Tech Selects William B. Rouse to Chair Industrial and Systems Engineering

Barbara Christopher
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The Georgia Institute of Technology has selected William B. Rouse, an accomplished entrepreneur, author and academician, to chair the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering. He begins Oct. 1.
Rouse takes over for John Jarvis, who earlier this year announced his intention to resign after 33 years at Georgia Tech, including 12 years as chair of Industrial and Systems Engineering.
"I am delighted to have been selected to lead the school and I look forward to working with the faculty, staff, students, and alumni," Rouse said. "The school is excellently positioned" thanks to John Jarvis and many others "to further enhance its preeminent position in the field and provide increasing value to Georgia, the nation, and beyond."

Rouse has more than 30 years of experience in engineering, management and marketing related to individual and organizational performance, decision-support systems, and information systems. In these areas, he has consulted with more than 100 large and small enterprises in the private, public, and non-profit sectors. His expertise includes individual and organizational decision making and problem solving, as well as design of organizations and information systems.
Rouse has been CEO of Atlanta-based Enterprise Support Systems, which provides software solutions, consulting services, and training in the areas of strategic planning, market/product planning, and organizational change.

From 1981 to 1988, Rouse was a professor at Georgia Tech. In 1988, he became an adjunct professor and has held that position until the present. Rouse founded the Center for Man-Machine Systems Research at Tech and was its director between 1981-85. He also has held faculty positions and visiting appointments at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands; and Tufts University. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Rhode Island and his S.M. and Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Rouse is the author of hundreds of articles, book chapters and books. Most recently he wrote Essential Challenges of Strategic Management (Wiley, 2001). He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and a fellow of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.

"We are pleased to have such an individual with as strong a background as William Rouse to serve as the new chair of the school," said J. Narl Davidson, interim dean of the College of Engineering. "His leadership abilities and remarkable background in engineering make him a fine addition to the team."

Jarvis said he plans to continue working on behalf of Georgia Tech in some capacity, but hasn't yet decided what that role will be.
"I am proud to have been a small part of the school's distinguished history," Jarvis said. "I loved every minute of my stay and will always have a fondness in my heart for ISyE, Engineering and Tech."

Georgia Tech's School of Industrial and Systems Engineering maintains a powerful national stature. U.S. News & World Report has ranked the graduate program in Industrial and Systems Engineering as number one in the country for 11 years in a row.

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  • Created On: Jul 25, 2001 - 8:00pm
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