Meet Our Faculty

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Dr. Tamas Terlaky
Tamás Terlaky
George N. and Soteria Kledaras '87 Endowed Chair Professor
Department Chair

Dr. John Adams
John W. Adams
Professor Emeritus
Ph.D. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Frank E. Curtis
Frank E. Curtis
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. Northwestern University

Boris Defourny
Boris Defourny
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. Montefiore Institute, University of Liege, Belgium

Keith Gardiner
Keith M. Gardiner
Professor
Ph.D. Manchester University, England

Mikell Groover
Mikell P. Groover
Professor Emeritus
Ph.D. Lehigh University

Dr. Eugene Perevalov
Eugene Perevalov
Associate Professor
Ph.D. University of Texas, Austin

Dr. Louis J. Plebani
Louis J. Plebani
Associate Professor
Ph.D. Lehigh University

Dr. Ted Ralphs
Ted K. Ralphs
Associate Professor
Ph.D. Cornell University

Dr. Katya Scheinberg
Katya Scheinberg
Associate Professor
Ph.D. Columbia University

Dr. Larry Snyder
Lawrence V. Snyder
Associate Professor
Ph.D. Northwestern University

Dr. Bob Storer
Robert H. Storer
Professor
Ph.D. Georgia Institute of Technology

Dr. Aurelie Thiele
Aurélie C. Thiele
Associate Professor
Ph.D. MIT

Dr. Gregory Tonkay
Gregory L. Tonkay
Associate Dean
Associate Professor
Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University

Dr. George Wilson
George R. Wilson
Associate Chair
Associate Professor
Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University

Dr. S. David Wu
S. David Wu
Iacocca Professor
Dean
Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University

Dr. Emory Zimmers
Emory W. Zimmers
Professor
Ph.D. Lehigh University

Luis Zuluaga
Luis F. Zuluaga
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. Carnegie Mellon University

Pat J. Costa
Pat J. Costa
Professor of Practice of the Integrated Business
Engineering (IBE) Honors Program

Hisham Abu-Nabaa
Hisham Nabaa
Professor of Practice and
Director of Healthcare Systems Engineering Program

Derya Pamukcu
Derya Pamukcu
Professor of Practice
Ph.D. Louisiana State University

Wilson Yale
Wilson Yale
Adjunct Faculty Member for Industrial and Systems Engineering
Ph.D. Lehigh University

 

Tamás Terlaky, Chair

George N. and Soteria Kledaras '87 Endowed Chair Professor
Department Chair
Ph.D., Eötvös University, Hungary
Personal Home Page · Email: terlaky-at-lehigh-dot-edu

  • High-Performance Optimization
  • Optimization Models
  • Algorithms & Software
  • Supply Chain and Revenue Management

Dr. Tamás Terlaky joined the department in Summer 2008 as the George N. and Soteria Kledaras '87 Endowed Chair Professor, and Chair of the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering. Dr. Terlaky is founding editor-in-chief of the journal, Optimization and Engineering and serving as associate editor of seven journals. He is a Fellow of the Fields Institute, Toronto, Canada and received the MITACS Mentorship Award for his distinguished graduate student supervisory record. Dr. Terlaky’s research interests include high-performance optimization methods, optimization models, algorithms and software, and solving optimization problems in engineering sciences. ˆ

John W. Adams

Professor Emeritus
Ph.D. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Personal Home Page · Email: jwa0-at-lehigh-dot-edu

  • Statistical Process Control (SPC)
  • Design of Experiments
  • Applied Probability

Dr. Adams joined the faculty in 1965 and retired in 1995. During those years, he taught statistics and operations research, and has continued to teach engineering statistics and product quality during his retirement, as well as directing the research of several Ph.D. students and serving as an advisor to a number of Master's degree candidates. Over the years, Dr. Adams has been a consultant at various companies in helping to solve problems in quality control.ˆ

Frank E. Curtis

Assistant Professor
Ph.D. Northwestern University
Personal Home Page · E-Mail: fec309-at-lehigh-dot-edu

  • Large-scale mathematical programming and its applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Scientific Computing
  • Operations Research

Dr. Curtis’s research interests revolve around the area of large-scale mathematical programming and its applications, which lies at the intersection between applied mathematics, scientific computing, and operations research. His doctoral work was primarily intended for the solution of very large-scale problems involving partial differential equations. He graduated from the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA in 2003 with a dual bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Computer Science. He then attended Northwestern University in Evanston, IL where he received his Master of Engineering in 2004 and his Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering in 2007. Dr. Curtis joined the faculty in 2009. ˆ

