balance Method Over a Large Dataset

**Proposer/Liaison:**Patrick Lukulay

**Problem:**Risk-Based Approach for Regulating Medicines

### 2014

**Proposer/Liaison:**Yibing Shi

**Problem:**Crash-Relevant Vehicle Parameters beyond Mass and Footprint

**Proposer/Liaison:**Carl Vandomelen and Joseph Eckert

**Problem:**Evaluating the Low-Income Assistance Program Against the Budget Plan Option

**Proposer/Liaison:**Pam Harlin

**Problem:**Identifying Trends in Affinity Groups Which Impact Group Risk

**Proposer/Liaison:**Luke Huelskamp

**Problem:**Deeper Understanding of Average Daily Balance Method Over a Large Dataset

**Proposer/Liaison:**Dave Fischer

**Problem 1:**Mining and Characterizing Large Landfill Gas Datasets

**Problem 2:**Three-Dimensional Visualization of Landfill Gas Data

### 2013

**Proposer/Liaison:**Bruce Geist

**Problem:**Contact Mechanics in Automotive Design

**Proposer/Liaison:**Joseph Eckert and Carl Vandomelen

**Problem:**Assessing the Accuracy of Estimates in eBilling Process

**Proposer/Liaison:**Dave Fischer

**Problem 1:**Multivariate Analysis of Large Data Sets from Landfill Gas Collection Systems

**Problem 2:**Developing Predictive Models of Landfill Gas Data Sets for Process Management

**Problem 3:**Utilizing Data Visualization Tools to Deepen the Understanding of Large Landfill Gas Data Collection

**Proposer/Liaison:**Joseph Klesney

**Problem 1:**Applying Short-Term Forcasting to Key Health Care Business Drivers

**Problem 2:**Measuring Health Care Growth in the Value Era

**Proposer/Liaison:**Huong Baker

**Problem:**Problem: Operational Analysis of a Product Line in the Office Furniture Industry

### 2012

**Proposer/Liaison:**Thomas O'Masta and Joseph Eckert

**Problem 1:**Revenue Operations Process Review and Enhancement - Bill Print and Delivery

**Problem 2:**Revenue Operations Process Review and Enhancement - Dunning and Collections Activities

**Proposer/Liaison:**Tim Rey and Paul Speaker

**Problem:**Using Neural Networks for High Frequency Forecasting

**Proposer/Liaison:**Paul McCarthy and Lan Wang

**Problem:**Auto Loan Take up Rate Model

**Proposer/Liaison:**Tracy Brower

**Problem:**Workplace Usage and Optimization

### 2011

**Proposer/Liaison:**Aaron Spiller

**Problem:**Segment Data and Fit Loss Distributions to Claims Information

**Proposer/Liaison:**Paul McCarthy and Lan Wang

**Problem:**Auto Loan Approval Volume Model and Take up Rate Model

**Proposer/Liaison:**Steve Korecki

**Problem:**Space Utilization Measurements of Commercial Office Buildings

**Proposer/Liaison:**Jason Allen

**Problem:**Medical Device Organizational Resource Benchmarking

### 2010

**Proposer/Liaison:**Jack Tower

**Problem:**Large Loss Predictive Model

**Proposer/Liaison:**Mark Wenger

**Problem 1:**Modeling Policyholder Longevity

**Problem 2:**Creating Territory Boundaries using Competitor Pricing Data

**Proposer/Liaison:**Tim Rey

**Problem:**Variable Selection in Time Series Modeling Projects with Large Numbers of Leading Economic Indicators

**Proposer/Liaison:**Luke Huelskamp

**Problem:**Review of Average Daily Balance Calculation for Investment Allocation

**Proposer/Liaison:**Matthew Putti/Patrick Kruizenga

**Problem:**Predicting Product Mix and Volume In Order To Inventory the Correct Grades, Cuts, and Species of Veneer

### 2009

**Proposer/Liaison:**John Williamson

**Problem:**Developing a "Retail Inflation Pricing Strategy" for Periods of Rapid Inflation.

