IEOM Global Council
Upcoming IEOM Global Council Meetings:
- First week of March 2023
Presidents and Vice Presidents
- 2018-2021: Dr. Abu Masud and Dr. Hamid Parsaei
- 2021-2023: Dr. Hamid Parsaei
- 2023-2024: Dr. Eldon Caldwell and Dr. Charles Mbohwa
- Prof. Vitor Mendes Caldana, Federal Institute of Sao Paulo (IFSP) – Sorocaba Campus, Brazil (South America)
- Dr. Eldon Caldwell, University of Costa Rica (Central America) – President, 2023-2025
- Professor Jose Arturo Garza-Reyes, University of Derby, UK (Europe)
- Professor Charles Mbohwa, University of Johannesburg, South Africa (Africa) – Vice President
- Dr. Hamid Parsaei, Texas A&M University – Qatar/USA (Middle East + North America) – Vice President (2019-2021), President (2021-2023)
- Dr. Adedeji B. Badiru, Ph.D., PE, PMP, FIIE, Dean, Graduate School of Engineering and Management, Professor of Systems Engineering, AFIT/EN, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio, USA (North America), 2022 –
- Dr. Abdelaziz Berrado, Chair and Professor, Department of Industrial Engineering, The Ecole Mohammadia d’Ingénieurs (EMI), Mohammed V University, Rabat, Morocco (Africa), 2022 –
- Dr. Luz María Valdez de la Rosa, Ph.D., Profesora del Departamento de Ingeniería Civil y Gestión, Escuela de Ingeniería y Tecnologías, Universidad de Monterrey, Mexico (North America), 2022 –
- Dr. Ir. Wahyudi Sutopo, ST., M.Si, IPM, Professor, Department of Industrial Engineering and Vice Dean for General and Financial Affairs, Faculty of Engineering, 2019-2023, Universitas Sebelas Maret (UNS), Surakarta, Indonesia (Asia), 2022 –
- Dr. Ali Elkamel, Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Waterloo, Canada, 2023 –
- Mr. Aaron Rubel, University Research & Technology Partnerships Manager, Airbus Americas, Mobile, Alabama, United States, 2023 –
- Prof. Dr. Linda Zhang, Full Professor of Operations Management, Department of Management, IESEG School of Management, Paris, France, 2023 –
- Dr. Ahad Ali – Executive Director
- Professor Don Reimer – Chief Operations Officer and Director of Student Chapter Development
- Dr. Taufiq Islam – Operations Manager
- Dr. Mizanur Rahman – Associate Operations Manager, Associate Editor and Director of IEOM Australia Operations
- Ms. Rocksana Ahmed – Associate Program Manager
- Dr. Md Nazrul Islam – Associate Editor, IEOM Proceedings
- Ms. Kazi Nusrat Islam – Assistant Editor, IEOM Proceedings
- Ms. Tahera Parvin – Assistant Editor, IEOM Proceedings
- Mr. Aqib Choudhury – Assistant Editor, IEOM Proceedings and IEOM Bangladesh Operations Director
- Ms. Rubana – Assistant Marketing and Promotions Manager
- Ms. Shipa – Assistant Marketing and Promotions Manager
- Tipu Sultan – Associate Marketing and Promotions Manager
- Md Amir Uddin – Assistant Marketing Manager
- Ahmad Mahir Faysal – Associate Program Director
- Dr. Anwar Rahman – Director of Publication
- Dr. Saso Krstovski – Workshop Director
- Dr. Mohammed Khadem –Director of Program
- Dr. Hayder Zghair – Associate Program Director
- Dr. Joseph Ogundu, Director of Certification
- Suvro Sudip – Web Admin Director / Web Administrator
- Omar Ali – LTU Grad Student Assistant
- Jon Goenaga – LTU UG Student Assistant
- Rafael Mendes – LTU UG Student Assistant
IEOM Society International
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Dr. Ali Elkamel
Department of Chemical Engineering
University of Waterloo
Ali Elkamel is a Professor of Chemical Engineering. He holds a BSc in Chemical Engineering and BSc in Mathematics from Colorado School of Mines, MSc in Chemical Engineering from the University of Colorado-Boulder, and PhD in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University – West Lafayette, Indiana. His specific research interests are in computer-aided modelling, optimization and simulation with applications to energy production planning, carbon management, sustainable operations and product design. Prof. Elkamel supervised over 90 graduate students (of which 35 are PhDs) and more than 30 post-doctoral fellows/research associates. Among his accomplishments are the Research Excellence Award, the Excellence in Graduate Supervision Award, the Outstanding Faculty Award, the Best teacher award, and the IEOM (Industrial engineering and Operations Management) Outstanding Service and Distinguished Educator Award. He has more than 280 journal articles, 141 proceedings, and 33 book chapters. He is also a co-author of four books; two recent books were published by Wiley and entitled Planning of Refinery and Petrochemical Operations and Environmentally Conscious Fossil Energy Production.
Aaron Rubel, M.S.E.M.
Head of Aircraft Maintenance Programs Development
Intellectual Property Focal Point
Airbus Americas, Inc.
Mobile, Alabama Engineering Center
Mobile, AL 36615, USA
Aaron Rubel is Head of Aircraft Maintenance Programs Development at the Mobile, Alabama Engineering Center of Airbus Americas. He is a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and has earned patented inventions. Aaron has over 30 years of combined professional aerospace and automotive experience in areas of engineering, design, risk analysis, problem solving, manufacturing, and leadership. Mr. Rubel earned a M.S. in Engineering Management from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC), a B.S. in Engineering Technology from Lawrence Technological University (LTU), and an Associate of Applied Science from Macomb Community College. Mr. Rubel’s honors include the Dr. Ron Cox Graduate Engineering Management Student Award given by UTC, and he was inducted into the LTU College of Engineering Hall of Fame. Service in the community is important to Aaron. He served on a Mobile (Alabama) Area Education Foundation strategic planning committee for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), and for three years was the strategic planning committee chair and voting member on a local school board.
