DiscoverE recently announced its 2014 New Faces of Engineering honorees list, which includes 13 emerging young professionals innovating solutions in energy, technology, water resources, national security and the environment.  Sabre’s very own Tao (aka “Reno”) Wang, of Airline Solutions, was among the group of young professionals recognized. Criteria

for the Engineer Recognition Program consisted of the following:

  • Engineers 30 years of age or younger as of December 31, 2013
  • Nominees must have a degree in engineering from an ABET-accredited U.S. college or university, or from an equivalent international educational institution
    • Degrees in engineering technology, science, computer science, and similar disciplines do not qualify; a degree in computer engineering is acceptable
  • While New Faces of Engineering is not a competition or an awards program and recognizes achievements in all engineering disciplines, nominees must be a member of an Engineers Week Diversity Council Founding or Affiliate Partner

Reno was nominated for this recognition by the Chinese Institute of Engineers-DFW Chapter.

At Sabre, Reno has helped maximize the company’s internal systems for 20+ airlines globally as well as improved travel booking sites for several online travel agencies. When asked why he joined the Sabre team, Reno mentioned that his initial interest in airlines combined with Sabre’s strong reputation within the industry fit perfectly with his career goals.

“My PhD major is in operations research (OR) and systems engineering. As a leading innovative technology company within the travel industry, I knew Sabre would be a great place to work since the company plays a vital role in the development of the airline industry,” he said.

Reno is a Senior Operations Research Developer at Sabre headquarters in Southlake, Texas. He has been developing crew management systems including pairing optimizer and crew control/manager (Sabre AirCentre products) for Sabre’s Airline Solutions business, which serves airlines all over the world, including JetBlue, American Airlines,  LAN and Etihad, just to name a few. His work focuses on adding novel features to the products and improving the efficiency of scheduling algorithms.

During his doctoral study, Reno’s research concentrated on the optimal control and efficiency of battery-powered, energy-aware systems. More specifically, the work includes control of generic, non-ideal batteries, lifetime maximization in wireless sensor networks and energy-aware routing and motion control of electric vehicles. Upon the completion of his research, Reno had two journal papers and five conference papers published and two journal papers submitted. In addition, he conducted business process optimization in his summer internship at Xerox Research Center in 2012, during which his project was to maximize the print shop revenue for Kaiser Permanente. Eventually, the project was accomplished with a 20 percent increase in profit and one patent approved.

Reno holds a bachelor degree in Information Engineering from Shanghai Jiaotong University in Shanghai, China, and master in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia. He also earned a doctoral degree in Systems Engineering from Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts. Please join me in congratulating Reno on this noteworthy accomplishment.