Boris Defourny

Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Montefiore Institute, University of Liege, Belgium
Email: defourny-at-lehigh-dot-edu

  • Decision-making Under Uncertainty
  • Stochastic Optimization and Robust Optimization
  • Power Systems and Electricity Markets

Dr. Boris Defourny joined the ISE department in Summer 2013, to take part in Lehigh University's research cluster on smart grids. His research interests are in stochastic models, methods and algorithms that can support the modernization of the electrical grid at the operational level, in the valuation of interconnected assets in stochastic dynamical environments, and in the valuation of information for risk-averse decision makers.ˆ

Keith M. Gardiner

Professor
Ph.D. Manchester University England
Personal Home Page · E-Mail: kg03-at-lehigh-dot-edu

  • Design of Products, Processes, and Systems
  • Microelectronics Manufacturing & Systems
  • Organization & Management, Continuous Improvement

Dr. Gardiner's interests cover aspects of the whole design or manufacturing systems engineering cycle, from concept to delivery of products (or services) that yield customer satisfaction, out to end-of-life. His studies of manufacturing systems encompass business and management aspects as well as international strategic issues. He teaches courses in organizational planning and control, manufacturing management and systems, and micro-manufacturing. Dr. Gardiner’s research interests include product, process and systems design, materials and process selection, micro-manufacturing, sustainability, and bioengineering. Dr. Gardiner serves as the Director of the Center for Manufacturing Systems Engineering, and the associated cross-disciplinary Master of Science in Manufacturing Systems Engineering program, while also coordinating the first year practical engineering course. Dr. Gardiner joined the faculty in 1987. ˆ

Mikell P. Groover

Professor Emeritus
Ph.D. Lehigh University
E-Mail: mpg0-at-lehigh-dot-edu

  • Manufacturing Processes
  • Automation & Robotics
  • Production Systems
  • Material Handling & Facilities Planning

Dr. Groover has taught at the undergraduate and graduate levels in the above topic areas and is the recipient of several Lehigh University and national teaching awards. His book, Fundamentals of Modern Manufacturing: Materials, Processes, and Systems (Prentice Hall, 1996) won the 1996 IIE Joint Publishers Book of the Year Award. The 2nd edition of his book Automation, Production Systems, and Computer Integrated Manufacturing, was published in June 2000. Dr. Groover's most recent book, Work Systems and the Methods, Measurement, and Management of Work was published in spring of 2006. Dr. Groover served as the Director of the George E. Kane Manufacturing Technology Laboratory. He has been the principal investigator and contract administrator for research contracts sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Ben Franklin Partnership Program in Pennsylvania, the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA), and several industrial corporations. Dr. Groover has taught courses and has engaged in research in the areas of manufacturing processes, metal cutting theory, automation, production systems, robotics, material handling, operations management, and agile manufacturing. He joined the faculty in 1966 after several years in industry and retired in December 2010.ˆ

Eugene Perevalov

Associate Professor
Ph.D. University of Texas, Austin
Postdoctoral: MIT Operations Research Center; Harvard Mathematics
E-Mail: eup2-at-lehigh-dot-edu

  • Wireless Ad Hoc Networks
  • Product Portfolio Management
  • Dynamic Optimization

In addition to his doctorate degree, Dr. Perevalov performed post-doctorate work at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard. His research activities fall into three areas: modeling and analysis of wireless ad hoc networks (with a particular interest in the problem of information capacity and its dependence on node mobility), product portfolio management, and dynamic optimization and its applications. Dr. Perevalov teaches courses in operations research, statistics, and game theory. He joined the faculty in 2001. ˆ

Louis J. Plebani

Associate Professor
Ph.D. Lehigh University
E-Mail: ljp2-at-lehigh-dot-edu

  • Modeling of Manufacturing Processes
  • Computational Operations Research
  • Automation and Process Control

Dr. Plebani's research interests are in the areas of modeling of manufacturing processes, computational operations research, and automation and process control. He is currently involved in research work in all three of these major areas. Sample projects include high speed data acquisition and spectrum analysis of metal removal processes for purposes of predicting catastrophic tool wear; the design and implementation of specialized parallel processing algorithms using workstation networks and also for implementation using heterogeneous embedded processors; and the design and implementation of a high-speed electronic part sorting system. He has been the principal investigator on a number of research contracts for both federal and local governments and for numerous industrial firms. Dr. Plebani joined the faculty in 1976. ˆ

