Anita Vila-Parrish

Associate Adjunct Professor

Anita Vila-Parrish is an adjunct professor in the Edward P. Fitts Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering. Previously, she worked at Dell Computers in Austin, TX as a New Product Operations Engineer. In that role she was involved in many global product launches of their notebook computers as well as extensive international travel to support development activities. During that time she received a Masters in Industrial Engineering at Texas A&M University. In 2008, she was awarded the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) dissertation grant which focused on inventory management of pharmaceuticals and patient demand modeling and in 2010 she earned her PhD in ISE from NCSU.


Ph.D. 2010

Doctor of Philosophy in Industrial Engineering

NC State University

MA 2006

Master of Arts

Duke University

MIE 2004

Master of Industrial Engineering

Texas A&M University

BS 2001

Bachelor of Science

NC State University

Research Description

Related to her teaching and advising she is interested in research engineering education topics including project-based learning in engineering design and global preparedness. Dr. Vila-Parrish continues research in inventory and production strategies for perishable products and those with short product lifecycles.

Honors and Awards

  • Outstanding New Advisor Certificate of Merit, National Academic Advising Association, 2012
  • New Faculty Advisor Award, NC State University, 2011
  • Mid-Atlantic Region Outstanding Chapter Advisor, Institute of Industrial Engineering, 2011


AC 2012-3821: Integrating project management, Lean-Six Sigma, and assessment in an industrial engineering capstone course
Vila-Parrish, A., & Raubenheimer, D. (2015), 2015 ieee conference on computer vision and pattern recognition (cvpr).
An exploratory study of global competencies considered by multinational companies: A hiring perspective
Streiner, S. C., Vila-Parrish, A. R., & Warnick, G. M. (2015), International Journal of Engineering Education, 31(5), 1239–1254.
Teaching to foster critical and creativing TH!NKing at North Carolina State University
Vila-Parrish, A., Carson, S., Moore, D., Atkinson, M., Auten, A., & Queen, S. (2015), Proceedings of 2015 International Conference on Interactive Collaborative Learning (ICL), 1117–1119.
Understanding the evolution of mathematics performance in primary education and the implications for STEM learning: A Markovian approach
Reamer, A. C., Ivy, J. S., Vila-Parrish, A. R., & Young, R. E. (2015), Computers in Human Behavior, 47, 4–17.
A simulation-based approach for inventory modeling of perishable pharmaceuticals
Vila-Parrish, A. R., Ivy, J. S., & King, R. E. (2008), 2008 Winter Simulation Conference, vols 1-5, 1532–1538.

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