Phillips to give industrial engineering talk Monday

Dr. Don Phillips, Chevron Professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Texas A&M University, will give a talk Monday (April 5) at 3 p.m. in Room 203 of the Zachry Engineering Center on campus.Phillips' talk, "New Horizons and New Opportunities for the Modern Industrial Engineer," is part of the department's seminar series, sponsored by Parsons.Abstract Industrial engineering is now more than 100 years old, with its modern roots dating back to the pioneering work of Frederick Taylor, Frank and Lillian Gilbreath, and Henry Ford. The historical development of industrial engineering, the traditional image of an industrial engineer and the emerging role of the modern industrial engineer will be discussed. An assessment will be made of how the profession was originally defined, how it evolved to the position it represents today and where it is heading in the 21st century. Emerging opportunities, trends and new directions for professional definition and growth will be discussed. Depending upon ones perspective and outlook, the future of industrial engineering might be dismal or promising. As we develop and define a new breed of industrial engineers, we need to reflect on how the profession will not only make a difference, but make an impact on the societal elements that we embrace. The opinions expressed in this presentation represent those of the speaker alone, and do not necessarily reflect those of either the departmental faculty or of the departmental administration.Biography Don Phillips holds the Chevron Professorship from the Dwight Look College of Engineering at Texas A&M. His Ph.D. is from the University of Arkansas. Phillips' teaching and research interests include manufacturing systems analysis, operations research, lean thinking and lean manufacturing, systems simulation, product cost analysis, and the analysis and control of remanufacturing/sustainment systems. He is an IIE Fellow and a member of SME.