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Portrait of Dr. David Eckman
Dr. David Eckman joined Texas A&M University Aug. 1 from Northwestern University where he was a postdoctoral research fellow. | Image: Courtesy of Dr. David Eckman
Dr. David Eckman has joined the Wm Michael Barnes ’64 Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Texas A&M University as an assistant professor beginning Aug. 1.
Eckman comes from Northwestern University where he worked as a postdoctoral research fellow under the supervision of Drs. Matthew Plumlee and Barry Nelson.
“I am thrilled to join the department and am very grateful for the warm Aggie welcome I've received from everyone. I'm eager to connect more with the faculty, staff and students, and explore all that's happening in the department,” Eckman said. “The large size and wide breadth of research activities present a lot of opportunities to make an immediate impact and I’m excited to discover my place in the department.”
Eckman received his bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from the University of Pittsburgh while doing three co-op rotations in supply chain logistics at Heinz North America. He received his master’s and doctoral degrees in operations research from Cornell University.
His research interests include how stochastic simulation models are used for decision making when encountered with uncertainty. Much of this research includes the design and analysis of algorithms for optimization via simulation. He is currently investigating how information about the workings of a simulation model can be understood by an algorithm to improve the statistical inferences they provide.
Eckman said he decided to pursue industrial engineering as an undergraduate because he was interested in using math to solve real-world problems, and further investigate how computers and statistics can be used together to analyze and optimize complex systems.
Throughout his time as a doctoral student and as a postdoctoral researcher, Eckman said he has found teaching, conducting research and engaging with the simulation research community to be very rewarding.
“We are very excited to have Dr. Eckman join our team” said Dr. Lewis Ntaimo, industrial and systems engineering department head. “With the growing impact industrial and systems engineering has in our changing society, we are very fortunate to have a faculty member with his expertise and accomplishments. He will have a great impact on our new Bachelor of Science in Data Engineering.”