Professor Linda Zhang
Full Professor of Operations Management
Department of Management
IESEG School of Management
Linda L. ZHANG is currently a Professor of Operations Management in Department of Operations Management at IESEG School of Management (LEM-CNRS 9221), Lille-Paris, France. She obtained her BEng and Ph.D. degrees in Industrial Engineering in 1998 and 2007, respectively. Her research interests include sustainable supply chain and operations management, product and production configuration, financial management, etc. On these areas, she has published many articles in international refereed journals, such as Decision Support Systems, IIE Transactions, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, European Journal of Operations Research, International Journal of Production Economics, International Journal of Production Research, etc. She serves as an associate editor for several peer-reviewed international journals, such as Decision Analytics Journal, Supply Chain Analytics, and Journal of Engineering Design. Professor Zhang has obtained many paper awards from different peer-reviewed journals and international conferences. She has been elected as a Fellow of the IEOM Society International.
Professor Charles Mbohwa, Ph.D. – IEOM Vice President, 2023-2025
Visiting Professor, University of Johannesburg, South Africa
Past Pro-Vice Chancellor Strategic Partnerships and Industrialisation, University of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe
Professor Charles Mbohwa is a Visiting Professor at University of Johannesburg, South Africa. He was a Pro-Vice Chancellor Strategic Partnerships and Industrialisation at University of Zimbabwe and an affiliated Professor in the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment. He is an established researcher and professor in the field of sustainability engineering and energy. He was the Chairman and Head of Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Zimbabwe from 1994 to 1997 and was Vice-Dean of Postgraduate Studies Research and Innovation in the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment at the University of Johannesburg from 2014 to 2017. He has published more than 350 papers in peer-reviewed journals and conferences, 10 book chapters and three books. He has a Scopus h-index of 11 and Google Scholar h-index of 14. Upon graduating with his BSc Honours in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Zimbabwe in 1986, he was employed as a mechanical engineer by the National Railways of Zimbabwe. He holds a Masters in Operations Management and Manufacturing Systems from University of Nottingham and completed his doctoral studies at Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Technology in Japan. He was a Fulbright Scholar visiting the Supply Chain and Logistics Institute at the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, a Japan Foundation Fellow, is a Fellow of the Zimbabwean Institution of Engineers and is a registered mechanical engineer with the Engineering Council of Zimbabwe. He has been a collaborator in projects of the United Nations Environment Programme. He has also visited many countries on research and training engagements including the United Kingdom, Japan, German, France, the USA, Brazil, Sweden, Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mauritius, Austria, the Netherlands, Uganda, Namibia and Australia. He has had several awards including British Council Scholarship, Japanese Foundation Fellowship, Kubota Foundation Fellowship; Fulbright Fellowship.
Prof. Vitor Mendes Caldana
Began the academic career with a technician course in Electronics from Liceu de Artes e Ofícios (1999) followed by an undergraduate degree in Electronic Engineering from Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie in 2004. In 2016, finished the Masters course in Industrial Engineering with the Quality of Engineering Education and its Relation to Regional Development as his area of research.
As a technical profession, from 1999 until 2016, started in Caltronic Automação Industrial, a service-based company in Brazil that represents American and European automation equipment for the printing industry, and finished as Service and Projects Manager, serving not only Brazil but the whole of South America with services performed also in USA and China. During the professional career took several courses in USA and Europe to Automation and dedicated equipment maintenance. In 2016 left the company for full-time dedication to IFSP.
In 2014 began his teaching career in FIEB as a substitute teacher for the Technical Course of Electronics. In 2016 moved to IFSP to start the electronics Technical Course in the city of Sorocaba and has been engaged with this project since. In this 4,5 years taught a variety of courses in electronics. In 2018 began his Research Group in Industry 4.0 and is currently working with colleagues in this research area as well as the project for the PhD.
Professor Eldon G. Caldwell Marin, Ph.D., Sc.D, Dr.Ed. – IEOM President, 2023-2025
Professor, Industrial Engineering Department
University of Costa Rica
San Jose, Costa Rica
Eldon Caldwell is full professor/Cathedraticus of the University of Costa Rica, Central America; member of the IEOM Society Academy of Fellows and member of the IEOM Society Global Council. Also, he has been recognized by the IEOM Society with the “Outstanding Service Award” for his career of over 30 years as an educator, researcher and promoter of development of industrial engineering and as “Distinguished Professor” by IEEE Computer Society, USA.
Dr. Caldwell earned his B.Sc. and Master degree in Industrial Engineering at University of Costa Rica and he earned a Master degree in Service Marketing, as well in Financial Analysis at Interamerican University of Puerto Rico; M.Sc. Health Management Systems at UNED, Costa Rica and a M.Sc. Operations Management at ITESM, México. Finally, he earned three doctoral degrees: 1-Ph.D. in C.Sc. / Industrial Engineering, Autonomous University of Central America; 2- Ph.D. (Sc.D.) in Robotics and Automation, University of Alicante, Spain; and 3-Ph.D. (Dr. Ed.) in Education at the University of Costa Rica, developing the “Theory of Socio-educational Exergy-Anergy and Entropy”.
He is author of many scientific articles and two books: “Marketing of Social Products & Services”, UCR Publications; and “Lean Manufacturing: Fundamentals and techniques for cycle time reduction”, Kaikaku Ins. Press, USA.
Dr. Caldwell served as Director of Industrial Engineering Department at Engineering School of University of Costa Rica, Operations Manager at MASECA, CA; Lean Manufacturing Project Manager at Eaton Corp. Costa Rica, General Manager at Quirós & Cía-Bandag Inc. and General Manager at Lean Systems Intl., USA. He has more than 30 years of experience as advisor and consultant in Operations Management, Lean Manufacturing and Lean Logistics at Interamerican Bank for Development, WHO, UN, World Wide Bank, Coca-Cola, Ministry of Health, Costa Rica, Honduras, Panamá, Costa Rican Institute for Electricity, RTC- Perú, Young Electrical Signs, Nevada, USA, AirCare Inc., Reno, Nevada, Plan International-Honduras, Bournes Co., DOLE Co. and many others. In addition, Dr. Caldwell currently serves as Director of the Central America Robotics and Industry 4.0 Challenge Contest (ROBOTIFEST) and General Manager at Kaikaku Institute Latin America.
