Associate Professor | Mechanical Engineering
Milwaukee, WI, UNITED STATES
Dr. Aaron Armstrong is a thought leader in operational coordination and system optimization.
Industrial and Systems Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Business, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Manufacturing Systems Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Chemical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Fox 6 Milwaukee tv
The triennial International Bicycle and Motorcycle Dynamics Conference was held in Milwaukee on September 21st to 23rd (http://www.bmd2016mke.org/). The conference was co-organized by Assistant Professor Aaron Armstrong of the Mechanical Engineering Department. Two events were held at MSOE including a pre-conference unicycling tutorial supported by the MSOE Unicycle Club. The second occasion was a catered event held in the field House of the Kern Center where the over one hundred attendees were able to ride a variety of mechanically interesting bicycles and trikes. This event was covered in a feature story by Fox Channel 6 news.view more
Dalmaz, A., Possamai, O., Armstrong, A.J.
Learning is an important factor for the success of a company. And individual learning is the fundamental unit of the company’s learning. Given the importance of this relationship, this research aims to search what are the methods that project members use to learn in a product development context. To answer this question, a literature review was carried out to identify different methods of learning and its descriptions. Thirteen different methods were identified: eight formal and five informal methods. Wherein the latter is the most used to transfer knowledge among projects. Methods can be divided, also, on methods to register knowledge and to gather information. Informal methods are unmanageable by their nature. So it is hard to control if they are really transferring good practices among project members. So it’s important for the company to support formal ways of learning transfer rather than relying on informal ways. Among identified methods, post project review is an example of a method well studied in the literature. It was even included in the PMBOK as a good practice of project management. On the other hand, active learning within the product development context needs further studies. Other methods are individual experience, individual registers, and individual checklists, learning through project leaders, stories and metaphors, after action review, micro articles, learning histories, learning database, checklists and company documentation. Finally, opportunities for further research were identified and suggested.
Armstrong, A., Diehl, G.
Diehl, G., Armstrong, A.
Zhang, C., Zheng, L., Zhang, Z., Shi, L., Armstrong, A.J.
This paper examines the allocation of berths and quay cranes for vessels arriving at container terminals. Previous work in this area has either ignored or deemphasized the coverage range limitations of quay cranes or imposed too loose or too rigid assumptions about whether quay cranes can be adjusted during loading and discharging, thus making the extracted models less applicable to the actual situation. This paper takes into consideration the coverage ranges of quay cranes and allows for limited adjustments of quay cranes during loading and discharging. A mixed integer programming model is constructed, and a sub-gradient optimization algorithm is applied to solving the problem. Using actual data, the performance of the algorithm is demonstrated.