Rossetti Named University Professor

January 20, 2021

Photo of Manuel RossettiManuel D. Rossetti has been named a University Professor in the Department of Industrial Engineering in the College of Engineering. He is the director of the Data Science Program, which includes the College of Engineering, the Sam M. Walton College of Business, and Fulbright College.

An award-winning professor, Rossetti was selected as a Lilly Teaching Fellow in 1997/98 and was voted Best Industrial Engineering Teacher by IE students in 2007 & 2009. He is a three-time winner of the College of Engineering Outstanding Teacher Award.  The College of Engineering awarded him the Imhoff Teaching Award and he was elected an IIE Fellow in 2012.

In 2013, he was elected into the University of Arkansas Teaching Academy and the University of Arkansas Alumni Association awarded him the Charles and Nadine Baum Faculty Teaching Award, the highest award for teaching at the university.

In 2015, Dr. Rossetti served as program chair for the INFORMS Winter Simulation Conference.  He is also the author of the book, Simulation Modeling and Arena, published by John Wiley & Sons. Rossetti was the recipient of the 2020 Institute of Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers’ Modeling and Simulation Division Teaching Award.

His research is focused on the design, analysis and optimization of transportation, inventory, healthcare and manufacturing systems, using stochastic modeling, computer simulation, information systems and heuristic modeling techniques. He teaches courses in the areas of probability modeling, discrete event simulation, object-oriented and database systems, transportation/logistics modeling, and inventory modeling.

“I support the synergy between research and teaching through the use of active and collaborative teaching methods within my courses,” he said. “These methods actively engage students in the learning process and are proven to provide an enhanced learning experience. Also, I believe that active engagement is a key for fostering a research mentality. I am committed to improving engineering education by developing, using, and disseminating innovative teaching methods.”

He holds a Bachelor of Science in industrial engineering from the University of Cincinnati and a Master of Science and doctorate in industrial and systems engineering from The Ohio State University. Rossetti joined the University of Arkansas in 1999.

See the University of Arkansas news announcement here.