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Egbelu, Pius J.

Contact Info
Title: Distinguished Professor & Dean, Then & Clark Chair
Email: pius.j.egbelu@njit.edu
Office: 4020 CAB
Phone: 973-596-3314
Dept: SOM
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About Me

 

Dr. Egbelu is a Distinguished Professor and Dean of School of Management at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), Newark, New Jersey, and also holder of Then and Clark Chair in Management. Prior to joining NJIT, he served as the Dean of NSF (National Science Foundation) Academy in Washington, DC, the premier US research agency. As Dean, he was the chief learning officer and a member of the US Government Senior Executive Service, the highest grade level in the US government. He served as the Dean of Engineering and Bert Turner Distinguished Professor at Louisiana State University, a college with a faculty size of 150 and staff size of 90. He also served as Professor and Chair of Industrial Engineering at Iowa State University, Assistant and Associate Professor of Industrial Engineering at Pennsylvania State University, and Assistant Professor of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research at Syracuse University. Prior to his appointments at Iowa State, he also served as an NSF Program Director for three research programs. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Industrial Engineers and a Fellow of Nigerian Academy of Sciences. He has served on the advisory boards of many organizations, including the US Federal Aviation Administration, multiple Directorates at NSF, and Louisiana Foundation for Excellence in Science, Technology, and Education. He is a registered professional engineer in Louisiana.

Professor Egbelu has made notable contributions to engineering education and research. He is a renowned researcher in material handling, cross-docking, supply chain management, manufacturing systems analysis, and scheduling. He has published over 150 technical papers, 76 of these in archival journals. He has supervised 15 PhD and over 30 masters’ students. He has collaborated with researchers worldwide. He was a founding member of the Africa-USA Conference series on Manufacturing Technology.

Education

 

• PhD. Industrial Engineering and Operations Research Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia, 1982• M.S.I.E. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1979.• B.S.I.E. Magna Cum Laude, Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, Louisiana, 1978 

Honors & Awards

 

• Outstanding Foreign Student Academic Award, Alabama A&M University, Normal, Alabama 1975/76 Academic Year• Scholarship Recipient, NORWELA Chapter of American Institute of Industrial Engineers,Shreveport, Louisiana 1977/78• Finalist, Gilbreth Memorial Fellowship Award of the American Institute ofIndustrial Engineers 1980/81• Recipient, Outstanding Young Men of America Award, 1983• Recipient, 1989 SME Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award• Listed in Marquis 1996 Edition of ‘Who’s Who in Science and Engineering’• 1996 National Science Foundation Director’s Award for Management Excellence• College of Engineering and Science Distinguished alumni, 2010, Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, Louisiana 

Experience

 

• 2011- Distinguished Professor and Dean and Holder of Then & Clarke Chair, School of Management, New Jersey Institute of Technology, University Heights, Newark, New Jersey

• 2007-2011 Professor of Industrial Engineering, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

• 2005-2007 Dean of NSF Academy, National Science Foundation (a US research agency), Arlington, Virginia

• 2000-2004 Dean of Engineering and Bert Turner Distinguished Professor, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

• 1996-2000 Professor & Chair, Department of Industrial & Manufacturing Systems Engineering, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa

• 1994-1996 Program Director, Operations Research and Production Systems Programs, Division of Design and Manufacturing, Engineering Directorate, The National Science Foundation, Arlington, Virginia..

• 1990-1995 Associate Professor -- Department of Industrial and Management Systems Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA.

• 1984-1990 Assistant Professor Department of Industrial and Management Systems Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA.

• 1982 - 1984 Assistant Professor Department of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research, Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York.

Affiliation

 

Board membership

• Louisiana Foundation for Excellence in Science, Technology, and Education (LaFESTE), 2003—present.• Member of Advisory Council, Office of International Science & Engineering, National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA, 2003-2005• Member of Advisory Council, Directorate for Engineering, National Science Foundation, 2000-2003.• Member of Advisory Council, Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (SBE), National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA, 2000-2003• Member of the Advisory Council, Transformation to Quality Organization Program, National Science Foundation. Arlington, VA., 1995- 1998• Member and Vice President, Academic Coalition for Intelligent Manufacturing Systems (A-CIMS), 1995 -2000• Member of Advisory Council, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Advisory Board on Staffing Standards for Air Traffic Controllers through the National Academy of Sciences, 1996-1997.

