UF ISE Establishes New Department Program Management Team

The Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering (ISE) at the University of Florida has recently put in place a new team of faculty to manage existing undergraduate and graduate programs. The objectives for creating this team included increased effectiveness and efficiency in department communications and operations and expanding faculty representation and influence in department operations. The new team includes Associate Chairs for Undergraduate and Graduate Studies as well as degree program coordinators.


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Serdar Kirli, Ph.D.

Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies, Master Lecturer

Serdar Kirli, Ph.D., will now be serving as the new ISE Department Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies. Kirli joined the Department in 2001 as a lecturer. He was subsequently promoted to senior and then master lecturer in 2015. During this period, he also began service as the Department’s Undergraduate Program Coordinator in 2014. As Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies, he will be involved in the strategic planning of curriculum and assessment processes. Kirli will also be involved in teaching assistant management, faculty teaching evaluations, and management of all undergraduate scholarships.



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Yongpei Guan, Ph.D.

Associate Chair for Graduate Studies

Yongpei Guan, Ph.D., will serve as Associate Chair for Graduate Studies. Guan joined the Department in 2009 as an assistant professor and was promoted to associate professor with tenure in two short years. Guan was subsequently promoted to full professor in 2015 and served as the interim department chair from 2015-2016. Guan began service as the Department Graduate Program Coordinator in 2017 and primarily managed the master’s program. In his new role, he will be involved in strategic planning and operations, including graduate curriculum development and assessment, external program review coordination, Ph.D. applicant admissions and general exam coordination.



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Katie Basinger, Ph.D.

Undergraduate Program Coordinator

Katie Basinger, Ph.D., will serve as the new Department Undergraduate Program Coordinator. Basinger joined the Department in 2018 as a lecturer. Basinger took on several courses for the department including senior design, simulation, and facilities planning. Basinger quickly developed a strong and positive rapport with the ISE undergraduate students. Her new role is tactical and operational in nature and includes managing student matriculation and enrollment by leading the department undergraduate advising team. She will also be involved in making course instructor assignments, serving as the primary point of contact for student feedback and coordinating all undergraduate student events, such as the annual ISE Career Fair. Basinger’s term will run through 2022.


The new ISE program management team is expected to provide the department faculty and students with an elevated level of support and service that will ensure effective curriculum planning, course assignments, teaching assistant allocations, faculty evaluations, student application reviews, student communications, scholarship awards and much more. The team will provide broad and stable management for the department in the years to come.