IEOM Global Council
Regional Council Members
- Africa – Professor Charles Mbohwa, University of Johannesburg, South Africa
- Asia – Professor Abdul Talib Bon, Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia
- Caribbean and Central America – Dr. Eldon Caldwell, University of Costa Rica
- Europe – Professor Jose Arturo Garza-Reyes, University of Derby, UK
- Middle East – Dr. Umar Al-Turki, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Saudi Arabia
- North America – Professor Eui H. Park, North Carolina A&T State University, USA
- South America – TBA
At-Large Council Members
- Dr. Ilham Kissani, Al Akhawayn University, Ifrane, Morocco
- Professor Abu Masud, Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas, USA
- Professor Bernardo Villarreal, Universidad de Monterrey, Mexico
Dr. Hamid Parsaei, Texas A&M University – Qatar
Dr. Abdelaziz Berrado, EMI, Rabat, Morocco
Dr. Loubna Benabbou, EMI, Rabat, Morocco
Dr. Ahad Ali – Executive Director
Dr. Mohammad Khadem – Director of Program
Dr. Mohammad Anwar Rahman – Director of Publication
Professor Don Reimer – Director of Membership and Chapter Development
Dr. Abdur Rahim – Director of Strategies
Dr. Akand Islam – Chief Operating Officer
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Professor Charles Mbohwa is a 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.
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).
Eldon Caldwell, is full professor/ Cathedraticus of the University of Costa Rica, Central America; Doctor (Ph.D.) in Industrial Engineering major in Lean Operations Engineering. He developed new heuristic sequencing algorithms in order to reduce cycle times and received Suma Cum Laude in his doctoral dissertation and Academic Crown Excellence Award in Autonomous University of Central America/ University of Nevada, USA. Currently, he is doctoral researcher at the (Dr. Sc.) Computing Science Program at the University of Alicante, Spain and doctoral researcher at the Dr. Ed. Program at University of Costa Rica, receiving the Academic Excellence Award 2013.
Dr. Caldwellis “Lean Systems Certificated Specialist”, MAPV-University of Nevada, USA, ASQ-Six Sigma Black Belt Certified Trainer, and Spanish publications technical reviewer of Gary Conner, 2002 Shingo Prized. Also, Dr. Caldwell has been recognized by the IEOM Society with the “Outstanding Service Award” for his career of over 25 years as an educator, researcher and promoter of development of industrial engineering. Dr. Caldwell earn his B.Sc. and Master degree in Industrial Engineering at University of Costa Rica (Summa Cum Laude) and he earn a Master degree in Service Marketing, as well in Financial Analysis at Interamerican University of Puerto Rico (Costa Rica); M.Sc. Health Management Systems at UNED, Costa Rica and a M.Sc. Operations Management at ITESM, México. He is author of many scientific articles and two books: “Marketing of Social Products & Services”, UCR Pub. and “Lean Manufacturing: Fundamentals and techniques for cycle time reduction”, Kaikaku Ins. Press, USA.
Dr. Caldwell served as 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 25 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, and many others. Currently, Dr. Caldwell is Director of Industrial Engineering Department at Engineering School of University of Costa Rica.
Professor Jose Arturo Garza-Reyes, Ph.D.
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).
Dr. Umar Al-Turki
Systems Engineering Department
King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals
Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
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.
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.
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.
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.
Professor Hamid Parsaei, Ph.D., PE
Professor, Industrial and Systems Engineering and Mechanical Engineering
Texas A&M University (College Station)
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Texas A&M University Qatar
Hamid R. Parsaei is a Professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering and Department of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University (College Station) and also Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University at Qatar. He is a registered professional engineer (PE) in Texas, a Fellow of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE), and a Fellow of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). He has published over 280 articles in peer-refereed archival journals and conference proceedings. He has also served as editor/co-editor in chief for four academic journals and eight book series. His research, in excess of $26 million, has been funded by numerous government and private institutions.
