Contractor Reimagining Industrial Engineering

Faculty in Northwestern’s Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences Department, like SONIC’s own Noshir Contractor, are reimagining what industrial engineering can do for society by applying its principles to make energy more efficient, combat misinformation, and improve how teams function. More on this in this video:

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Contractor named Network Science Society Fellow

SONIC’s own lab director Noshir Contractor has been celebrated as a Fellow of the Network Science Society for his foundational theoretical and empirical contributions to network science that address grand societal challenges from global health to space travel. Congratulations Noshir! You can read more here:

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Northwestern University – Kellogg School of Management Post

When he’s not hosting his own podcast or hanging out by the Evanston lakefill, Professor Noshir Contractor is working on research that is truly out of this world. In partnership with NASA, he is working on applying social networking insights to how astronauts can better collaborate on long, isolated journeys in space. While this partnership is sure to have a significant impact on future missions, Professor Contractor believes the true impact is being able to bring his work down to Earth, helping organizations build successful, effective and long-lasting teams. Learn more about Professor Contractor and his research. #KelloggLeader

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Gates Paper Award & Other Awards

Gates paper awards for Organizational and individual innovation decisions in an interorganizational system: Social influence and decision-making authority. Journal of Communication, 70(4), 497-521.

1) 2022 Randall Harrison Outstanding Article Award, Information Systems Division, International Communication Association

2) 2021 Article of the Year Award, Honorable Mention, Organizational Communication Division, National Communication Association

3) 2021 Bill Eadie Distinguished Scholarly Article Award, Applied Communication Division, National Communication Association

Sophia Fu’s dissertation awards (with N. Contractor as the dissertation committee member):

1) 2020 Gabriel G. Rudney Memorial Award for Outstanding Dissertation Research, Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action

2) 2020 Outstanding Dissertation Research, Association for Chinese Communication Studies

3) 2019 Gerald R. Miller Dissertation Award, National Communication Association

4) 2019 W. Charles Redding Dissertation Award, Organizational Communication Division, International Communication Association

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