Professor Jose Arturo Garza-Reyes, Ph.D., Editor-in-Chief, IJIEOM
Professor of Operations Management
Head of the Centre for Supply Chain Improvement
College of Business, Law and Social Sciences
Derby Management School
University of Derby
Derby, United Kingdom (UK)
Prof. Jose Arturo Garza-Reyes is a Professor of Operations Management and Head of the Centre for Supply Chain Improvement at the College of Business, Law and Social Sciences, University of Derby, UK. He is actively involved in industrial projects where he combines his knowledge, expertise and industrial experience in operations management to help organisations achieve excellence in their internal functions and supply chains. He has also led and managed international research projects funded by the British Academy, British Council and Mexico’s National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT). As a leading academic, he has published extensively in leading scientific journals, including the Int. Journal of Production Research, Int. Journal of Production Economics, Journal of Cleaner Production, Supply Chain Management: An International Journal, TQM & Business Excellence, Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, etc., and a number of international conferences. Professor Garza-Reyes has also published four books in the areas of operations management and innovation, manufacturing performance measurement and quality management systems. He is Co-founder and current Editor of the Int. Journal of Supply Chain and Operations Resilience (Inderscience) and will lead the launch of the official IEOM’s journal Int. Journal of Industrial Engineering and Operations Management as its Editor-in-Chief. Professor Garza-Reyes has also led and guest edited special issues for Production Planning & Control, Supply Chain Management: An International Journal, Int. Journal of Lean Six Sigma, Int. Journal of Lean Enterprise Research, Int. Journal of Engineering Management and Economics, and Int. Journal of Engineering and Technology Innovation. Areas of expertise and interest for Professor Garza-Reyes include general aspects of operations and manufacturing management, business excellence, quality improvement, and performance measurement. He is a Chartered Engineer (CEng), a certified Six Sigma-Green Belt, and has over eight years of industrial experience working as Production Manager, Production Engineer and Operations Manager for several international and local companies in both the UK and Mexico. He is also a fellow member of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and a member of the Institution of Engineering Technology (MIET).
Professor Hamid Parsaei, Ph.D., PE
President, 2021-2023; Vice President, 2019-2021
Fellow, IISE, ASEE, SME, IEOM
Professor, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering
Interim Director, College of Engineering Accreditation and Assessment
Texas A&M University
College Station, Texas, USA
Dr. Hamid R. Parsaei is an internationally recognized leader in the field of manufacturing automation, leadership, engineering education, additive manufacturing, economic and financial decision making, and project management with more than three decades of experience in academia. He is awarded as a fellow IISE, ASEE, SME and IEOM.
Dr. Parsaei’s leadership experience and accomplishments include serving as Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Texas A&M University at Qatar (TAMUQ.) He also served as the Director of Outreach and Accreditation and the Interim Chair of the Mechanical Engineering at TAMUQ while holding the rank of Professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. Prior to joining Texas A&M University, Dr. Parsaei served as Professor and Chair of the Department of Industrial Engineering at University of Houston for 10 years and Director of Graduate Studies and Graduate Advisor for five years. He also served as Director of the Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center’s Gulf Coast Region from March 2001 to September 2005.
Dr. Parsaei is highly regarded worldwide for his scholarship. He served as Area Editor, Methodology, and as an editorial board of The Engineering Economist from June 1990 until January 1995, and he was editor in chief of three international refereed archival journals. He currently serves as a member of the editorial boards and associate editor to over fifteen peer-refereed journals. He has been guest editor for several special issues of peer-reviewed archival journals, and has served as series editor to nine book series published by Wiley and Sons, CRC Press, Taylor and Francis, and several other publishing houses. His newest journal, Engineering Education Letters is a clear testament to Dr. Parsaei’s dedication to engineering education.
Dr. Parsaei has been principal and co-principal investigator on projects funded by NSF, Qatar Foundation, the US Department of Homeland Security, Texas Department of Transportation, Houston Transtar, the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the National Institute of Safety and Health, among others, with total funding in excess of $24 million. He has authored or co-authored 26 archival books and over 280 refereed publications that appear in archival journals and conference proceedings.
He has received several prestigious recognitions from IISE including, the Wellington Award (1993) from the Engineering Economy Division of the Institute for his original contributions to the field of engineering economics, Award of Merit in recognition of his service to the Engineering Economy Division during 1991–1992, the 2006 UPS Excellence Award for innovative development of programs directed to the development of women, minorities and people with disabilities within the field of industrial engineering. He garnered the 2016 George L. Smith Award and in 2018, he was honored with the Fred C. Crane Award for meritorious service to the IISE.
Dr. Parsaei received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in industrial engineering from Western Michigan University and the University of Texas at Arlington, respectively. He is a registered professional engineer in the State of Texas and an ABET Engineering Accreditation Commissioner and Program Evaluator.
Dr. Adedeji Badiru
Graduate School of Engineering and Management
Air Force Institute of Technology
Deji Badiru is the Dean and senior academic officer for the Graduate School of Engineering and Management at the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT). He is responsible for planning, directing, and controlling all operations related to granting doctoral and master’s degrees, professional continuing cyber education, and research and development programs. In his post-high-school days, Deji worked as a graphic artist for children television programs, as a writer and columnist for community newspapers, and as an accounts clerk. These are practical skills that he frequently uses, even today, in his administrative and professional duties.
