Mahmoud Ayoub

Professor Emeritus

Mahmoud A. Ayoub is a professor emeritus of industrial engineering at North Carolina State University. He taught and conducted research in ergonomics and occupational safety, areas in which he has published widely. He is a member of many professional societies, such as Alpha Pi Mu and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies. Ayoub is listed in numerous Who’s Whos, including Who’s Who in the World.
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Research Interests

In his research, Dr. Ayoub blended engineering, medicine, operations research, and computer science in an integrated approach to study the multifaceted problems typical of ergonomics and societal systems. He was quite successful in attracting external funding in support of his research programs and received the top research awards from his major professional societies. His research encompasses three major problem areas:

  1. Ergonomics of cumulative trauma disorders
  2. Safety and risk management
  3. Job design/job restructuring

For each of his research projects, he involved several graduate students and faculty members from within and outside the NC State College of Engineering and the UNC School of Medicine, as well as physicians and industrial engineers from industry. Results and findings of his research programs were presented to the scientific community through the open literature and via technical reports and monographs that are distributed to many active research groups and centers in the United States and abroad.

Honors and Awards

  • Fellow, Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers
  • Founding Director, The Ergonomics Center of North Carolina
  • 1994 | Founder, North Carolina Ergonomics Resource Center
  • 1988 | Jack A. Kraft Award for Innovative Research in Human Factors, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
  • 1987 | Dr. David Baker Distinguished Research Award, Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers
  • 1987 | Outstanding Teacher Award, NC State University
  • 1985 | C.A. Anderson Outstanding Faculty Award, ISE Department at NC State University
  • 1980 | Phil Carroll Award for Outstanding Achievement in Work Measurement, Institute of Industrial Engineers



Ph.D.Doctor of Philosophy in Industrial EngineeringTexas Tech University1971
MSIEMasters of Science in Industrial EngineeringTexas Tech University1969
BSCEBachelor of Science in Civil EngineeringCairo University1964

Mahmoud Ayoub