Tong Named First Runner Up in 2015 Engineering Management Dissertation Award Competition

jingjing cropped

Dr. Jingjing Tong

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Oct. 23, 2015 – Dr. Jingjing Tong, assistant professor of engineering management at Southeast Missouri State University, was named first runner up for the 2015 Engineering Management Dissertation Award at the American Society for Engineering Management Conference (ASEM).

She was recognized for her dissertation entitled, “Disruption Response Support for Inland Waterway Transportation.” This research uses models to determine how river traffic should be rerouted when disruptions such as closed ports or low water levels occur in order to minimize negative impacts such as financial loss or lost time.

The award is given by the ASEM, a national society that speaks for the profession of engineering management. Members include academics from engineering management departments and closely affiliated departments such as industrial engineering as well as engineering management professionals from a wide variety of high technology industries.

The award is given annually to the doctoral dissertation that is judged to best present research in the discipline of engineering management. The judging focuses on three areas: significance and contributions of the research, application to the engineering management field, and the analytical and methodological rigor of the work. Each university that grants doctoral degrees in engineering management or related programs is eligible to nominate three dissertations for consideration. The winning dissertation is chosen by a selection committee from the ASEM. The top three dissertations are recognized at their annual conference. Tong was nominated by the University of Arkansas where she received her doctoral degree.

“The research of Dr. Tong certainly impressed us and made us take notice of her in the hiring process,” say Dr. Brad Deken, chair of the Department of Polytechnic Studies at Southeast. “Now that she’s been with us for a little while, I can honestly say, I’m even more impressed with her abilities. This is a great personal achievement for her. I think it also gives our faculty great recognition, especially as we try to get new programs approved in this area.”

Tong added, “It is an honor to receive this award that recognizes my dissertation research and increases SEMO’s visibility within the engineering management profession. I plan to continue conducting research on the inland waterway transportation and the location at SEMO provides great opportunities to apply my dissertation research to the Mississippi River.”

Tong is an alumna of the University of Arkansas and is starting her second year of teaching in Southeast’s Department of Polytechnic Studies.