The Dean of the College of Engineering, Dr. Behbehani, has officially announced a new chair for the Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering Department. Effective July 7, Dr. Paul Componation will join the IMSE Department as Chair, replacing Dr. Victoria Chen who has been serving as the Interim Chair for the department since September 2012. Dr. Chen will continue as a professor with the department.

Dr. Componation is currently Professor and Director of Graduate Education for Engineering Management in the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems at Iowa State University. He has also worked in various roles at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, West Virginia University, the University of Central Florida, and Albright College. He also has experience working in industry for BDM Federal Sonoco Products Company and as a resident researcher in Systems Engineering at Marshall Space Flight Center and an engineering officer in the U.S. Air Force.

Dr. Componation has a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from West Virginia University. He received an M.S. Management degree from Troy State University and a B.S. Industrial Engineering degree from West Virginia University. He is the author of co-author of 78 books, journal publications, and conference proceedings and presentations. He is a Fellow of the America Society for Engineering Management, a Senior Member of the Institute of Industrial Engineers, and a member of the International Council on Systems Engineering and ASEE.

His research interests include the “development and optimization of complex systems in aerospace, transportation, and energy; decision analysis in distributed engineering design teams; utilization of technical and qualitative data in parametric cost modeling for aerospace systems; adaption of value-driven design in systems engineering enterprise; and the use of lean principles as an agent for organizational transformation.”

The department is very pleased to welcome him and look forward to his leadership. Look for an official University press release coming soon.

For further details, read UTA’s official press release.

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