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Dean Wu elected Fellow of IIE

Three months after his appointment as dean of the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science, S. David Wu has achieved one of the highest honors accorded to industrial and systems engineers.

Wu, who also serves as Iacocca Professor of industrial and systems engineering, was elected recently a Fellow of the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE).

IIE is the world's largest professional society dedicated to the industrial engineering profession and to people whose work involves improving quality and productivity. IIE has 15,000 members and 280 chapters worldwide.

The Fellow award is the highest level of recognition given by IIE. Fellows are honored for their contributions to research, education and society at large. IIE chooses 20 or fewer Fellows each year.

Wu was nominated for the Fellow Award by Mikell Groover, professor of industrial and systems engineering. Groover and Emory Zimmers, also a professor of industrial and systems engineering, are the only other members of the faculty to be elected IIE Fellows.

Wu said he was honored by the award. He thanked Groover and others who supported his nomination, including Mohamed El-Aasser, university provost; Louie Martin-Vega, former chair of the industrial and systems engineering department; and Thomas Hodgson, a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

Wu will be formally inducted as an IIE Fellow at IIE's national meeting in Atlanta on May 15, 2005.

Before his appointment as RCEAS dean, Wu served six years as chair of the industrial and systems engineering department. Under his leadership, the department's graduate programs tripled in size to 120 students.

At Lehigh, he has reached out to other colleges and departments, and to other universities, to establish innovative academic programs and research centers. In 1999, he helped obtain a grant from the National Science Foundation to establish the Integrative Graduate Education and Research Training program. IGERT, a collaboration between Lehigh and the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business, trains Ph.D. students to become international leaders in manufacturing logistics.

Wu is also co-founder and co-director of the Center for Value Chain Research, which was launched in 2002 as a joint venture between the engineering college and the College of Business and Economics.

Wu is internationally renowned for his research in optimization, logistics and supply chain modeling. He has received research grants from NSF, Sandia National Laboratories, the U.S. Air Force, SRC, and industry. He has published more than 80 archival articles and served on the editorial boards of several key journals in his field.

"Handbook of Quantitative Supply Chain Analysis: Modeling in the E-Business Era," a book Wu co-edited with two colleagues from MIT and UC Berkley, was published last year by Springer.

Posted on Tuesday, April 05, 2005

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