Deji Badiru was previously Professor and Head of Systems Engineering and Management at AFIT, Professor and Department Head of Industrial & Information Engineering at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, and Professor of Industrial Engineering and Dean of University College at the University of Oklahoma, Norman. He is a registered professional engineer (PE), a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), a Fellow of the Institute of Industrial Engineers, and a Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Engineering. He holds BS in Industrial Engineering, MS in Mathematics, and MS in Industrial Engineering from Tennessee Technological University, and Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Central Florida. His areas of interest include mathematical modeling, systems efficiency analysis, and high-tech product development. He is the author of over 30 books, 35 book chapters, 75 technical journal articles, 115 conference proceedings and presentations. He also has published 30 magazine articles and 20 editorials and periodicals. He is a member of several professional associations and scholastic honor societies.
Deji Badiru has won several awards for his teaching, research, and professional accomplishments. He is the recipient of the 2009 Dayton Affiliate Society Council Award for Outstanding Scientists and Engineers in the Education category with a commendation from the 128th Senate of Ohio. He also won 2010 IIE Joint Publishers Book-of-the-Year Award from the Institute of Industrial Engineers. He also won 2010 ASEE John Imhoff Award for his global contributions to Industrial Engineering Education, the 2011 Federal Employee of the Year Award in the Managerial Category from the International Public Management Association, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, the 2012 Distinguished Engineering Alum Award from the University of Central Florida, and the 2012 Medallion Award from the Institute of Industrial Engineers for his global contributions in the advancement of the profession. In February 2013, he was selected as a finalist for the Jefferson Science Fellows (JSF) program by the US National Academy of Sciences and the US Department of State. Prof. Badiru was the leader of the AFIT team that won the 2013 Air Force Organizational Excellence Award for Air University C3 (Cost Conscious Culture). His most recent award is the 2015 National Public Service Award at the overall US Air Force level.
Deji Badiru has served as a consultant to several organizations around the world including Russia, Mexico, Taiwan, Nigeria, Ghana, and Canada. He has conducted customized training workshops for numerous organizations including Sony, AT&T, Seagate Technology, U.S. Air Force, Oklahoma Gas & Electric, Oklahoma Asphalt Pavement Association, Hitachi, Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, and ExxonMobil. He holds a leadership certificate from the University Tennessee Leadership Institute. He has served as a Technical Project Reviewer, curriculum reviewer, and proposal reviewer for several organizations including The Third-World Network of Scientific Organizations, Italy, National Science Foundation, National Research Council, and the American Council on Education. He is on the editorial and review boards of several technical journals and book publishers. Deji has also served as an Industrial Development Consultant to the United Nations Development Program. He is also a program evaluator for ABET, the international engineering and technology accreditation body. In 2011, Prof. Badiru led a research team to develop analytical models for Systems Engineering Research Efficiency (SEER) for the Air Force acquisitions integration office at the Pentagon. He has led a multi-year composite manufacturing collaborative research between the Air Force Institute of Technology and Wyle Aerospace Group.
Deji Badiru has diverse areas of avocation. His professional accomplishments are coupled with his passion for writing about everyday events and interpersonal issues, especially those dealing with social responsibility. Outside of the academic realm, he writes motivational poems, editorials, and newspaper commentaries; as well as engaging in paintings and crafts. As a contribution to sparking the interest of kids in science and engineering, Deji runs the Physics of Soccer website (www.physicsofsoccer.com). He is the founder of the Association of Military Industrial Engineers (AMIE). He also runs ABICS Publications, through which he publishes non-technical guide books for home, work, and leisure. A prolific researcher and author, Deji espouses the spirit of sharing knowledge freely and widely, which is the reason he offers self-published guide books to make his publications affordable and accessible to the general public.
- PhD, Industrial Engineering, University of Central Florida
- MS, Mathematics, Tennessee Technological University
- BS, MS, Industrial Engineering, Tennessee Tech University
Dr. Ir. Wahyudi Sutopo
Industrial Engineering Department
Universitas Sebelas Maret (UNS)
Dr. Wahyudi Sutopo is a professor (since April 2020) and Head of Industrial Engineering and Techno-Economics (RITE) Research Group (since January 2014), Department of Industrial Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Universitas Sebelas Maret (UNS). He is serving as President of IEOM Indonesia Profesional Chapter (since 2020). Since 2020, he has been assigned as Vice Dean for Human Resources, Finance, and Logistics (2020-2023). He was as deputy dean of the general and financial affairs of the faculty of engineering UNS (2019-2020). He was the head of the industrial engineering undergraduate study program (2015-2019); as an asset auditor of the internal supervisory unit (2014-2019); the head of UNS technology innovation center (2014-2016); and the general chair of the Indonesian industrial engineering higher education institution cooperation agency/BKSTI (2017-2020). He is an Assessor of BAN-PT (Noreg. 2017-01215). He had experience working in the electronics industry as an engineer at PT. Panasonic Manufacturing Indonesia from 2000-2003. His educational background is the profession of an engineer (Ir) from the Professional Engineer Program – Universitas Sebelas Maret (UNS) in 2018; Doctor (Dr) in Industrial Engineering & Management from Institut Teknologi Bandung in 2011; Master of Management (M.Si.) from Universitas Indonesia in 2004, and Bachelor of Industrial Engineering (S.T.) from Institut Teknologi Bandung in 1999. He has professional qualifications as an associate professional engineer (P. Eng) since 2016.
Dr. Luz María Valdez de la Rosa
Professor of Engineering Department
School of Engineering and Technologies
University of Monterrey (UDEM)
Monterrey, NL, Mexico
Luz María Valdez de la Rosa is a professor of Engineering Department at School of Engineering and Technologies at University of Monterrey (UDEM). She has been in the academic field for more than 15 years, as a Director of Engineering Management and Industrial Engineering Bachelor Academic Programs and as a teacher at UDEM, in the state of Nuevo Leon, Mexico. She earned a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and Systems and master’s in quality management at University of Monterrey, Mexico, and Ph. D. in Administration Sciences from the Autonomous University of the State of Nuevo Leon, Mexico. She has 18 years of experience in the Quality field and 13 years as a higher education teacher. She has participated as consultant for the manufacturing and services in the quality field and participated as ASQ and IISE member.
