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### Elected to Lead International Engineering Institute: Graduate School Dean’s Achievement

Feb. 22, 2024

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Ed Pohl, who currently holds the position of Dean of the Graduate School & International Education, has been chosen as the senior vice-president for academics at the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE). He will officially join the Board of Trustees in March.

The IISE stands out as the world’s largest professional society exclusively dedicated to supporting the industrial engineering profession. This international nonprofit association plays a key role in providing guidance for the application, education, training, research, and development of industrial and systems engineering.

Upon receiving the news, Chase Rainwater, the head of [ppp2], expressed his thoughts, stating, “Dr. Pohl is a distinguished leader in the industrial and systems engineering community. IISE is privileged to welcome him as its newest vice president. His appointment upholds the University of Arkansas’ longstanding legacy of leadership within this organization.”

Expressing his gratitude, Pohl remarked, “I am privileged to have been selected to serve as the senior vice president for the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers. I am excited to collaborate with the IISE leadership team and other stakeholders to advance the field of industrial engineering on both national and international fronts.”

Pohl assumed the role of Dean of the Graduate School and International Education in June 2023, following his tenure as the head of the Department of Industrial Engineering in the College of Engineering from 2014 to 2023. Before that, he led the Master of Science in Operations Management online degree program for seven years.

His professional journey includes 21 years of service in the United States Air Force, where he held various engineering, operations analysis, and academic positions. His past roles encompass serving as the deputy director of the Operations Research Center at the United States Military Academy, an operations analyst in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and a munitions logistics manager at the Air Force Operational Test Center.

Educationally, Pohl earned his Ph.D. in systems and industrial engineering from the University of Arizona. He also holds multiple master’s degrees, including an M.S. in systems engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology, an M.S. in reliability engineering from the University of Arizona, an M.S. in engineering management from the University of Dayton, and a B.S. in electrical engineering from Boston University.

Recognized for his contributions, Pohl was elected as a fellow of IISE in 2014 and holds fellowships with the American Society for Engineering Management and the Society of Reliability Engineers. Additionally, he is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the American Society for Quality. Pohl is also a Diplomate in the Society of Health Systems and a member of various professional organizations including the International Council on Systems Engineering, the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences, and the Association for Health Care Resource & Materials Management.

Throughout his career, Pohl has received numerous accolades and awards, both in the military and academic spheres, including the prestigious J. Steinhardt Prize for lifetime achievement in military operations research.