Phillips receives lifetime achievement award

Dr. Don Phillips, Chevron Professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Texas A&M University, has received the Texas Industrial Engineering Lifetime Achievement Award.Dr. Don PhillipsPhillips was recognized with the award at a luncheon at Lamar University in late February.Phillips, only the second recipient of the award, was recognized for 43 years of achievement and service in education, specifically in the field of industrial engineering, a field that focuses on maximizing the efficiency of processes and systems.Phillips joined the Texas A&M Engineering faculty in 1975. He previously held faculty positions as Purdue University and the University of Texas at Austin. A prolific author and researcher, Phillips is the author of seven college textbooks, including a book of the year award for operations research, and more than 150 peer-reviewed journal and proceedings articles. He has been the principal or co-principal investigator for research grants in excess of $18 million and serves as the homeland security research coordinator for Texas A&M Engineering.Phillips was selected for the E.D. Brockett Professorship in the Dwight Look College of Engineering and recognized for his outstanding achievements in education, research and service. He has received the IIE David F. Baker Distinguished Research Award and is an IIE Fellow.Nominees for the Texas Industrial Engineering Lifetime Achievement Award are selected by members of the Texas executive committee of the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE), an international professional society. Nominees must have had a distinguished career and exhibit the highest level of leadership in their organizations. A unanimous vote of the executive committee is required for the recipient of the annual award.