Dr. Abdelaziz Berrado
Professor and Academic Coordinator
Department of Industrial Engineering
The Ecole Mohammadia d’Ingénieurs (EMI)
School of Engineering
Mohammed V University
Abdelaziz BERRADO is Professor and Academic Coordinator of Industrial Engineering in EMI School of Engineering at Mohammed V University in Rabat. He was previously Industrial Engineering Department Chair at the same institution. Prior to his current position, he was a faculty member of Engineering Management at AlAkhawayn University in Ifrane. He holds a Ph.D. in Decision Systems and Industrial Engineering from Arizona State University. He researches advanced analytical methods and frameworks for knowledge generation and decision support in organizations. He focuses on data analytics for Operations and Supply Chain Modelling, Planning, Improvement and Control with applications in Healthcare, Education and other Industries. He has led several funded applied research projects with local and international impact and published research papers in renowned journals. In addition to academic work, he interacts closely with the industry through training and consulting projects. He is a fellow of IEOM Society and a member of INFORMS and IEEE. Previously, he was a senior engineer and data analytics lead at Intel.
Dr. Ahad Ali, Founder and Executive Director of IEOM Society International
Director of Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering
Director, Master of Science in Industrial Engineering
Director of Smart Manufacturing and Lean Systems Research Group
Director, Graduate Certificate in Lean Six Sigma
Coordiantor, Siemens Electro-Matic Industrial Engineering Lab
A. Leon Linton Department of Mechanical, Robotics and Industrial Engineering
Lawrence Technological University
Southfield, Michigan, USA
Ahad Ali is an Associate Professor and Director of Industrial Engineering Programs (BSIE & MSIE), Director of Graduate Certificate in Lean Six Sigma and Director of Smart Manufacturing and Lean Systems Research Group, A. Leon Linton Department of Mechanical, Robotics and Industrial Engineering at the Lawrence Technological University, Southfield, Michigan, USA. He established Siemens Electro-Matic Industrial Engineering Lab at LTU in 2019. Dr. Ali was the primary author of the ABET self-study report of the BSIE Program at LTU in 2022. He earned B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Khulna University of Engineering and Technology (KUET), Bangladesh, Masters in Systems and Engineering Management from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA. Dr. Ali was Assistant Professor in Industrial Engineering at the University of Puerto Rico – Mayaguez, Visiting Assistant Professor in Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at the University of Toledo and Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering at the Bangladesh Institute of Technology, Khulna. He received an Outstanding Professor Award of the Industrial Engineering Department, University of Puerto Rico -Mayaguez, (2006-2007). He has published 60 journal and 150 conference papers. Dr Ali has conducted research projects with Chrysler, Ford, DTE Energy, New Center Stamping, Whelan Co., Delphi Automotive System, GE Medical Systems, Harley-Davidson Motor Company, International Truck and Engine Corporation (ITEC), National/Panasonic Electronics, and Rockwell Automation. His research interests include manufacturing systems modeling, simulation and optimization, intelligent scheduling and planning, artificial intelligence, predictive maintenance, e-manufacturing, and lean manufacturing. He supervised 11 doctoral students. Dr. Ali has involved with many international conference committees. He is the Founder of IEOM Society International and serving as an Executive Director. Dr. Ali serves as a Conference Co-Chair of the International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management and organized events in Dhaka, Kuala Lumpur, Istanbul, Bali, Dubai, Orlando, Detroit, Rabat, UK, Bogota, Paris, Washington, DC, Pretoria, Bangkok, Pilsen, Toronto, Costa Rica, Sao Paulo, India, Riyadh, Manila and Sydney. He is a member of IEOM, INFORMS, SME and IEEE.
Professor Donald M. Reimer, Chief Operating Officer
President, The Small Business Strategy Group
Detroit, Michigan, USA
Adjunct Faculty – A. Leon Linton Department of Mechanical Engineering
Lawrence Technological University
Southfield, Michigan, USA
Donald M. Reimer is an adjunct faculty at the A. Leon Linton Department of Mechanical Engineering in College of Engineering at Lawrence Tech in Southfield, Michigan. He coordinates the Certificate of Entrepreneurial Engineering Skills. Mr. Reimer holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Management from Lawrence Technological University and a Master of Arts degree in Political Science from University of Detroit/Mercy. He is a Certified Management Consultant with over 35 years of experience in working with closely-held businesses. He has taught courses in entrepreneurship, strategic management, corporate entrepreneurship and innovation for engineers. Mr. Reimer is a member of the Lawrence Tech Kern Campus Committee, Coordinator of the Lawrence Tech Innovation Encounter. He is faculty Advisor of the Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization. Mr. Reimer serves as a Kern Fellow of The Kern Family Foundation, Co-Direct of the Coleman Fellows Program, member of the National Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization Faculty Advisory Council and is a member of the American Society of Engineering Education.
He has operated his own consulting company – The Small Business Strategy Group for 23 years. He published numerous articles on small business, entrepreneurship and strategic thinking. He has received several awards and recognition by local, state and federal agencies for his work in entrepreneurship and minority business development. Mr. Reimer served as member of the Minority Economic Development Committee of New Detroit. Mr. Reimer is member of the Small Business Advisory Council of the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Reimer is a member of Advisory Board of the Milwaukee Junction Small Business Assistance Center. He is also a member of the Applied Innovation Alliance. Mr. Reimer serves as a KEEN Fellow for The Kern Family Foundation and is a member of United States Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship.
Dr. Taufiqul Islam, Operations Manager
Dr. Taufiqul Islam is an operations manager of Industrial Engineering and Operations Management (IEOM) Society International, Michigan, USA. He is managing IEOM membership, conference activities, editing newsletter, arranging tour and coordinating training activities. He received B.Sc. (Agricultural Engineering) from the Bangladesh Agricultural University in 1981 and M.S. (Agricultural Engineering) from the Newcastle University, United Kingdom, in 1984. He has earned Ph.D. degree in Bio-Systems Engineering from the Michigan State University in 2004.