Theodore K. Ralphs

Associate Professor
Ph.D. Cornell University
Personal Home Page · E-Mail: ted-at-lehigh-dot-edu

  • Discrete Optimization
  • Polyhedral Theory
  • Combinatorial Optimization
  • Design and Implementation of Algorithms
  • Parallel Algorithms
  • Graphs and Network Flows

Dr. Ralphs is a co-founder and co-director of the Computational Optimization Research at Lehigh (COR@L) Laboratory and chairs Lehigh's High-performance Computing Steering Committee. Dr. Ralphs' research focuses on theoretical and computational aspects of the solution and analysis of mixed-integer linear programs, including the implementation of parallel algorithms and the use of high-performance computing platforms. Courses taught by Dr. Ralphs include an introduction to mathematical programming, integer programming, nonlinear programming, and algorithms in systems engineering. Dr. Ralphs has been with the faculty since 2000. ˆ

Katya Scheinberg

Associate Professor
Ph.D. Columbia University
Personal Home Page · Email: kas410-at-lehigh-dot-edu

  • Developing Practical Algorithms (and their theoretical analysis) for Various Problems in Continuous Optimization
  • Convex Optimization
  • Derivative Free Optimization
  • Machine Learning
  • Quadratic Programming

Professor Scheinberg joined the department from the Industrial Engineering and Operations Research Department at Columbia University in 2010. A native from Moscow, she earned her Master’s degree in operations research from the Lomonosov Moscow State University in 1992 and then received her Ph.D. in operations research from Columbia in 1997. Scheinberg was a Research Staff Member at the IBM T.J. Watson Research center, where she worked on various applied and theoretical problems in optimization, until coming back to Columbia as a visiting professor. Her main research areas are related to developing practical algorithms (and their theoretical analysis) for various problems in continuous optimization, such as convex optimization, derivative free optimization, machine learning, quadratic programming, etc. Scheinberg has also published a book in 2008 titled, Introduction to Derivative Free Optimization, which is co-authored with Andrew R. Conn and Luis N. Vicente. ˆ

Lawrence V. Snyder

Associate Professor
Ph.D. Northwestern University
Personal Home Page · E-Mail: lvs2-at-lehigh-dot-edu

  • Supply Chain Management and Logistics
  • Electricity Grids and Energy Systems
  • Applied Optimization
  • Decision Making Under Uncertainty

Dr. Snyder teaches courses in production and inventory control, quantitative models in supply chain management, advanced inventory theory, service systems engineering, and operations research. His research interests include optimization problems in application areas such as supply chain management (e.g., facility location, inventory management, transportation) and electricity grids (e.g., optimal power flow problems, optimization of renewable resources, and energy storage). He is a core member of the Integrated Networks for Electricity research cluster. His textbook Fundamentals of Supply Chain Theory won the IIE/Joint Publishers Book-of-the-Year Award in 2012. Dr. Snyder joined the I.S.E. faculty in Fall 2003. ˆ

Robert H. Storer

Professor
Ph.D. Georgia Institute of Technology
Personal Home Page · E-Mail: rhs2-at-lehigh-dot-edu

  • Manufacturing Systems
  • Quality Control and Applied Statistics
  • Heuristic Optimization

Dr. Storer is the Co-Director of the Integrated Business and Engineering Honors Program. His research interests include heuristic optimization, logistics, scheduling and routing, combinatorial optimization, and “balancing and partitioning”. He teaches courses in heuristic optimization, simulation, and applied statistics. Dr. Storer joined the I.S.E. faculty in 1986. ˆ

Aurélie C. Thiele

Associate Professor
Ph.D. MIT
Personal Home Page · E-Mail: aut204-at-lehigh-dot-edu

  • Decision-Making Under Uncertainty
  • Robust Dynamic Optimization
  • Healthcare Finance
  • Revenue Management

