Kenneth Currie, professor of industrial and management systems engineering at West Virginia University, has been reappointed to his administrative post as chair of the department for a five-year term.
“The next five years will be truly transformative for the department as the projected turnover of personnel through retirements will result in significant challenges and opportunities,” Currie said. “The key objective will be to maintain those legacy characteristics of the department — excellence in teaching, student-centered focus in advising and mentoring, professionally prepared and capable graduates — while expanding research in a strategic and focused manner.”
As detailed in his five-year review, Currie has been a fierce advocate for students and faculty. Moving forward he hopes to expand on the recently upgraded advanced manufacturing labs by adding state of the art equipment. In addition, Currie will explore adding more online courses as well as online master’s programs.
“It is humbling to have the support of the administration, peers, faculty, students and alumni,” Currie said. “Honestly, the accomplishments of the department and its stakeholders are testament to the work ethic and cooperation of everyone. My hope is that I can be that servant leader to help reach the common goals that we share.”
An active researcher, Currie has served as either principal or co-principal investigator of over $9 million in externally funded research, with clients ranging from private industry to government agencies.
In 2016, Currie received the highest classification given to members of the Institute of Industrial Systems Engineering, the Fellow Award, which recognizes outstanding leaders in the profession who have made significant, nationally recognized contributions to industrial engineering.
Department chairs are reviewed every five years by the dean of the College. Evaluations include input from faculty members, staff, students and other constituents.
Currie’s reappointment was made effective on July 1, 2019 by Dean Emeritus Gene Cilento.
Author: Olivia Miller
Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources
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