Gillian Nicholls, Ph.D.

Gillian Nicholls 2Assistant ProfessorIndustrial and Systems Engineering and Engineering Management

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Education

2008
2004
1987

Ph.D.
M.S.
B.S.

Industrial Engineering:  University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA.  
Industrial Engineering:  University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA.  
Industrial Engineering:  Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA.

Biography

Dr. Nicholls worked in the freight railroad industry for nearly 13 years starting as an industrial engineer for Consolidated Rail Corporation (Conrail).  While at Conrail, Dr. Nicholls was involved in Continuous Quality Improvement and management of the crew lodging and transportation functions.  She later joined CSX Transportation during its acquisition of 53 facilities in the former Conrail territory. She served as the Director of Industrial Engineering for the Bessemer & Lake Erie Railroad focusing on process improvement and cost reduction initiatives.  

Research Expertise

  • Statistical Modeling and Applications
  • Transportation Management and Operations
  • Engineering Education

Honors & Awards

  • UAHuntsville - Gray Faculty Fellowship, 2009-2010.
  • ASEE – Engineering Research & Methods Division - Apprentice Faculty Grant Recipient, 2010.
  • IIE Outstanding Young Industrial Engineer of the Year – Industry, 1999.

Recent Publications

Journal Articles

  • Nicholls, G., Wolfe, H., Besterfield-Sacre, M., Shuman, L., & Larpkiattaworn, S.  “A method for identifying variables for predicting STEM enrollment.”  The Journal of Engineering Education, January 2007.
  • Kuo, C.-C., & Nicholls, G.  “A mathematical modeling approach to improving locomotive utilization at a freight railroad.” Omega: The International Journal of Management Science, October 2007.
  • Nicholls, G., Wolfe, H., Besterfield-Sacre, M., & Shuman, L.  “Predicting STEM Degree Outcomes Based on 8th Grade Data and Standard Test Scores.”  Journal of Engineering Education, July 2010.
  • Nicholls, G., Wolfe, H., Besterfield-Sacre, M., & Shuman, L.  “Predicting STEM Degree Outcomes Based on 8th Grade Data and Standard Test Scores.” JEE Selects Prism, October, 2010.

Proceedings

  • Nicholls, G., Wolfe, H., Besterfield-Sacre, M., & Shuman, L.  “Predicting Post-Secondary Educational Outcomes with Survival Analysis.”  Proceedings of the 2009 American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Conference, Austin, TX, June, 2009.
  • Nicholls, G., Wolfe, H., Besterfield-Sacre, M., & Shuman, L.  “A Method for Predicting Post-Secondary Educational Outcomes.”  Proceedings of the 2008 American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, June, 2008.
  • Nicholls, G., Wolfe, H., Besterfield-Sacre, M., Shuman, L., & Larpkiattaworn, S.  “Identifying variables to predict a STEM major for female students.”  Proceedings of the 2006 Women in Engineering Programs & Advocates Network (WEPAN) Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, June 2006. 
  • Nicholls, G., & Kuo, C.-C.  “Improving the utilization of a freight railroad's locomotive fleet.” Proceedings of the 1996 Asia-Pacific Decision Sciences Institute Conference, Kowloon, Hong Kong, June 1996, 877-882.


Papers in Progress 

  • Nicholls, G., Wolfe, H., Besterfield-Sacre, M., & Shuman, L.  “Defining the majors that comprise STEM.”  


Presentations

  • Nicholls, G., Wolfe, H., Besterfield-Sacre, M., & Shuman, L.  “Predicting Which Students Dropout vs. Completing a College Degree.”  Presented at the 2009 Industrial Engineering Research Conference, Miami, FL, May 2009.
  • Nicholls, G., Wolfe, H., Besterfield-Sacre, M., & Shuman, L.  “Utilizing Logistic Regression and Survival Analysis to Predict Post-Secondary Educational Outcomes.”  Presented at the 2008 Industrial Engineering Research Conference, Vancouver, BC, Canada, May 2008.
  • Nicholls, G.  “Defining STEM:  Which college majors can logically be considered part of STEM.”  Presented at the 2007 Industrial Engineering Research Conference, Nashville, TN, May 2007.
  • Nicholls, G., Wolfe, H., Besterfield-Sacre, M., Shuman, L., & Larpkiattaworn, S.  “A method for identifying variables for STEM intervention.”  Presented at the 2006 Industrial Engineering Research Conference, Orlando, FL, May 2006.