White Honored by Ohio State for Work in Engineering Education

John White with David B. Williams, dean of engineering at Ohio State University.
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John White with David B. Williams, dean of engineering at Ohio State University.

John White, distinguished professor of industrial engineering and chancellor emeritus at the University of Arkansas, was honored recently with a Distinguished Alumni Award from the College of Engineering Education at Ohio State University.

An alumni of Ohio State's doctoral program, White was honored for his contributions to the advancement of engineering education.

The recognition marks the second Distinguished Alumni Award White has received from OSU. The first, in 1981, was from the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering.

The Distinguished Alumni Awards were established by the faculty of the College of Engineering at Ohio State University to recognize distinguished achievement on the part of alumni in the field of engineering or architecture by reason of significant inventions, important research or design, administrative leadership or genius in production.

A member of the National Academy of Engineering, White has held professorial appointments at Virginia Tech (1970-75), Georgia Tech (1975-97) and the University of Arkansas (1997 to present).

He served as assistant director for engineering at the National Science Foundation from 1988 to 1991, dean of engineering at Georgia Tech from 1991 to 1997, and chancellor of the University of Arkansas from 1997 to 2008.

White served two terms on the National Science Board. Additionally, he was president and director of the Foundation for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, president of the Institute of Industrial Engineers, chairman of the American Association of Engineering Societies and president of the National GEM Consortium.

His numerous recognitions include NSF's Distinguished Service Award, ASEE's National Engineering Economy Teaching Excellence Award, the University of Arkansas' Distinguished Alumnus Award and Georgia Tech's Teacher of the Year.

White received a bachelor's from the University of Arkansas, master's from Virginia Tech and doctorate from Ohio State, all in industrial engineering. He holds honorary doctorates from the Katholieke Universitiet of Leuven in Belgium and George Washington University.


Tamara Ellenbecker, website designer
Industrial Engineering
479-575-3157, tellenbe@uark.edu

Nick DeMoss, director of communications
College of Engineering
479-575-5697, ndemoss@uark.edu


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