Engineering faculty member, student win journal award for research paper

October 3, 2022

By Mariah Chuprinski

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Enrique del Castillo, Penn State Distinguished Professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering and professor of statistics, and former Penn State industrial engineering doctoral student Xueqi Zhao received the Youden award, which honors the best paper from the annual edition of Technometrics.

The researchers published their paper, "An Intrinsic Geometrical Approach for Statistical Process Control of Surface and Manifold Data," in Technometrics in 2021. According to del Castillo, the paper presents a new method for statistical process control of a discrete part manufacturing system based on intrinsic geometrical features extracted from the measured parts, which are estimated from 3D triangulations obtained from laser scans or volumetric data obtained from CT scans. 

The award is given annually to the best expository paper that appears in Technometrics and is named after the late American statistician William J. Youden. The winner is selected by the statistics and chemical and process industries divisions of the American Society for Quality and the sections on physical and engineering sciences and quality and productivity of the American Statistical Association, who jointly publish Technometrics.

Zhao and del Castillo will receive the award at the fall conference associated with the journal in Park City, Utah, in October. A $1000 cash award, along with travel and conference registration reimbursements, will be split between them.

Zhao, who received her doctorate in industrial and manufacturing engineering from Penn State in December 2021, now works as a data scientist for Google.



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