Dr. Thiele’s primary research interests are in decision-making under high uncertainty, in particular when little information is available about the underlying probability distributions and the decision-maker is risk-averse. She is a Certified Healthcare Financial Professional and currently focuses on robust decision-making models for healthcare finance, such as value-based insurance design to improve health outcomes. She teaches courses on deterministic and stochastic optimization. Dr. Thiele joined the I.S.E. faculty in 2004 and currently serves as Co-Director of the Master of Science in Analytical Finance program.ˆ

Gregory L. Tonkay

Associate Dean and Associate Professor
Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University
E-Mail: glt0-at-lehigh-dot-edu

  • Systems Integration and Control
  • Electronics Manufacturing
  • Manufacturing Processes

Dr. Tonkay's research interests are in the area of integration and control of manufacturing systems. He has developed control systems for both discrete parts systems and continuous systems. He is the director of the Electronics Manufacturing Laboratory. Further interests include manufacturing processes such as machining, abrasive water jet machining, and welding; data collection; and data processing. He teaches courses in industrial control systems, automation and production systems, and databases and networking. Dr. Tonkay has been with the faculty since 1986 and became Associate Dean of Undergraduate Students for the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science in September 2010. ˆ

George R. Wilson

Associate Chair & Associate Professor
Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University
E-Mail: grw3-at-lehigh-dot-edu

  • Modeling and Optimization of Large-scale Systems
  • Modeling of Stochastic Systems

Dr. Wilson teaches courses in production control, operations research, stochastic processes, scheduling, and dynamic programming. His research interests are applied stochastic processes, optimization, production planning and control, modeling and analysis of logistic systems. Dr. Wilson has been a member of the faculty since 1978. ˆ

S. David Wu

Iacocca Professor and Dean
Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University
Personal Home Page · E-Mail: sdw1-at-lehigh-dot-edu

  • Information and Logistics Systems
  • Modeling and Analysis of Distributed Processes
  • Discrete and Combinatorial Optimization

S. David Wu is Dean of the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science and the holder of the Lee A. Iacocca endowed chair. Dean Wu was chairman of the Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE) department for six years prior to his appointment as dean. He is a well-known scholar in optimization, game theory, and supply chain modeling, and he has developed and implemented innovative methods for demand and capacity analysis for the semiconductor industry. His research has received significant support from agencies such as NSF, DOD, SRC, and various industrial firms. In 1999, he helped establish an NSF IGERT doctoral fellows program in Global Manufacturing Logistics in partnership with the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. In 2002, he co-founded the Center for Value Chain Research, a joint effort between the engineering and business colleges at Lehigh University. A fellow of the Institute of Industrial Engineers, Dean Wu has published more than 80 archival articles and served as editor or editorial board member on more than a handful of scholarly journals. ˆ

Emory W. Zimmers

Professor
Ph.D. Lehigh University
Personal Home Page · E-Mail: ewz0-at-lehigh-dot-edu

  • Industrial/Manufacturing Systems
  • Organizational System Modeling
  • Human Factors

Dr. Zimmers's research interests include computer control of industrial systems, agility applications in manufacturing, logistics and distribution systems, new techniques in multi-media distance learning, entrepreneurship, and leadership development. His research is coordinated with the Enterprise Systems Center at Lehigh University and often involves collaboration among education, industry and government partners to implement new findings. Courses which Dr. Zimmers teaches include computer integrated manufacturing, computer graphics, manufacturing problems, and experimental industrial engineering. Dr. Zimmers also oversees the senior projects. He joined the ISE faculty in 1973. ˆ

Luis F. Zuluaga

Assistant Professor
Ph.D. Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University
Personal Home Page · E-Mail: luz212-at-lehigh-dot-edu

  • Polynomial Optimization
  • Financial Optimization
  • Large-scale Optimization

Luis F. Zuluaga earned his Ph.D. in Operations Research from the Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University. Luis also has a Master degree in Industrial Engineering, and Bachelor degrees in Physics and Electrical Engineering from the University of Los Andes (Colombia). Prior to joining the ISE Department, he served as an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Business Administration, University of New Brunswick (Canada). Luis has authored multiple articles in journals such as Operations Research, SIAM Journal on Optimization, and Mathematics of Operations Research. The recipient of numerous awards, honors, and grants, Luis' research looks at developing solution schemes and effective algorithms for problems involving optimization over polynomials; especially those arising from integer programming, probability, and finance applications. ˆ

Pat J. Costa

Professor of Practice of the Integrated Business & Engineering (IBE) Honors Program
E-Mail: pjc6-at-lehigh-dot-edu