Dr. Abdelaziz Berrado is an Associate Professor of Industrial Engineering at EMI School of Engineering at Mohamed V University. He earned MS/BS in Industrial Engineering from same institution, an MS in Industrial and Systems Engineering from San Jose State University, and a PhD in Decision Systems and Industrial Engineering from Arizona State University. His research interests are in the areas of Data Science, Industrial Statistics, Operations and Supply Chain Modelling, Planning and Control with application in different industries. His research work is about developing frameworks, methods and tools for systems’ diagnostics, optimization and control with the aim of operational excellence. He published several papers in international scientific journals and conferences’ proceedings. In addition to academic work, he is a consultant in the areas of Supply Chain Management, Data Mining and Quality Engineering for different Industries. He was also a senior engineer at Intel. He is member of INFORMS and IEEE.
Dr. Loubna Benabbou is an Associate Professor of Industrial Engineering at Ecole Mohammadia d’Ingénieurs (EMI) at Mohamed V University. Her research work lie in the application of decision/ management sciences and machine learning techniques to transform data for making better decisions and improving operational processes. Dr Benabbou has been supervising several undergraduate and graduate students in projects for different Industries related to the areas of Decision sciences, Data valorisation and Operations Management. Several of her research paper related to these fields has been published in international scientific journals and conferences’ proceedings. She was also a trader at Casablanca stock-exchange and financial analyst and risk manager at the Caisse Marocaine des retraites the Moroccan largest intuitional fund manager. She is member of INFORMS, IEEE and International society of MCDM. Dr Benabbou is an industrial engineer from EMI, she earned MBA and PhD in Management and Decision sciences from Laval University.
Dr. Ahad Ali
Director of Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering
Director, Master of Science in Industrial Engineering
Director of Smart Manufacturing and Lean Systems Research Group
A. Leon Linton Department of Mechanical Engineering
Lawrence Technological University
Southfield, Michigan, USA
Dr. Ahad Ali is an Associate Professor and Director of Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering and Master of Science in Industrial Engineering in the A. Leon Linton Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Lawrence Technological University, Michigan. Dr. Ali is the Director of Smart Manufacturing and Lean Systems Research Group. He earned B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Khulna University of Engineering and Technology, Bangladesh, Masters in Systems and Engineering Management from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Dr. Ali is the Executive Director of IEOM Society and Conference Chair of the Sixth International Conference on Industrial Engineering and operations Management, Kuala Lumpur 2016. He advised six doctorate students in Doctor of Engineering in Manufacturing Systems. Dr. Ali has published journal and conference papers. He was past President of IIE Lean Division. Dr Ali has done research projects with Chrysler, Ford, DTE Energy, 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 quality, reliability, six sigma, manufacturing, simulation, optimization, scheduling, maintenance, e-manufacturing, lean, CAE and GD&T and. He is a member of ASEE, IEEE, IEOM, IISE, INFORMS, and SME.
Mohammad Khadem is working as an Assistant Professor at Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman since September 2005. 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 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.
Professor Donald M. Reimer
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. 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.
Akand Islam is currently working as Chief Operations Officer of IEOM International Society. He earned B.S, M.S., and PhD in Chemical Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology, North Carolina A&T State University, and University of Alabama, respectively. After PhD he joined as a postdoc scholar in Petroleum & Geosystems Engineering Department at the University of Texas at Austin. Before joined in IEOM, he worked in Ford Motor Company as a CAE-CFD Engineer in Automatic Transmission New Product Development Center at Livonia, Michigan. His research interests are in the areas of computational fluid dynamics, multiphase heat and mass transfer, reactive transport, thermodynamics, transmission and driveline engineering, and carbon sequestration. He has published more than 30 papers in high visible journals of respective fields and has presented more than 20 papers in international conferences. He is a member of AIChE, ASME, AGU, and SPE.
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