Dr. Kim LaScola Needy joins Industrial Engineering Faculty

 Department Head of Industrial Engineering

Twenty-First Century Professorship in Engineering

Kim Needy has joined the Department of Industrial Engineering at the University of Arkansas as the department head and holds the Twenty-First Century Professorship in Engineering with the rank of professor. Her appointment began on August 1, 2008. Prior to her transition to the University of Arkansas, Needy served as a faculty member in the Department of Industrial Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania.

Dr. Needy's primary research interests are in engineering management, engineering economic analysis, sustainable engineering, and integrated resource management. Her research has been supported by more than two dozen grants. She has advised nine doctoral students and four master's students. In addition, she has served on numerous doctoral committees.

Dr. Needy is a respected scholar and teacher. Her research has appeared in The Engineering Economist, the Engineering Management Journal and the International Journal of Production Research. Her research has been recognized with two best paper awards. She is the recipient of the 2000 Beitle-Veltri Memorial Teaching Award at the University of Pittsburgh School of Engineering.

Dr. Needy is very active in multiple professional societies. She is a member of the American Society for Engineering Education; the American Society for Engineering Management, serving on its Board of Directors; the American Production and Inventory Control Society, holding a certification at the fellow level in production and inventory management; the Institute of Industrial Engineers, having previously served on its Board of Trustees; and the Society of Women Engineers. She is a registered Professional Engineer in Kansas.

 

Release date: 8/26/2008