Head of Industrial Engineering Department Recognized for Service to National Society


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Tres Bishop and Ed Pohl, winners of the Woodbury Prize, and Yesim Sireli, President of ASEM.

Ed Pohl, Professor and Chair of the Department of Industrial Engineering, received the Frank Woodbury Special Service Award from the American Society for Engineering Management. The award was presented at the society’s international conference in Tampa, Florida, October 5-8.

The award recognizes an individual who has provided outstanding service to society. Pohl has been a member since 2009, reaching the level of Fellow in 2018. The Woodbury Special Service Award recognizes Pohl for his services as co-editor of the society’s journal, the Engineering Management Journal, since four years.

Pohl holds the chair of 21st century engineering. He served as director of the online Master of Science in Operations Management degree program and led several research efforts related to risk and supply chain at the U of A.

Before coming to Arkansas, he spent 21 years in the US Air Force, serving in various engineering, operations analysis, and academic positions during his career. Previously, he served as Deputy Director of the United States Military Academy Operations Research Center, Operations Analyst in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Munitions Logistics Manager at the Proving Grounds Air Force operational and B-2 systems engineer training.

“I am very proud of Dr. Pohl for his dedication to service, and I congratulate him on this well-deserved honor,” said Dean Kim Needy.

Pohl is a Certified Professional Engineering Manager. In addition to being a member of ASEM, he is also a member of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers and the Society of Reliability Engineers. He is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the American Society for Quality. He is also a Fellow of the Society of Health Systems, a Fellow of the International Council for Systems Engineering, the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences, and the Association for Health Care Resource & Materials Management.

About ASEM: The American Society for Engineering Management (ASEM) is a global professional society dedicated to promoting and advancing the profession of engineering and technical management. ASEM provides a foundation for anyone wishing to enter or learn about the field of engineering management.

About the Department of Industrial Engineering: The Department of Industrial Engineering at the University of Arkansas was founded in 1950, led by Department Head John L. Imhoff who believed deeply in the global impact of industrial engineering. Today, the department averages over 200 undergraduate students and over 40 doctoral and master’s students. In addition, the department has three online master’s degrees: the Master of Science in Operations Management, the Master of Science in Engineering Management, and the Master of Science in Operations Analytics. These three programs alone welcome more than 600 students each academic year. To learn more about the Department of Industrial Engineering, please visit our website.


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