**Proposer/Liaison:**Jon Williams

**Problem:**Determining the Leading Factors of Long-Term Customer Retention in the Insurance Industry

**Proposer/Liaison:**Paul McCarthy and Jill Bewick

**Problem:**Auto Loan Volume Response Model

**Proposer/Liaison:**Doug Heilman

**Problem:**Rating Value of PPC for Mobilehome

**Proposer/Liaison:**William St. Amour

**Problem:**Strengthening Communities Through Citizen Data

### 2008

**Proposer/Liaison:**Tim Rey

**Phase I:**Replicating a Commodity Market Simulation Using Agent Based Modeling Techniques

**Phase II:**Modeling the Supply/Demand Dynamics in a Commodity Chemical Market

**Proposer/Liaison:**Matthew Putti

**Problem 1:**Development of Pricing Prediction Model

**Problem 2:**Wood Veneer Yield Analysis

**Proposer/Liaison:**Alfredo Cateriano and Gene Grabowski

**Problem:**Estimating the Workload and Credit Loss Impact of Collections Strategy Changes

**Proposer/Liaison:**Kim Norman

**Problem:**Revenue Analytics and Financial Forecasting

**Proposer/Liaison:**Bruce Geist

**Problem:**Development of an Efficiency Maximizing Tool for Custom Design of a Rocker Arm Joint

### 2007

**Proposer/Liaison:**John Williamson

**Phase I:**Developing a "Strong Store Profile" for Future Expansion

**Phase II:**Developing a "Strong Customer Demographic Profile" for Future Sales Growth and Expansion

**Proposer/Liaison:**Kim Hill

**Problem:**Developing a Full Cost Comparison of Offshore Sourcing versus Onshore Sourcing for the Automotive Industry

**Proposer/Liaison:**David Field

**Problem 1:**Substructuring the Cost Evolution of Technology Products: Laptop Case Study

**Problem 2:**Descriptive ID's for Vehicles and Their Subcomponents

**Proposer/Liaison:**John Shull

**Problem:**Applied Mathematics in Win/Loss Analysis

**Proposer/Liaison:**Patrick Lukulay

**Problem:**Developing a Numerical Metric for the Quality of a Chromatographic Separation

**Proposer/Liaison:**Kim Norman

**Problem:**Development of a Cash Flow Forecasting Model

### 2006

**Proposer/Liaison:**Doug Roberts and Catherine Cusick

**Problem:**Cost Analysis for a New Criminal Justice Campus

**Proposer/Liaison:**David Field

**Problem:**Understanding the Cost Evolution of a Product

**Proposer/Liaison:**Patrick Lukulay

**Problem:**Determining the Maximum Allowed Error in an Analytical Method

**Proposer/Liaison:**Mike Wieber

**Problem:**Explain the Unaccountable Shortfall in Press Runs

**Proposer/Liaison:**Neil J. Bush, GM Business Unit

**Problem:**To be defined at a later date

**Proposer/Liaison:**Toby L. Hall

**Problem 1:**Refinement of Credibility Factors

**Problem 2:**Analysis of Data Used in Annual Rating Studies

**Proposer/Liaison:**John Shull

**Problem:**Uncovering Hidden Business Patterns

### 2005

**Proposer/Liaison:**Ewen Todd

**Problem 1:**Anthrax as a Bioterrorism Agent.

**Problem 2:**Survival of Pathogens in Manured Fields

**Problem 3:**Quantify Listeria Risk.

**Project Report:**Limited distribution by request.

**Proposer/Liaison:**Thomas E. Borton

**Problem:**Model the Economic Impact of Intelligent Transportation Systems

**Proposer/Liaison:**Toby L. Hall

**Problem 1:**Anticipating Monthly Claims.

**Problem 2:**Fine-Tuning Forecasting Methods.

### 2004

**Proposer/Liaison:**Bruce Geist

**Problem:**Distortion Inside a Piston Bore

**Proposer/Liaison:**Colleen Serafin

**Project 1:**Clustering Human Feelings Using Neural Networks and Metric Topology for Small Sample Size

**Project 2:**A Process Model for Analyzing Driver Performance

**Proposer/Liaison:**Charles Ballard

**Problem:**Optimal Income Taxation

**Proposer/Liaison:**Jill Morena

**Problem 1:**Optimization of Retro-Reflectometry Measurements

**Proposer/Liaison:**Ed Timpf

**Problem 2:**Predicting Revenue Loss from Alternate Fuel Vehicles

**Proposer/Liaison:**Michael Caveretta

**Problem:**Product Defect Diagnosis

### 2003

**Proposer/Liaison:**Daniel Padilha

**Problem:**Classification System for Fire Losses in Homeowners Insurance

**Proposer/Liaison:**Connie Hook

**Project 1:**Benefits of Self-Checkout

**Project 2:**Magnetic Ink Character Reader Preventative Maintenance Analysis

**Proposer/Liaison:**Eleanor M. Feit

**Problem:**Data mining to determine customer satisfaction over time

**Project Report:**Proprietary

**Proposer/Liaison:**Florence Nezamis

**Problem:**Model Future Emergency Services Needs

**Proposer/Liaison:**Martin Stryker,

**Project 1:**Test design using logarithmic distributions

**Project 2:**Cam design

**Project 3:**Patient transfer device

**Proposer/Liaison:**Michael Cavaretta

**Problem:**Product Defect Diagnosis

### 2002

**Proposer/Liason:**Dr. B. F. Severin

**Problem:**Design and cost-analyze a soil treatment model

**Proposer/Liaison:**Mark Everson

**Problem 1:**What factors limit nimble redistribution of product lines?

