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Currie, Kenneth R.

A portrait of Kenneth Currie


325 ESB

Chairperson and Professor - Industrial and Management Systems Engineering


1978, BSIE (Magna Cum Laude) West Virginia University 
1986, MSIE, West Virginia University 
1988, Ph.D., West Virginia University

Ken Currie, P.E., Ph.D., is Professor & Chair of the Industrial & Management Systems Engineering Department within the Statler College of Engineering at West Virginia University. Prior to July 2014, Currie was Director of the Center for Manufacturing Research (CMR) at Tennessee Technological University, an Accomplished Center of Excellence within the State of Tennessee. He has taught numerous courses during his thirty-year academic career including Design for Manufacturability, Facilities Design, and Industrial Simulation. Prior to pursuing an academic career, Currie also held positions as an industrial engineer at ALCOA Warrick Operations and Honeywell Solid State Electronics Division. Dr. Currie has been an active researcher, serving as either Principal or Co-Principal Investigator of over $9 million in externally funded research with a client list that includes the U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, Department of Energy, National Science Foundation, Oak Ridge National Laboratories, National Center for Advanced Manufacturing, Lennox Heating & Air Conditioning, Saturn Corporation, Northrop Grumman, (ESSD), The Aerostructures Corporation, and several other smaller industries. 

Currie has also served as Associate Director of the DOE-funded Industrial Assessment Center at Tennessee Tech University, which offers energy assessments to small & medium-sized industrial clients at no cost to the industry. He has attained the following energy and energy management certifications; (1) Certified Practitioner of Energy Management Systems, Industrial; (2) Certified Practitioner for Superior Energy Performance Verification, Industrial; and (3) Qualified Specialist in AirMaster+ for compressed air systems.

Research Focus Areas

Energy Technologies
Industrial and Management Systems

Research Interests

Counter Gravity Casting of Magnesium Alloys, 
Statistical Factors Affecting Missed or Incorrect Operations, 
In-Situ, Real-Time Control of Metal Casting Processes, 
Minimizing Life Cycle Costs of Composites Through Design

Teaching Interests

Design for Manufacturability 
Operations Research 
Uncertainty in Engineering 
Facilities Design, Layout & Simulation

Service and Outreach

ABET Program Evaluator 
Former VP of Student Development for IIE

Professional Societies