Louis Martin-Vega


Louis Martin-Vega has returned to his roots as an educator of industrial and systems engineering after being the dean of engineering at NC State University. He came to NC State in 2006 after spending five years as dean of engineering at the University of South Florida. He has also held several prestigious positions at NSF, including acting head of its Engineering Directorate and director of NSF’s Division of Design, Manufacture and Industrial Innovation. Additionally, he has served as chairman of the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering at Lehigh University and Lockheed Professor in the College of Engineering at Florida Institute of Technology. He has also held tenured faculty positions at the University of Florida and the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez. He is the author or co-author of more than 100 journal articles, book chapters and other publications and has made more than 200 keynote and related presentations at national and international forums.

Research Interests

His research and teaching interests are in production and manufacturing systems, logistics and distribution, operations management and engineering education. His work has been supported by NSF, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the US Air Force, Harris Semiconductor and Hewlett-Packard, among other sources. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) and a member of INFORMS, ASEE, Tau Beta Pi, Alpha Pi Mu and Sigma Xi.

Awards and Honors

  • 2021 | Member, National Academy of Engineering
  • 2020 | Member, National Research Council’s Standing Committee
  • 2020 | Chair, Advisory Committee, NSF
  • 2016 – 2017 | President, American Society for Engineering Education
  • 2014 | 50 Most Influential Hispanics in the U.S., Hispanic Business Magazine
  • 2013-2015 | Chair, ASEE Deans Council Executive Board
  • 2012 | Frank and Lillian Gilbreth Industrial Engineering Award, IISE
  • 2011 | Hall of Fame, HENAAC
  • 2010 | UPS Award for Minority Advancement in Industrial Engineering, IISE
  • 2009 | Industrial and Systems Engineering Alumni Leadership Award, University of Florida
  • 2008 | Outstanding Engineer in North Carolina, North Carolina Society of Engineers
  • 2007 – 2008 | President, IISE
  • 2007 | National Hispanic Scientist Award, Tampa Museum of Science and Industry
  • 2002 | Inductee, Pan American Academy of Engineering
  • 2000 | Hispanic Engineering National Achievement Award, HENAAC
  • 1999 | Albert Holzman Distinguished Educator Award, IISE


Ph.D.Doctor of Philosophy in Industrial and Systems EngineeringUniversity of Florida
MEMaster of EngineeringUniversity of Florida
MSORMaster of Science in Operations ResearchNew York University
BSIEBachelor of Science in Industrial EngineeringUniversity of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez

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