**Proposer/Liaison:**David Scholl

**Problem 2:**Model the perception of car-body rattles

**Proposer/Liaison:**John Thomas

**Problem:**Schedule a forging operation

**Proposer/Liaison:**George H. Schriver

**Problem 1:**Improving the accuracy of a real-time planning tool

**Problem 2:**Projecting labor contract costs

**Proposer/Liaison:**Frank B. Dazzo

**Problem 1:**To design a clustering algorithm that defines natural borders of size and shape for an AI morphotype classifier of bacteria

**Problem 2:**How many images of a microbial community are necessary to estimate its diversity with confidence?

**Proposer/Liaison:**Jeffrey G. Jackson

**Problem:**Analyze the future profitability of the MSUFCU ATM network

### 2001

**Proposer/Liaison:**Frank B. Dazzo

**Problem 1:**. To design a clustering algorithm that defines natural borders of size and shape for an AI morphotype classifier of bacteria.

**Problem 2:**How many images of a microbial community are necessary to estimate its diversity with confidence?

**Proposer/Liaison:**Pat McCleer

**Problem 1:**Optimizing windmill alternator size: direct drive versus high gear ratios.

**Problem 2:**Optimize the Diesel versus electric motor sizes in hybrid vehicles to maximize fuel efficiency.

**Problem 3:**Revise pulse-width modulation algorithms in automotive power inverters to minimize the number of necessary electrolytics.

**Proposers/Liaisons:**Dr. P. Satoh and Dr. J. Madden

**Problem 1:**. How many 25 gm samples of ground beef must be taken to yield a 95% confidence that there are fewer than 2 Ecoli per kilogram in the entire lot?

**Problem 2:**Model the dispersion of Ecoli from a point source via groundwater.

**Problem 3:**Grain exported to the EU can contain at most 1% genetically modified content. Design a sampling regimen to ensure this purity is achieved.

**Problem 4:**Apply kinetic methods to immunoassays to shorten assay times.

**Proposer/Liaison:**Professor R. Isaacs

**Problem:**Predict the outbreak of the Grape Berry Moth using degree-day data.

**Proposer/Liaison:**Mr. R. Lambert

**Problem:**Model the evolution of crack density in solid rocket propellant using past temperature history.

**Proposer/Liaison:**Mr. P. Sanchez

**Problem:**Instruct a numerically controlled milling machine to blend in valve seats into rebuilt dragster cylinder heads.

### 2000

**Proposer/Liaison:**Kris Devarasetty and G. Watson

**Problem 1:**Reduce drift in a modern solid-state artificial horizon. - Project Summary

**Problem 2:**Using vibration spectrum and torque, predict the remaining useful life of a gyroscope-based artificial horizon.

Project Summary

**Proposer/Liaison :**P. E. Lindemann and E. Schertzing

**Problem:**Tollgate Wetlands Storm Water Retention, Model the uptake capacity of the Tollgate Wetland when driven by statistical monthly weather.

**Proposers/Liaisons:**D. O'Brien and C. A. Simon

**Problem:**Perform a cost-benefit study of 12 versus 6 day sampling, with the savings invested in additional sampling sites.

**Proposer/Liaison:**J. Siegel, Forensic Scientist

**Problem:**Model the shedding and persistence of fibers at a crime scene.

**Proposer/Liaison:**Ed. Kiernan

**Problem:**Design a clumping of States into groups with similar fee-for-service structure.

**Proposers/Liaisons:**Mr. M. Schnepp and Mr. D. Duckworth

**Problem:**Construct a generic disaster mitigation cost-benefit model.

**Proposers/Liaisons:**Ms. Alford, Mr. Swanson, and Mr. Syjud

**Problem:**Explain the unaccountable shortfall in press runs.

**Proposer/Liaison:**Ed. Kiernan

**Problem:**Given the negotiated contracts, predict future weekly claim patterns.