In 1981 Dr. Islam joined in the Department of Agricultural Engineering, Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI) as Scientific Officer and became Senior Scientific Officer in 1990 and Principal Scientific Officer in 1996. He has modeled and investigated experimentally Seed Corn Drying in a commercial seed processing facility. The model was used to assess the effect of the main operating parameters on the dryer capacity and energy cost. Dr. Islam served in different capacity (as a Research Assistant, Research Associate, Software Engineer, QA Tester) in Tumblewind Corporation, Avtrex Inc., and AdeptMax Corporation.
Dr. Islam attended industrial training in the field of Agricultural Machinery Testing (IAM, BRAIN, Japan) and Principles of IC Engine Operation (BADC, Bangladesh). He was awarded Agricultural Research Management Program scholarship (1998), and Japan International Cooperation Agency scholarship, Agricultural Machinery Testing (1992). Dr. Islam has also published number of papers in different journals around the World. Dr. Islam has attend seminars and conferences. He is a member of IEOM Society.
Dr. Md. Mizanur Rahman, Associate Operations Manager and Australia Operations Director
School of Mechanical Engineering
University Technology Malaysia (UTM)
Skudai, Johor Bahru, Malaysia
IEOM Australia Operations Director
Md. Mizanur Rahman is currently a Senior Lecturer at Thermo-Fluids Panel, School of Mechanical Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia UTM, Johor Bahru, Malaysia. Dr. Mizanur is a certified Chartered Energy Engineer by Energy Institute UK. Before joining at UTM, he has served as a Postdoctoral Researcher at Aalto University School of Engineering, Finland. Mizanur also has more than 12-year working experience in a government statutory body namely Bangladesh Rural Electrification Board (BREB), Bangladesh. During his tenure in BREB, Mizanur has gathered practical experiences in dealing with techno-economic and sociocultural challenges faced by rural electrification program. He has accumulated deep insights towards the solution pathways for the Global Mega-challenge of having 1.2 billion people without access to electricity yet. Mizanur has sound understanding into the global energy sector challenges and its societal implications. He has received his Ph.D. in Energy Economics and Power plant Engineering from Aalto University, Finland, M.Sc. in Sustainable Energy Engineering from Royal Institute of Technology KTH, Sweden, and B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from Khulna University of Engineering and Technology, Bangladesh. His research interests include Thermodynamics, low temperature Kalian cycle, energy economics, energy management, energy efficiency and system, sustainable and renewable energy, energy system modelling, Life-Cycle analysis, distributed power generation, multicriteria evaluation etc. Mizanur has several publications in International referred journals in energy engineering domain.
Dr. Mizanur is serving as an director of IEOM Australia operations.
Department of Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management
University of Sharjah
United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Mohammad Khadem is working as an associate professor at Univeristy of Sharjah, UAE since 2021. He was associate professor and assistant professor at Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman from 2005 to 2020. He received his PhD from University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, USA in 2004. He received his Master of Science (Mechanical Engineering) degree from the University of South Alabama, USA in 2001. His research interest lies in the area of Simulation and Optimization, Decision Support System, Intelligent Manufacturing System, Lean Manufacturing, Flexible Manufacturing System, Logistic and Supply Chain, Production Planning and Control. He has published several research papers both in international journals and in conference proceedings.
Dr. Mohammad Anwar Rahman, Director of Publication
Manufacturing and Construction Management
Central Connecticut State University
New Britain, CT, USA
Dr. Mohammad Anwar Rahman is a faculty at the Central Connecticut State University in Manufacturing and Construction Management. He has published papers in referred journals and presented results in conferences. His research focuses on logistics, supply chain management, stochastic process and designing quality procedure. Dr. Rahman conducted several research projects with Mississippi Dept. of Education (MDE) and US Dept. of Transportation (USDOT). He has various certifications including Lean Six Sigma Green Belt (Purdue University), Lean Principles (Purdue University), Demonstrated Master Logistician (The International Society of Logistics), Malcolm Baldrige Quality Award Examiner (Louisiana Quality Foundation), and Certified Transportation & Logistics (American Society of Transport & Logistics). Dr. Rahman is affiliated with ISERC, DSI, AST&L and IEOM.
Dr. Saso Krstovski, MBB, Director of Workshops
Dr. Saso Krstovski works for Ford Motor Company – Van Dyke Transmission Plant as a Lean Manufacturing Coach and Six-Sigma Master Black Belt. With over twenty years of service with Ford Motor Company, Dr. Krstovski has held a multitude of engineering assignments, which includes time working as a Test Engineer, Launch Test Engineer, and Electrical Control Engineer. During his time with Ford Motor Company, Dr. Krstovski has worked in several plant environments and skill teams such as Dearborn Tool & Die Plant, Information Technology, and has held front-line supervision roles managing hourly UAW-Ford production employees. This exposure to new work concepts within Ford has allowed Dr. Krstovski to amass a holistic approach to engineering. As such, Dr. Krstovski has gained an extensive understanding of the Six-Sigma methodologies. As a detail oriented and data-driven engineer, Dr. Krstovski is an invaluable contributor to Ford Motor Company. He is highly distinguished and skilled with problem identification and resolution to avoid time and cost expenditures. Dr. Krstovski recently joined Lawrence Technological University as an Adjunct Professor and is currently teaching in the Engineering Department. Dr. Krstovski’s research interests lie in the area of System Optimization. He continues to collaborate actively with researchers at several universities. Dr. Krstovski provides guidance globally to doctoral candidates on dissertation direction. He graduated from Lawrence Technological University with a Doctorate of Engineering in Manufacturing Systems (DEMS). In addition, to his doctorate degree, Dr. Krstovski has a Masters in Electrical Computer Controlled Systems and a Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering from Wayne State University. Dr. Krstovski has authored several publications and scientific articles on various engineering topics.
