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Russ College appoints new chair of Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

Colleen Carow | Apr 30, 2018

Russ College appoints new chair of Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

Colleen Carow | Apr 30, 2018

Dennis Irwin, dean of the Russ College of Engineering and Technology, announced today the appointment of Associate Professor and Undergraduate Chair Dale Masel to chair of the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE), effective July 1. Current Chair and Russ Professor Robert Judd will return to the ISE faculty July 1 after leading the department almost twelve years.

“I look forward to Dr. Judd’s shift back to the classroom, to share with our students his decades of experience in systems engineering and engineering education,” Irwin said.

Masel will bring 20 years of teaching and research experience to his new post, including more than 16 years as undergraduate chair and five as accreditation coordinator. He has also served for 14 years as adviser to the Karol A. and Jo Ondick Engineering Ambassadors and is a past adviser of the student chapter of the Institute of Industrial Engineers. In addition, he has been an instructor for the Ohio University Learning Communities for 13 years.

“Dale possesses all of the attributes of a good leader: experience, discretion and enthusiasm. Given his outstanding service to the department as undergraduate chair and to the college as adviser to the Engineering Ambassadors, I expect he’ll continue to take the department forward into the future,” Irwin said.

Masel’s research interests are in cost estimation. Since 2000, he has co-led a research project sponsored by General Electric to improve ways to estimate manufacturing costs for jet engines, gas turbines, steam turbines and wind turbines.

He has received the Russ College’s White Departmental Research Award nine times since 2002 and the White Departmental Teaching Award five times. At the spring awards celebration earlier this month, he received the most recently awarded Russ Undergraduate Teaching Award for best teacher in the college.

“I’m very excited about the opportunity to lead ISE,” Masel said. “We have a dedicated group of faculty here, and I’m looking forward to building on the strong foundation that Dr. Judd developed during his time as chair.”

Masel was a member of the College-Industrial Council on Material Handling Education from 2004 to 2013, serving since 2010 as the co-coordinator of the organization’s material handling and logistics classroom day. He holds a B.S. from the University of Toledo, and both an M.S. and Ph.D. from Penn State University, in industrial engineering.