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### Welcoming a New Director to Operations and Engineering Management Master’s Programs

Feb. 23, 2024

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David Paulus and Greg Parnell

The [ppp1] programs are pleased to announce a change in leadership. After a decade as director, Greg Parnell will be stepping down, and David Paulus will assume the role of director in May.

Since 1974, the program has evolved significantly to become the largest online master’s program at the [ppp2]. Boasting over 6,000 graduates, the program is set to commemorate its 50th anniversary this spring. Originating in 2017, it now ranks as the fifth largest graduate program on campus.

Chase Rainwater, the head of the [ppp3], which oversees the programs, expressed his confidence in the transition in his staff announcement.

“I am certain that David will uphold the exceptional standards set by Dr. Greg Parnell and Dr. Ed Pohl over the past 15 years,” Rainwater remarked.

Pohl, the former head of industrial engineering and previous director of operations management and engineering management, currently serves as the dean of the [ppp4].

Paulus, who joined the U of A in autumn 2023 as a professor of practice in industrial engineering, currently co-directs the Operations Management and Engineering Management graduate programs.

Paulus obtained his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and his master’s degree in industrial engineering from the University of Tennessee. He completed his doctorate in mechanical engineering at Colorado State University. Before his tenure in Fayetteville, he held positions as an assistant and associate professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith and as an associate professor in the engineering and technology management online master’s degree program at Washington State University.

His doctoral research focuses on developing a computer-controlled resistance exercise system to mitigate the adverse physiological effects of space travel, such as bone density loss and muscle atrophy. His work has been supported by the Arkansas Space Grant Consortium and NASA funding through Phase I, II, and III Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) with Streamline Automation in Huntsville, Alabama.

Paulus is a licensed professional engineer in Arkansas, a Certified Professional in Engineering Management, and a Certified Human Factors Engineering Professional. Since 2012, he has served as an engineering consultant for Paulus Consulting LLC, specializing in industrial and mechanical engineering, human factors, and intellectual property.

Paulus is happily married to his wife, Heather, and they have three children: Emma, Luke, and Julia.

Parnell will aid in the leadership transition process, and a tribute celebrating his tenure as director will be held before the conclusion of the spring semester.

About the Department of Industrial Engineering: Established in 1950 by a visionary department head who recognized the global significance of industrial engineering, the Department of Industrial Engineering at the University of Arkansas now accommodates over 200 undergraduate students and more than 40 doctoral and master’s students. Additionally, the department offers three online master’s degrees: Master of Science in Operations Management, Master of Science in Engineering Management, and Master of Science in Operations Analytics. These programs collectively enroll over 600 students annually. For further information about the Department of Industrial Engineering, please visit our [ppp5].