Super Mover: John English Named Dean of UA College of Engineering

Background: English received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and went on to receive a master’s degree in operations research from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. After earning a doctorate from Oklahoma State University, he became a faculty member at the University of Arkansas Department of Industrial Engineering and served as head of the department from 2000 to 2007. English was also the founding director of the Center for Excellence in Logistics & Distribution, a National Science Foundation Industry and University Cooperative Research Center. As director of the Genesis Technology Incubator from 1999 to 2001, English also helped small companies commercialize technological advances.

Experience: In addition to his roles in the University of Arkansas College of Engineering, English has written many academic papers and book chapters focusing on logistics and material handling. His awards include the Halliburton Research Award, the Dr. Theo Williamson Award from Integrated Manufacturing Systems and the American Society for Engineering Education’s Continuing Professional Development Best Paper award. English also is a fellow of the Institute of Industrial Engineers, a global nonprofit organization dedicated to improving quality and productivity in the engineering profession.

Position: Terry Martin has served as interim dean of the College of Engineering since July 2012. The previous dean, Ashok Saxena, served for nine years before leaving to accept the role of senior leader at a research university in India. English’s term will officially begin July 1. “I am very pleased to be welcoming John English back to Arkansas,” said Chancellor G. David Gearhart. “He’s accomplished great things both here and at Kansas State, and I know he’ll do an excellent job leading the College of Engineering into the future.”