Monday, July 19, 2010

BDPA IT Showcase: Production Planning Tools (Jessye Bemley, North Carolina A&T State University)

IBM and Eli Lilly and Company are sponsoring the 2010 BDPA IT Showcase. It provides them with an opportunity to see some of the most powerful African American high school and college students. The young people in the IT Showcase have potential to become Ph.D candidates in the hard sciences.

Our nation has few African American Ph.D candidates in computer science, technology, engineering or mathematics ... so BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) is proud to use our blog to promote this program and these students ... perhaps we can create more Black Ph.D candidates in the future!

Jessye Bemley was a senior attending North Carolina A&T State University when she competed in the 2008 BDPA IT Showcase. She was finishing course work for her Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Engineering. On-campus she is active in the North Carolina A&T Fellowship Gospel Choir, National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE).

At Joint Educational Facilities (JEF) her subject areas were Expert Systems, Neural Networks and Wearable Computing. She has also participated in numerous national and international engineering, scientific and computing conferences, symposia, and meetings. She has done research at the Naval Research Laboratory under the apprenticeship of Dr. George Carruthers in Space Science.

At North Carolina A&T she was part of the North Carolina Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (NC-LSAMP) Program, where she does undergraduate research under Dr. L. Davis, her advisor, in Operations Research. She also participated in an NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) internship in industrial engineering at Auburn University. Her project entailed working with decision models that would solve problems in the Automotive Industry.

Last summer Jessye volunteered to help with the Digigirlz Camp sponsored by Microsoft to inspire girls to become interested in computing, engineering and sciences.

Today Jessye is a grad student at North Carolina A&T State University in the field of Industrial Engineering with a concentration in Operations Research.

She made her 2008 IT Showcase presentation on 'Production Planning Tools'. Many companies have different products that they use or make on a regular basis. To help them through this process they use different production planning tools such as forecasting, Materials Requirement Planning System (MRP), Linear Programming, Inventory plan and Aggregate Plan or workforce plan. During INEN 355 or Production Control class we were given a case study project of a company called Mike’s Bikes. From the information given, we were to use all of the tools listed above to help the owner of the company have a successful business.

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