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Epstein Department Professor Caps "an Incredible Year"

IIE honor comes on top of earlier best paper and excellence in teaching awards
eric mankin
March 21, 2008 — Massoud Dessouky will be installed as a Fellow of the Institute of Industrial Engineers at the group's annual meeting May 17 in Vancouver, BC.

Dessouky:: "a phenomenal colleague"
Dessouky is a professor in the Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, whose chair, James E. Moore II hailed the news. "Maged is a phenomenal colleague and a good friend to everyone in our Department.  I can think of nothing more appropriate than his national peers choosing to elevate him to the rank of IIE Fellow.He is a perfect fit for this special distinction."

The Fellow Award, the highest classification of IIE membership,  recognizes outstanding leaders of the profession who have made significant, nationally recognized contributions to industrial engineering. Moore offered thanks to professor Jim Wilson, immediate past chair of the Fitts Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at North Carolina State University, for organizing Maged's nomination.

" Maged has had an incredible year," continued Moore, "but recognition as an IIE Fellow tops all of it.  This past May he accepted the IIE Operations Research Division's annual national award for excellence in teaching operations research. He followed his teaching award with a best paper award for 2007 from the Institute For Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS)."

[See article on paper Bus Scheduling Algorithm Picks Up the Slack]

Continued Moore: "As if teaching and best paper awards were not enough, Maged is also serving as chair of the Viterbi School of Engineering's Appointment, Promotion, and Tenure Committee; and as a member of the Executive Committee for the National Center for Metropolitan Transportation Research <http://www.metrans.org/> (METRANS), a research center at USC and California State University Long Beach that is sponsored by the US Department of Transportation and the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans).   

"Maged is a leader in the profession too, taking early responsibility for organizing the IE Research Conference at the annual IIE Conference and Exposition, and following up with an early effort to organize the annual IIE doctoral colloquium for new PhD graduates hoping to enter academe.  He has been working for years to help take the field to the next level professionally and intellectually, and he is succeeding," Moore concluded.

A fellow is the highest classification of IIE membership. A nominee must be at least 40 years old, and a senior member of IIE for a minimum of 10 consecutive years or five continuous years, following at least five continuous years in an international IE organization that partners with IIE and represents IE in its region.  Not more than 20 fellows can be named each year. Candidates must demonstrate outstanding accomplishments in both professional career and service to industrial engineering.

Dessouky received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University in 1984 and 1987, respectively. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from the University of California at Berkeley in 1992