Special Assignments

• Led a delegation of 11 USA Academic Researchers, Educators, and Industrial Representatives to South Africa to explore collaboration in manufacturing education and research. The trip was funded by the National Science Foundation, Washington, DC., 1997.• Committee of Visitors (COV), International Program, National Science Foundation, 1999.• Committee of Visitors (COV), Division of Design, Manufacture, and Industrial Innovation (DMII), National Science Foundation, 2000.• Committee of Visitors (COV), Office of International Science & Engineering, 2002• Chair, Committee of Visitors (COV), Division of Design, Manufacture, and Industrial Innovation, (DMII), National Science Foundation, 2003• Director, Committee on the Development of a Blueprint for an Academic Research Funding Agency in Nigeria, Sponsored by the Nigerian Ministry of Science & Technology, Abuja, Nigeria, 2006-2007.• Committee of Visitors (COV), Division of Civil, Mechanical, and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI), National Science Foundation, 2009. 

Professional Service Activities

 

• Engineering Deans Council (EDC), American Association of Engineering Educators (ASEE) (2000-2004)• Member, Public Policy Committee (PPC) of EDC (2001-2004)• Member, Honor and Awards Committee (2002-2004)• Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE)• Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME)• (Office held: 2nd Chairman, Mid Penn Chapter 1986/87)• Chairman, Mid Penn Chapter 1988/89)• Program Chairman, Mid Penn Chapter 1989/90)• American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) (1994-2005)• INFORMS • American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE)• CIEADH (Council of Industrial Engineering Academic Department Heads) (1996-2000)• Association of American University Professors (AAUP)• Fellow, Nigerian Academy of Engineering• Fellow, Nigerian Academy of Sciences

 Journal Editorship

• Associate Editor, Journal of Manufacturing Systems (1989 - Present)• Associate Editor, Journal of Design and Manufacturing (1991 - 96)• Associate Editor, The International Journal of Flexible Automation and Integrated Manufacturing (1992 - 97)• Department Editor, Facilities Layout & Material handling, IIE Transactions (1993 - 2000).• Associate Editor, International Journal of Production Research (2008)Professional Engineering Licensure

Registered engineer in the State of Louisiana, PE #34272. 

 


Teaching Interests

 

• Supply and logistics• Production planning and control• Facilities planning and design• Material handling• Manufacturing systems• Warehousing• Mathematical programming• Statistics, and scheduling 


Research Interests

 

• Manufacturing Systems Analysis • Shop Floor Planning and Control• Automated Material Handling • Scheduling• Supply Chain Management • Computer Simulation• Applied Optimization • Enterprise Systems Modeling 

Grants

 

• IPA Assignment, PI, Amount: $519,472, PI, Source: National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA, 2005-2007• US-South Africa Graduate Students Exchange Program, PI, Amount: $52,000, Source: National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA, 1998.• US-South Africa Collaboration in Manufacturing Research and Education, PI, Amount: $84,000, Source: Source: National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA, 1997.• Layout and Material Flow System Redesign at the Coralville Facility of Rockwell International, Co-PI: R. Berger and J. Even, Amount. $39,230; Source: Rockwell International Company, Cedar Rapids, IA, 1996.• Device Independent Multi-Media Universal Interface System for Medical Information Management, Co-PI: S. Kumara, J. Ventura, C. Harmonosky, S. Joshi, and Armstrong County Hospital; Amount: $1.4 million ; Source: ARPA (Advance Research Procurement Agency); 1994-1995.• IPA Assignment, PI, Amount: $211,758, PI, Source: National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA, 1994-1996.• Cost Estimating and Production Planning at PMC (York, PA); Co-PI: P.J. Egbelu and Jose Ventura; Amount = $15000; Source: PMC of York, PA. a subsidiary of Wolf Organization of York, PA; 1993-1994.• Design of Integrated Stockless and Distribution System for the Healthcare Industry, PI, Amount: $350,000, Source: National Science Foundation, 1991-1993. 


Publications & Projects

Selected Journal Publications

• Sarker, B, Egbelu, P.J., Liao, T.W., and Yu, J., Planning and Design Models for Construction Industry: A Critical Survey, Automation in Construction, 22 (2012), pp.123-134.

• Yu, Wooyeon and Egbelu, P.J., “Scheduling of Inbound and Outbound Trucks in Cross Docking Systems with Temporary Storage,” European Journal of Operational Research, 184 (2008), pp.377-396.

• Pathumnakul, Supachai and Egbelu, P.J., ‘An Algorithm for Minimizing Weighted Earliness Penalty in Assembly Job Shops,’ International J. Production Economics, Vol.103 (2006), 230-245.