  • Product and Business Development
  • Sales Strategies and Tactics
  • Long-range Planning

Pat J. Costa, Professor of Practice in the Integrated Business & Engineering (IBE) Honors Program at Lehigh University earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in marketing from Penn State University. Costa is the primary instructor for the IBE Freshman Workshop, the IBE Entrepreneur Independent Study Program, the IBE Senior Capstone Design Program and the Introduction to Entrepreneurship course in the Entrepreneurship Minor. Costa is also the primary marketing instructor at the Pennsylvania School for Global Entrepreneurship at Lehigh University. Prior to coming to Lehigh, he was the executive director of the Berks County Business Incubator System at Kutztown University, the president and cofounder of Fiberoptic Medical Products, a medical manufacturing company that specialized in neonatal/pediatric care, and vice president of marketing of Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network. His many product development achievements include the invention of a fiberoptic medical device used to treat newborn jaundice, a fiberoptic transilluminator used in neonatal transport, and a computerized pulmonary function system used to assess the lung mechanics of neonates on ventilators in real time at the bedside.

Costa is skilled in many aspects of product and business development with particular interest in new business start-up, sales strategies and tactics, long-range planning, segmentation analysis, and healthcare marketing.ˆ

Hisham Nabaa

Professor of Practice
Director of Healthcare Systems Engineering Program
E-Mail: hia206-at-lehigh-dot-edu

  • Digital Imaging and Robotics
  • Organizational System Modeling
  • Human Factors
  • Healthcare Systems

Mr. Nabaa was appointed Professor of Practice in Industrial and Systems Engineering and Director of the Healthcare Systems Engineering Program in May 2011. As director, Hisham will be responsible for developing and launching the HSE program. He works with Lehigh faculty to coordinate research projects between the healthcare delivery organizations and HSE, teaching new healthcare systems courses, organizing and supervising student projects in the program’s capstone course, establishing relationships with industry and government agencies, establishing and working with an industry advisory board and providing direction for the program.

Mr. Nabaa earned a Master’s of Science degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Wilkes University in1996, focusing on digital image processing and robotics. He has served as manager of design/test engineering at PRIMUS Technologies, and as director of MIS for Mercy Health Partners Wilkes-Barre. More recently, he has served as Director of Engineering Operations and Strategy for Wilkes University’s division of Engineering & Physics. His skills and experience include systems consulting, client relations, healthcare IT, streamline programs, reducing processing time, and producing creative management reporting tools. ˆ

Derya Pamukcu

Professor of Practice of the Industrial and Sytems Engineering Department
E-Mail: dp00-at-lehigh-dot-edu

  • Information Systems and Software Engineering
  • Design and Analysis of Network and Communications Systems
  • Engineering Decision Making
  • Computer Graphics and Project Management

Derya Pamukcu received a doctorate in 1987 from Louisiana State University, a Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Louisiana State University, and a Bachelor of Science from Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey. He is a member of the Project Management Institute and certified Project Management Professional.

Before joining Lehigh, Derya had a distinguished career at major institutions such as Bell Laboratories, AT&T, and IBM. He investigated software development technologies to accelerate deployment of large-scale projects at Bell Laboratories. Later, he worked as a Technology Leader and a Manager at AT&T, where he led development of large enterprise applications using web technology. At IBM Global Services he continued work on large-scale telecommunication systems as an Executive Project Manager and an Architect. Derya enjoyed the software industry from many aspects, including founding and growing a local software company.

His areas of interest include Information Systems and Software Engineering, Design and Analysis of Network and Communications Systems, Engineering Decision Making, and Computer Graphics and Project Management.ˆ

Wilson Yale

Adjunct Faculty Member for Industrial and Systems Engineering
E-Mail: wilson-at-yalegroup-dot-com

Wilson received a BS in Engineering Science with a major in Mathematics in 1973, an MS in Management Science with a concentration in Finance in 1976, a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering with a Major in Operations Research and a Minor in Information Systems in 1978. He currently works for Morgan Stanley as a Senior Institutional Consultant focusing in preparing written Investment Policy Statements, performing Investment Manager Searches, and providing Investment Performance Monitoring to help fiduciaries avoid Personal Pension Liability and to help individuals manage their retirement assets. Wilson’s goal on the advisory board is to assist with keeping the Senior Project Course and Analytical Finance Programs as viable training platforms.ˆ