Dr. Joseph M. Ogundu, Director of Certification
Dr. Joseph M. Ogundu is the president /CEO of Emerald Global Consulting Inc., a Farmington Hills, Michigan based consulting firm. Dr. Ogundu has extensive experience in academia, leadership, project management, business process excellence, lean transformation, six-sigma, supply chain management and supplier quality, change management, operations, industrial engineering, manufacturing and process engineering, quality engineering and quality assurance. Dr. Ogundu is a lean practitioner and six-sigma practitioner that sees lean six-sigma as operations management philosophy that is based on the relationship between waste reduction and elimination, quality improvement and operations performance measures.
Dr. Ogundu was Adjunct professor, Industrial and Systems Engineering at both Lawrence Technological University, Southfield Michigan and Oakland University, Rochester Michigan, as well Adjunct Professor: Business Administration, Kettering University, Flint Michigan. He thought courses in both undergraduate and graduate levels and the courses were Lean Systems Application, Quality Assurance and Control, Total Quality Management, Operations Research and Stochastic Processes, Manufacturing Processes, Advanced Quality Planning, Supplier Quality, Business Statistics, Lean Six-Sigma, Production Planning and Control, Materials and Inventory Management and Operations Management, Dr. Ogundu worked in the following industries, Automotive, Oil and Gas, Manufacturing, Consulting, Energy and Health Care. Dr. Ogundu is the author of the book “The Relationship between Types of Waste and Operating Performance Measures.
Dr. Ogundu graduated with a Doctorate Degree in engineering and manufacturing systems, Masters in business administration from Lawrence Technological University, Master’s Degree in Manufacturing Engineering from Wayne State University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Engineering from University of Tennessee. Knoxville, Tennessee. Dr. Ogundu spent the earlier years of his career in engineering, leader and senior management positions as director and executive director at Country Coach Inc, process engineering manager at DaimlerChrysler AG, Senior Operations leader at Chrysler Corporation, facilities engineer and project manager at Ford Motor Company and Senior Product Engineer at General Motors Corporation. Dr. Ogundu has served as board member of Lawrence Tech University College of Management Alumni Association, Finer Cabinetry & Woodwork Inc., Citation Plastics, LLC., River State Foundation Inc., as well as Board member of Health Care Management department at South University Novi, Michigan Campus. Also, he served as Vice President of Chapter Development Institute of Industrial Engineers SE Michigan/Toledo Chapter from 1991 to 1992.
Dr. Hayder Zghair, Associate Program Director
Hayder Zghair is an assistant professor in industrial engineering at Southern Arkansas University since January 2022. He was an Assistant Teaching Professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, Penn State Berks, Reading, Pennsylvania, USA since August 2020. He was an adjust professor at A. Leon Linton Department of Mechanical, Robotics and Industrial Engineering Department, Lawrence Technological University, Michigan, USA. Dr. Zghair was a Faculty in the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Department at Kettering University, Michigan, USA during 2017 to 2019. Mr. Zghair earned Doctor of Engineering in Manufacturing Systems and Master of Engineering in Manufacturing Systems from Lawrence Technological University, Michigan, Master in Production Engineering and B.Sc. in Production Engineering from University of Technology, Baghdad, Iraq. He has published journal and conference papers. Mr. Zghair has completed E-Learning project with UNISCO. His research interests include Flexible Automated Manufacturing, Robotics, Analytical Modeling & Simulation, and Optimization. He is member of ASEE, IEOM & IEU.
Suvro Sudip, Web Admin, Director of Web Services
Software Engineer II
Jervis B. Webb Company
Detroit, Michigan, USA
Past Global Council Members
2016 – 2023
Professor Abu Masud, Ph.D., P.E. – President, 2019 – 2021
Dr. Abu Masud is a professor of industrial and manufacturing engineering at Wichita State University. He has been named the Boeing Global Engineering Professor at Wichita State University. In this new post, Dr. Masud is expected to advance the College of Engineering’s strategic alliances for global enrichment and experiential learning of students as well as international research collaborations and partnerships. He received Duane and Velma Wallace Outstanding Educator Award from WSU College of Engineering. Previously he was held various positions at Wichita State including associate dean, graduate school (2008-2013), coordinator, college ABET affairs (2006-2008), associate dean, college of engineering (2004-2005), chair, industrial and manufacturing engineering department (1994-2004) and graduate coordinator of IME (1991-94, 1996-98, 2001-2004). Dr. Masud has engaged with various companies and governmental research centers including NASA Langley Research Center, VA, NASA/ASEE Summer Faculty Fellow (1991 and 1992), Boeing, Consulting Analyst, and Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research. He is member of Accreditation Review Council (2011-2014). Dr. Masud published book, book chapters, and numerous journal and conference papers. He is registered Professional Engineer at Kansas State. Dr. Masud is an IIE fellow. He received Ph.D. and M.S. in Industrial Engineering from Kansas State University, and B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology.
2016 – 2023
Dr. Umar Al-Turki
Umar Al-Turki is a Professor of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research in the Department of Systems at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. He obtained his Ph.D. in Decision Sciences and Engineering Systems from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1994. He obtained M.Sc. in Industrial Engineering and Management from Oklahoma State University in 1989. He served as the Dean of College of Computer Sciences and Engineering, the director of the center of excellence in maintenance research and the head of the Systems Engineering Department. Dr. Al-Turki’s research in production planning and scheduling is presented in many international conferences and published in highly prestigious international scientific journals. He is a senior member of the International Industrial Engineering Society, and a fellow and a member of the global advisory board of the Industrial Engineering and Operations Management Society International. He was involved in strategic planning for several national and international organizations in higher education and in water resource planning.
2016 – 2023
Professor Abdul Talib Bon, Ph.D.