• Cho, Chiwoon and Egbelu, P.J., ‘Design of a Web-Based Integrated Material Handling System for Manufacturing Applications,’ International Journal of Production Research, Vol 43, 2 (Jan 2005), pp.375-403.

• Pathumnakul, Supachai and Egbelu, P.J., ‘Algorithm for Minimizing Weighted Earliness Penalty in Single Machine Problem,’ European Journal of Operational Research, Vol.161, No.3 (March 2005), pp.780-796.

• Liao, T.W, Egbelu, P.J., Sarker, B.R., and Leu, S.S., Metaheuristics for Project and Construction Management – a Survey, accepted for publication in Automation in Construction.

• Liao, T.W., Egbelu, P.J., and Chang, P-C., Simultaneous Assignment and Sequencing of Inbound Trucks Under a Fixed Outbound Truck Schedule in Multi-Door Cross docking Operations, International Journal of Production Economics, accepted for publications. 

Selected Proceeding Papers

Egbelu, P.J., ‘Preparing Nigerians for a Knowledge Driven Economy through Science and Engineering,’ Proceedings of the Nigerian National Order of Merit Forum, Abuja, Nigeria, December 2-4, 2008.

Egbelu, P.J., “An Analysis of the Competitiveness of the Manufacturing Sector in Africa”, Proceedings, Africa-USA Conference on Manufacturing Technology, Abuja, Nigeria, July 8-11, 2002.

• Yu, Wooyeon and Egbelu, P.J., Control of a Cross docking Operation in a Supply Chain System, Computers and Industrial Engineering Conference, Tino Island, Greece, June, 2002.

• Okogbaa, G.O. and Egbelu, P.J., Engineering Ethics, “An Imperative for Sustainable Development,” 5th Africa-USA International Conference on Manufacturing Technology, Abuja, Nigeria, July 10-14, 2000.

 

Selected Invited Presentations at Institutions, Professional Meetings, and Conference

Egbelu, P.J., Collaborative Product Development in a Supply Chain Network, Air Force Institute of Technology, Product Development Research Symposium, November 12, 2010.

Egbelu, P.J., ‘Preparing Nigeria for a Knowledge Driven Economy through Science and Engineering’, Nigerian National Order of Merit Forum, December 2-4, 2008.

Egbelu, P.J., “Logistics and Manufacturing Networks,: Keynote address, Conference on Logistics and Manufacturing, Korea University, Seoul, Korea, February 22-24, 2007.

Egbelu, P.J., “Linking Proposal Success to Understanding NSF Mission, Goals, and Programs,” Penn State University, Altoona, January 2006.

Egbelu, P.J., “The Changing Dimension of Engineering and its Impact on Career Opportunities,” Penn State University, University Park, Pennsylvania, October 2005.

• Yu, W. and Egbelu, P.J., “Crossdocking Operation in a Supply Chain System as an Instrument for Just-In-Time,” INFORMS Conference, Atlanta, GA, October 2003.

Egbelu, P.J., Control of a Cross docking Operation in a Supply Chain System, Computers and Industrial Engineering Conference, Tino Island, Greece, June, 2002.

Egbelu, P.J., “An Analysis of the Competitiveness of the Manufacturing Sector in Africa”, Africa-USA Conference on Manufacturing Technology, Abuja, Nigeria, July 8-11, 2002.

• Commencement Speaker, African-American Robing Ceremony, Spring Graduation Exercises, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, May 17, 2001.

Egbelu, P.J., Sustaining US-South Africa Collaboration in Manufacturing Research through Students and faculty Exchange Programs, 2001 National Science Foundation Design, Service, and Manufacturing Grantees and Research Conference, January 8, 2001.

Egbelu. P.J., “Product Tracking for Improved Service in a Global Supply Chain Network,” INFORMS Annual Meeting, San Antonio, Texas, November 5-8 2000.

Egbelu, P.J. and Yu, Wooyeon, “Design of Zone-Based Tandem Layout for Automated Guided Vehicle Systems,” INFORMS Annual Meeting, San Antonio, Texas, November 5-8 2000.

Egbelu, P.J., and Athikomrattanakul, Pongchai, “Pull-Based Supply Chain Allocation for Multi-Products in Multi-Echelon Distribution System,” INFORMS Annual Meeting, San Antonio, Texas, November 5-8 2000.

• Okogbaa, G.O. and Egbelu, P.J., Engineering Ethics, An Imperative for Sustainable Development, 5th Africa-USA International Conference on Manufacturing Technology, Abuja, Nigeria, July 10-14, 2000.