Faculty Profile

Jennifer A. Pazour, Ph.D.

Jennifer Pazour, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Industrial Engineering and Management Systems at the University of Central Florida. She holds three degrees in Industrial Engineering (a B.S. from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, as well as a M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Arkansas). Her research interests involve applying operations research methodologies to logistic challenges in health care, sustainable supply chains, distribution center design, and transportation. Her research has been published in leading journals including IIE Transactions, Interfaces, and Health Care Management Science. She is a past recipient of a Doctoral Dissertation Enhancement Project from the National Science Foundation, and national fellowships from Tau Beta Pi, the Institute of Industrial Engineers, and the Material Handling Education Foundation.

Petros Xanthopoulos, Ph.D.

Petros Xanthopoulos, Ph.D., joined the Industrial Engineering department in 2011. He is currently the director of the Advanced Industrial Engineering Computing Laboratory and an Assistant Professor.

He conducts research on data mining, optimization, machine learning, operations research and networks. He is currently working on a project targeted for the National Science Foundation concerned with bridging the gap between climate change, extreme events and electricity infrastructure design. He has published numerous articles in journals, including Artificial Intelligence in Medicine, IEEE Transactions of Information Technology in Biomedicine, Neuroscience Letters, and a highly accessed article in the Journal of Neuro-engineering and Rehabilitation. Dr. Xanthopoulos has co-authored three books and is in process of writing and publishing three more.

Dr. Xanthopoulos received his BS at the Technical University of Crete in Greece, and his M.S. and Ph.D. at the University of Florida. He is a member of the Institute for Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS), the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), and the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM). Dr. Xanthopoulos has been listed in the 2012 Who’s Who in Engineering Higher Education (WWEHE).

Waldemar Karwowski, Ph.D.

Waldemar Karwowski, Ph.D., D.Sc., P.E. is Professor and Chairman in the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Systems at the University of Central Florida. He holds an MS in Production Engineering and Management from the Technical University of Wroclaw, Poland, and a PhD in Industrial Engineering from Texas Tech University. He was awarded a DS. (dr habil.) degree in management science by the State Institute for Organization and Management in Industry, Poland. He also received Honorary Doctorate degrees from three European universities, South Ukrainian State Pedagogical University, Technical University of Kosice and Moscow State Institute of Radio, Electronics and Automation (MIREA Technical University). He is a Fellow in the International Ergonomics Association (IEA), Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE), Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES), and the Ergonomics Society (ES).

Dr. Karwowski is the Editor of the Human Factors and Ergonomics in Manufacturing journal, and Editor-in-Chief of Theoretical Issues in Ergonomics Science journal and the author/editor or coauthor/editor of over 400 scientific publications in the areas of human systems integration, human performance, cognitive engineering, activity theory, knowledge management, systems engineering, human-computer interaction, fuzzy logic and neuro-fuzzy modeling, applications of nonlinear dynamics to human performance, and neuroergonomics.

Dr. Karwowski’s research expertise and interests are in the areas of human systems integration, safety, complex systems, cognitive engineering, and soft computing. His research has been funded by governmental agencies and industry sources including NIOSH, NSF, ONR, USPS, Toyota, General Motors and IBM.

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