MSU graduate student wins competition at Institute for Industrial Systems Engineers

August 11, 2022

FullingtonMississippi State graduate student, Durant Fullington, came in first place at the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers annual conference for the student poster competition in Seattle, Washington, in late May.

The IISE is the world’s largest professional society dedicated to industrial and systems engineering. Mississippi State University has an affiliated student chapter named IISE at MSU.

Fullington, who is working on his Ph.D. in industrial engineering, presented his student poster in the Quality Control and Reliability Engineering division. He came out on top out of fourteen competitors.

Fullington’s poster focused on additive manufacturing, looking at data privacy concerns. He proposed a data privacy-preserving mechanism that allows data to be shared without compromising data privacy. His work is supported by a research project from the National Science Foundation, focused on privacy-preserving certification for metal-based additive manufacturing.

“Essentially, the problem is trying to balance how much data privacy can we get without sacrificing the usability of the data,” Fullington said. “Currently, compared to commonly used forms of data privacy, our mechanism is performing uniformly better.”

Fullington enjoyed his time at the IISE annual conference, where he was able to network with professionals in industrial engineering.

“I am honored to have had the opportunity to compete in and attend the annual IISE conference in Seattle, Washington. This was an excellent event that allowed students, academics and industry experts to network and explore different research topics and industry practices.”

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By Emily Cambre