Professor of Technology Management
Department of Production and Operations Management
Faculty of Technology Management and Business
Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia
Dr. Abdul Talib Bon is Professor of Technology Management in Department of Production and Operations Management, Faculty of Technology Management and Business at the Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia. He has a PhD in Computer Science, which he obtained from the Universite de La Rochelle, France in the year 2008. His doctoral thesis was on topic Process Quality Improvement on Beltline Moulding Manufacturing. He studied Business Administration major in Quality Management at the master’s level in the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia for which he was awarded the MBA in the year 1998. He’s bachelor degree and diploma in Mechanical Engineering which his obtained from the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. He received his postgraduate certificate in Mechatronics and Robotics from Carlisle, United Kingdom in 1997. He is Managing Director of UTHM Teaching Factory and Manager of Centre for Technology (Furniture Innovation Technology) from 1 September 2016 and Head of Program Bachelor of Technology Management (Furniture Design and Manufacturing) with Honours from 2014 until now. Before this he was the Deputy Dean (Research and Development) at the Faculty of Technology Management and Business in the Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia from 2008 until December 2011. Dr. Abdul Talib Bon has had over 28 year experience of teaching in higher learning education. A major part of his teaching experience involves teaching mechanical engineering students in polytechnics. However, from the year 1999, he was given the opportunity to be jointed in the Institut Teknologi Tun Hussein Onn (ITTHO), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia as a lecturer in Mechanical Engineering Department. In this institute, he teaches engineering management and quality control at the under-graduate level. Dr. Abdul Talib Bon has multidisciplinary research interests that encompass industrial engineering, quality management and production and operation management. His completed ten research grant projects include applications of forecasting in industries. His current research project is looking into developing process quality improvement (PQI) in manufacturing industries. He has supervised more than 65 undergraduate and postgraduate research projects. He has served as a reviewer for a number of engineering management and computer science conferences and journals as part of his expertise sharing initiatives. He had published more than 150 International Proceedings and International Journals and 8 books. He is also President of Industrial Engineering and Operation Management Society (IEOMS, Malaysia), Council member of Management Science and Operation Research Society of Malaysia (MSORSM), member of International Association of Engineers (IAENG), member of Institute of Industrial Engineer (IIE), USA, member of International Institute of Forecasters (IIF), member of Technological Association of Malaysia (TAM) and associate member of Malaysian Institute of Management (AMIM).
2016 – 2022
Dr. Abdur Rahim
Dr. Abdur Rahim is a Professor at the Faculty of Business Administration, University of New Brunswick (UNB), Fredericton, Canada. He joined UNB in 1983 and is a member of the Quantitative Methods area. He received his B.Sc. (Hons.), M.Sc in Statistics from the University of Dhaka, D.S. in Operations Research from the University of Rome, M.Sc. in Systems Theory from the University of Ottawa, and Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Windsor. He teaches Management Science, Operations Management and TQM in the BBA and MBA programs. Dr. Rahim is a recognized world expert in Quality Control and Quality Management. He has taught a wide range of courses in Universities in Canada, Bangladesh, Malaysia, and Saudi Arabia. He has served as an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Systems Science, Quality Engineering, and Engineering Optimization. He is a member of the Advisory or Editorial boards for Economic Quality Control, the Journal of Quality in Maintenance Engineering, the Journal of Quality Engineering and Technology, and the International Journal of Production Research. Dr. Rahim received the UNB Merit Award in 1992, 1999, 2000, and 2009 for his excellence performance in research, service, and teaching.
2016 – 2022
Professor Bernardo Villarreal, Ph.D.
Bernardo Villarreal is a full professor of the Department of Engineering of the Universidad de Monterrey. He holds a PhD and an MSc of Industrial Engineering from SUNY at Buffalo. He has 20 years of professional experience in strategic planning in several Mexican companies. He has taught for 20 years courses on industrial engineering and logistics in the Universidad de Monterrey, ITESM and Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León. He has made several publications in journals such as Mathematical Programming, JOTA, JMMA, European Journal of Industrial Engineering, International Journal of Industrial Engineering, Production Planning and Control, International Journal of Logistics Research and Applications, Industrial Management and Data Systems and the Transportation Journal. He is currently a member of the IIE, INFORMS, POMS and the Council of Logistics Management.
2016 – 2022
Dr. Ilham Kissani
Dr. Ilham Kissani is an assistant professor in the field of engineering management for the School of Science and Engineering at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco. She has served as the main advisor and lead instructor for the undergraduate and MS programs in Engineering and Management Systems since 2010. She has helped create very close ties with the AUI School of Business Administration, which allows both schools to leverage our resources and deliver a greater diversity of courses to students, such as supply chain management and operations management. Her background is diverse and includes industrial experience as well as academic. Her degrees are from INSEA, Morocco (Engineer) and Université Laval, Canada (Master and Ph.D). She has worked with Royal Dutch Shell as a project manager and with Modellium Québec, where she consulted in logistics and supply chain issues. Additionally, Dr. Kissani contributes in research in supply chain management, planning, and operations research. She is a member of ASEM, IEEE, IEOM, IIE, and INFORMS.
2016 – 2022
Professor Eui H. Park, Ph.D.
Dr. Eui H. Park, Professor of the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE) at North Carolina A&T (NC A&T) State University, received his Ph.D. from Mississippi State University in 1983. Upon completion of his Ph.D., he joined NC A&T and has since initiated and developed a successful Human-Machine Systems Engineering program and interdisciplinary manufacturing program. He has also conducted STEM outreach programs, the Para-Research Program, Partnership in Education and Research, REU, and RET, for the past sixteen years. He is the founder of teaching factory, Piedmont Triad Center for Advanced Manufacturing. Dr. Park was also the Chairperson of the ISE Department for sixteen years from July 1990. He has been an IIE Fellow since 2000. His research interest include Human-Machine Systems Engineering and Quality Assurance. He has been a principle investigator in 24 awarded funded research projects totaling over $12 million in the past ten years.
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