Oct 31, 2007
The ISyE Graduate Student Advisory Committee (GSAC) is committed to improving the quality of life for graduate students in the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering.
One of the popular functions hosted by GSAC is the ISyE Graduate Student Weekly Teas, which resumed in August and are held every week on Wednesday afternoon from 2:30-3:30PM on the second floor of the ISyE Main Building. These gatherings provide an informal setting for graduate students and faculty to interact.
"Both graduate students and faculty have indicated great enthusiasm for the weekly tea, which is an excellent opportunity for developing relationships with colleagues." says Jessica Heier, member of the GSAC.
Fellow committee member Fatma Kilinc Karzan goes on to say "We always seek ways of enriching ISyE traditions which support the sense of community among the graduate students and faculty. The Weekly Tea is a great occasion to get to know each other, to meet and to stay in touch with fellow graduate students and faculty. Further, the event provides us an opportunity to get continuous feedback from graduate students and faculty on potential ways of improving the quality of life at ISyE.*
GSAC's overall role is to provide input to the associate chair for Graduate Studies as it relates to broad issues affecting graduate students in the school as well as to matters that have the potential to enhance the interface between graduate students and school faculty and administration. The committee consists of four, full-time graduate students, at least three of whom are pursuing Ph.Ds. Members are appointed by the associate chair for Graduate Studies, and term membership is two years. Current GSAC members include: Marco Gutierrez, Jessica Heier, Fatma Kilinc Karzan, and Chairperson Dan Steffy. ISyE's GSAC also hosts various activities such as intramural sports teams, the annual Fall Picnic, as well as relevant seminars for faculty and graduate students of the School.