Short Bio – Dr. José L. Zayas-Castro

Dr. José L. Zayas-Castro is Professor and Associate Dean for Research, College of Engineering at the University of South Florida (USF) in Tampa. For nine and half years he was Chairperson of the Department of Industrial & Management Systems Engineering at the USF. Prior to these appointments he was Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Industrial & Manufacturing Systems Engineering at the University of Missouri-Columbia (MU). For sixteen years he taught at the Department of Industrial Engineering at University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez (UPRM), where he served as department head between 1987 and 1990 and as Associate Dean for Academic and Research Affairs of the College of Engineering between 1995 and 1998. He has led initiatives to stimulate interdisciplinary research, education and industrial collaboration within UPRM, MU, USF, and with other institutions in the U.S. and Latin America. Dr. Zayas-Castro has led various initiatives to increase the diversity among the student body and faculty hires in engineering and other disciplines. He has done extensive work with private and governmental organizations, including small businesses, service organizations and major corporations such as Johnson & Johnson, Baxter, Cutler- Hammer/Westinghouse, Hewlett Packard, Hanes, and Citibank.

Dr. Zayas-Castro has a B.S. in IE from UPRM and M.S. in Management & Industrial Engineering, MBA, and Ph.D. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. His interests relate to statistical process control, applied modeling, systems integration, business and R & D strategy, innovation and entrepreneurship, cost analysis, technology transfer, assessment, healthcare systems and healthcare delivery, and innovation in engineering education. Dr. Zayas-Castro recent research has emphasized the re- design of processes and products, re-engineering the service sector, particularly healthcare, and the integration of research and engineering education. Examples of these efforts are: reengineering and modeling healthcare operational systems in healthcare systems, e.g., hospitals and clinics, healthcare decision making in outpatient and inpatient processes, re-engineering of Graduate Medical Education, decision tools for the classification and diagnostic of prostate cancer, product and process deve opments in medical devices and bio-medical businesses, and the extension and adaptation of the Learning Factory using small scale technology.

Dr. Zayas-Castro participates in various advisory and review committees in the National Science Foundation. During his career he has been associated to more than $9 million in external funding. Dr. Zayas-Castro has more than 40 publications and over 60 presentations. Among several awards Dr. Zayas-Castro received the 2009 INFORMS Moving Spirit Award. He is the advisor for USF-Informs Chapter. USF Chapter and several of its student leaders have been recognized by INFORMS over the past few years. In 2009 Dr. Zayas-Castro received John L. Imhoff Global Excellence Award for Industrial Engineering Education from the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). The latter award recognizes an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the industrial engineering discipline, who exemplifies the highest standards of the professorate in industrial engineering, and has demonstrated global cooperation and understanding through leadership and other initiatives. On February 2006 he was the co-recipient of the National Academy of Engineering's "Bernard M. Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education," and on October 2006 HENAAC (Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Corporation) awarded him the 2006 HENAAC Education Award – University.

Dr. Zayas-Castro is a Fellow of IIE, 2005-2007 Sr. VP for International and past Chair of the Council for Industrial Engineering Academic Department Heads (CIEADH). He is also a member of INFORMS, Alpha Pi Mu, ASEE, SME, SHPE, NSBE and IEEE.