The Institute of Industrial Engineers has announced that ISE Professor Russell King will receive the 2010 Albert G. Holzman Distinguished Educator Award, to be awarded in Cancun, Mexico in June. The award recognizes educators who have contributed significantly to the profession through teaching, research and publication, extension, innovation, or administration.
Professor King is widely regarded as an exceptional teacher. He has been voted as the most outstanding instructor by NCSU’s students a record four times (C. A. Anderson Outstanding Faculty Award, NC State University-1986, 1996, 2002, 2008), won the Alumni Association Outstanding Teacher Award for all of NC State University (1990), won the NCSU Outstanding Teacher Award- NC State University Academy of Outstanding Teachers (1990) and the Alumni Association Distinguished Graduate Professorship Award from NCSU (2008). His excellence in teaching extends to undergraduate and graduate level courses. Three of his students have placed in the top 3 in IIE’s dissertation award competition with two taking first place.
Professor King is currently Director of Graduate Programs, responsible for the administration of ISE’s degree programs, serving 190 graduate students. Concurrent with this responsibility he is the Director of the Furniture Manufacturing and Management Center. The Center, in coordination with the Department offers a concentration for industrial engineers who seek employment in the furniture industry. As the Director of Graduate Programs he has also played a major role in developing a dual Master of Industrial Engineering/Master of Business Administration program and a distance education Master of Engineering degree program (pending).
Dr. King has been a productive and innovative researcher over his career. His work in production scheduling, manufacturing cell design and the modeling/design/control of textile supply chains is particularly noteworthy. His work is well respected for its rigor, clarity, and applicability to real world problems. He has also led large research teams including three interconnected projects sponsored by Sandia National Laboratories and the National Textile Center (NTC). These projects involved 6 faculty from two colleges (Engineering and Textiles) as well as 20 students and involved innovative formulation and implementation of production control and production scheduling for the apparel retail supply chain. NTC recognized these projects collectively with its Scientific Excellence Award for the period 1992-2002.
Professor King has also served the research community through his conference presentation and papers, reviewing and editorial responsibilities. He has served as an associate editor for the Journal of Manufacturing Systems and IIE Transactions. Currently he serves as an associate editor for the Focused Issue on Design and Manufacturing for IIE Transactions. Professor King has also served the Institute on several committees, is a Fellow of IIE and currently the Chair of the Council of Fellows.