Industrial Engineering

 Dr. William G. Ferrell elected as Fellow of the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE)

- June 7, 2011

    William G. Ferrell, an industrial engineering professor and associate dean of the graduate school at Clemson University, has been elected a Fellow of the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE).

The world's largest professional society dedicated to industrial engineering, the Institute of Industrial Engineers elects Fellows from its membership "who have made significant, nationally recognized contributions to industrial engineering."

Ferrell's research is focused on supply chain management, which involves the flow of products, information and financing from suppliers to manufacturers and ultimately to wholesalers, retailers and consumers.

"Through his leadership in the capital projects and supply chain area, Dr. Ferrell has brought national prominence to the Clemson industrial engineering program. This is a well-earned honor," said Esin Gulari, dean of the College of Engineering and Science.

Ferrell established the Clemson Institute for Supply Chain Optimization and Logistics, which serves as a conduit between the university's industrial engineering research and the needs of industry. He also founded and is the director of the Clemson research site of the Center for Engineering Logistics and Distribution, a National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center.

"Dr. Ferrell, through his work, epitomizes what a world-class researcher and scholar should be," said Anand Gramopadhye, chairman of the industrial engineering department. "We are especially glad that he is at Clemson and proud of his accomplishments."

Recent projects from Ferrell's research include a model to determine the minimum-cost outbound logistics solution for a distribution center. He is extending his research into supply chain logistics for large construction projects through two initiatives that are part of the Fluor Center of Economic Excellence in Supply Chain and Logistics.

"Dr. Ferrell's unceasing efforts and dedication have been instrumental in creating education and research opportunities for the capital projects industry," said Jim Scotti, senior vice president and chief procurement officer of Fluor Corp. "Throughout our engagement with Clemson, his experience and willingness to both listen and lead have proved invaluable to our company and industry."

After receiving a bachelor's degree from Wake Forest University in 1977, Ferrell earned a master's degree from Virginia Tech in 1979 and a Ph.D. from North Carolina State University. He serves on the editorial board of four professional journals and is an area editor for a fifth.

Institute of Industrial Engineers
Founded in 1948, Institute of Industrial Engineers is an international association that provides research, education and professional support for the field of industrial engineering. Its members are engaged in the design, improvement and installation of integrated systems of people, materials, information, equipment and energy. The field draws upon the mathematical, physical and social sciences as well as engineering analysis and design.


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