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EECE Seminar - Jen Becker and Shrikant Jarugumilli

Friday, October 30, 2020 | 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Virtual Event

Jen Becker and Shrikant Jarugumilli with Engineering & Technology, Bayer U.S., will present.

Virtual Factory for Corn Seed Manufacturing Facilites

This case study presents an overview of the Virtual Factory developed for North America Corn Manufacturing Facilities at Bayer Crop Sciences. In this talk, we will cover: process complexity of corn manufacturing, input data analysis (equipment data from OEE, MES, & the data historian and production plans), output analysis, and an overview of various business scenarios. We will conclude our talk by providing our perspectives on the various challenges and opportunities from a practitioner’s viewpoint.

Shrikant Jarugumilli is Head for Connected Virtual Systems within the Decision Science Center of Excellence at Bayer.  He has responsibility for identifying, developing, and executing optimization and analytics strategies and work streams across R&D, product supply, and commercial teams to enable Bayer’s digital transformation.  Previously, Dr. Jarugumilli served as Operations Research Lead at Monsanto and Manager, Operations Research at BNSF Railway, where he provided analytical consulting and supported the development of decision support systems. Dr. Jarugumilli holds a Ph.D. in Engineering Management from Missouri University of Science and Technology and also has MS degrees in Applied Mathematics from the same university and in Industrial Engineering from Arizona State University. His graduate research on developing automated workforce and capacity planning for semiconductor manufacturing was funded by Intel Corporation. 
 Over past several years, he has been an active INFORMS member serving as the Chair of the IPC organizing committee (2013 – 2014), IPC organizing committee member (2012 – current), judging committee for Innovative Applications in Analytics Award (2012 – current), Secretary of the Railway Application Section (2011-2013), and student officer at ASU and Missouri S&T INFORMS student chapters. Currently, he serves as Monsanto’s representative on the INFORMS Roundtable. In 2012, he received the Judith Liebman Award and the BNSF Achievement Award for his contributions to the Interactive Train Optimizer.

Jennifer Becker is a Science Fellow and the Head of Digital Manufacturing Solutions & Engineering in the Innovation Science and Engineering organization.  She is responsible for driving the identification and implementation of applications and technologies to feed the Innovation pipeline resulting in significant impact within Product Supply. Jennifer leads various high-performing teams consisting of scientists, mathematicians, and engineers to execute and integrate technologies to improve costs, capacity, and product quality.  She has been with the company for over 25 years and has a background in Chemical Engineering from the University of Iowa. Jennifer has broad experience in chemical manufacturing, product development, agriculture, formulations and packaging, waste treatment and mining.  In 2019, she was named as one of Bayer’s Distinguished Women in Data Science. Jennifer is also actively involved in the 2020 INFORMS Operations Research & Analytics Student Team Global Competition,  she is also working to expand Women in Operation Research and Women in Simulation scholarship programs to help enhance the talent pipeline.

Event Type



McKelvey School of Engineering


Science & Technology



Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering


Event Contact

Patty Kofron: pkofron@wustl.edu

Speaker Information

Jennifer Becker and Shrikant Jarugumilli
Engineering & Technology
Bayer U.S.
[Host: Dr. Biswas]

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