May 5, 2020
A Mississippi State engineering faculty member has been elected to lead a division within the world’s largest industrial engineering professional society.
Linkan Bian, who holds the Thomas B. & Terri L. Nusz Professorship in industrial & systems engineering, will serve as president-elect for the Quality Control and Reliability Engineering division of the Institute of Industrial & Systems Engineers for 2020-2021. He will take the reins as president in 2021-2022 and will remain on the board in 2022-2023 as the immediate past president.
“The IISE/QCRE division serves those who solve critical quality and reliability engineering problems of the world,” Bian said. “I’m humbled and honored that my peers have elected me to serve as President-Elect of this prestigious organization that has given me so much. I’m looking forward to serving the community and providing opportunities to foster, recognize and share innovations at the forefront of QCRE.”
Bian has been heavily involved with the QCRE, having served as a board member for the past two years. Members of the division are involved in quality management, quality measurement and assurance, quality control analysis, inspection criteria and reliability/maintainability of products or services.
Bian was recently elected to the Bagley College of Engineering’s Academy of Distinguished Teachers and was chosen as the college’s outstanding researcher in 2019. Additionally, he received the Outstanding Young Investigator Award from the IISE Manufacturing and Design division, as well as multiple Best Paper Awards from IISE and serves as an Associate Editor for IISE Transactions on Design and Manufacturing.
Bian is also part of an interdisciplinary team at Mississippi State that is using 3D printers and office supplies to produce face shields for medical personnel in the state.
Mississippi State University is Mississippi’s leading university, available online at www.msstate.edu.
By Philip Allison