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M. Katherine Banks, vice chancellor and dean of engineering at Texas A&M University, has appointed Dr. Mark Lawley as the interim department head in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering. Lawley is a TEES research professor in the department.

Lawley joined Texas A&M and the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering in 2014 after serving for 17 years as a faculty member at Purdue University, and two years as a faculty member at the University of Alabama. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas and has done extensive consulting, as well as working in engineering positions with the Emerson Electric Company and Westinghouse Corporation.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Tennessee Technological University in 1982 and his master’s degree in 1988 from Auburn University in manufacturing systems engineering. Lawley earned his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1995.

Lawley’s research interests are in healthcare delivery systems with emphasis on population health and chronic disease. Lawley also serves as the deputy director of the Center for Remote Health Technologies and Systems. The center focuses on developing breakthrough healthcare devices, technologies and systems for disease prevention, diagnosis and management in the global health setting.