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Hartman named ISE chair

Joseph Hartman, the Soteria and George N. Kledaras Endowed Chair and associate professor of industrial and systems engineering, has been named chair of the ISE department.

The appointment was announced by S. David Wu, Iacocca Professor of industrial and systems engineering, who served as ISE department chair until he was named dean of the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science last year.

"Joe Hartman has demonstrated a passionate commitment to teaching and to research during his tenure at Lehigh," said Wu. "I am confident he is the right person to lead the ISE department as it builds upon the strong international reputation that it already enjoys."

Hartman, who joined the faculty in 1996, studies discrete optimization with applications in engineering economics, finance, and transportation systems. He is particularly interested in replacement analysis studies, including the impact of deterioration and technological change on companies' decisions to buy and sell assets. He also analyzes capital decisions from the standpoint of expected lifetime performance.

Hartman is editor-in-chief of the Engineering Economist, the premier journal in his area of research. In 2000, he received the CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation. He has twice won the Eugene L. Grant Award from the American Society for Engineering Education (in 2000 and in 2005) for the best paper published in The Engineering Economist.

In 2002, the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) named Hartman the Outstanding Young Industrial Engineer of the Year. Last year, Hartman was named 2004 Young Engineer of the Year by the Lehigh Valley Chapter of the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers (PSPE).

At Lehigh, Hartman received his department's Teacher of the Year Award in 1999, the Alfred Nobel Robinson Award in 2001 for outstanding performance and unusual promise of professional achievement, and the Frank Hook Assistant Professorship for outstanding scholarship and mentoring from 2001 to 2003.

Hartman recently completed an undergraduate textbook titled "Engineering Economy and Decision Making." He has written numerous articles for technical journals and contributed chapters to the "Handbook of Industrial Engineering" (3rd Edition), "Economic Evaluation of Advanced Technologies: Techniques and Case Studies," and "Case Studies for Engineering Economy" (2nd Edition).

During the 2003-2004 academic year, Hartman was a visiting professor at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.

Hartman has served his department as graduate adviser since 2001 and has graduated six Ph.D. students and 14 M.S. students. He currently advises six graduate students.

Hartman holds an M.S. and Ph.D. in industrial engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a B.S. in general engineering, with honors, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Posted on Thursday, September 01, 2005

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