Dr. Russell E. King, professor in the Edward P. Fitts Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at North Carolina State University, has been awarded the NC State Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professorship for 2010-11.
Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professorships are some of the most prestigious undergraduate recognitions given on campus for outstanding undergraduate instruction. King, who is being recognized for his extended service as an outstanding teacher at NC State, will be honored at the Alumni Association’s awards ceremony. He will also be recognized in the spring commencement program and receive a stipend of $3,000.
King is director of the Furniture Manufacturing and Management Center and has also served as director of graduate programs in his department. During his time as director of graduate programs, King played a major role in developing a dual master of industrial engineering/master of business administration program and a distance education master of engineering degree program.
King’s research interests involve production scheduling, sourcing and supply chain inventory optimization under uncertainty, and design and control of manufacturing/remanufacturing and recovery systems. He has also led large research teams including three interconnected projects sponsored by Sandia National Laboratories and the National Textile Center (NTC). NTC recognized these projects collectively with its Scientific Excellence Award for the period 1992–2002.
Among his many honors, King has received the NC State Alumni Association Distinguished Graduate Professorship Award, the NC State Outstanding Teacher Award, the George H. Blessis Outstanding Undergraduate Advisor Award, and the Alcoa Foundation Engineering Research Achievement Award.
He received his bachelor’s degree in systems engineering in 1980, his master’s degree in industrial engineering in 1982 and his doctoral degree in industrial engineering in 1986, all from the University of Florida. He joined the faculty at NC State in 1985.