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Zaki Kuruppalil

Assistant Chair, Kraft Family Scholar/Associate Professor
Engineering Technology and Management
Phone: 740.593.0258

Dr. Zaki Kuruppalil is an associate professor in the Department of Engineering Technology and Management at Ohio University. He worked as a manufacturing engineer for Smiths Aerospace (currently GE Aviation), USA and Enginetics Aerospace, USA, before joining the faculty at Ohio University. He also taught at Indiana State University while pursuing his doctorate.

Research Interests: Lean Manufacturing, Agile Manufacturing, Green Plastics, Computer Numerical Control Machining

All Degrees Earned: Ph.D., Technology Management, Indiana State University, 2007. M.S., Industrial Technology, Indiana State University, 2001. B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Kerala, India, 1997.


Kuruppalil, Z (2011). Green Plastics: An Emerging Alternative for Petroleum-Based Plastics. International Journal of Engineering Research & Innovation. 3(1), 59-67.

Kuruppalil, Z (2010). Plastics Packaging: The Challenge of Going Green. Published in Conference Proceeding for First International Conference on Green & Sustainable Technology: Research & Workforce Development, Greensboro, NC, Nov 18-19, 2010 (SEC20103211).

Kuruppalil, Z (2008). Key Domains of Leanness and Agility in Job Shops. Published by International Society of Agile Manufacturing Annual Conference Kalamazoo, MI June, 2008 Conference Proceedings.

Kuruppalil, Z & Smallwood J. (2007). Partnering To Achieve Manufacturing Excellence. Published in Proceedings of the Alliance for Excellence through Engagement, Volume 1. A monograph published by Indiana State University Center for Public Service and Community Engagement.


Kraft Family Scholar, Russ College of Engineering & Technology, Since Fall 2012

Ann & Marvin D. White Teaching Award, Russ College of Engineering & Technology, Ohio University, 2011

Ann & Marvin D. White Teaching Award, Russ College of Engineering & Technology, Ohio University, 2009

Best Research Poster Presentation Award, National Association of Industrial Technology (NAIT) Annual Conference, Panama City, Florida, 2007