Erick Jones has been named dean of the University of Nevada, Reno College of Engineering.
Jones is an internationally recognized researcher in industrial manufacturing and systems engineering. His career over the past 25 years has spanned industry, government, and academia. Jones begins his appointment on Sept. 1. He succeeds Manos Maragakis, who earlier this year announced his retirement as dean of the College of Engineering after 13 years.
Jones has been a professor and associate dean for graduate studies at the College of Engineering and the University of Texas at Arlington since 2007, during which time he has also been the George and Elizabeth Pickett endowed professor in industrial manufacturing and systems engineering.
While at UTA, Jones was on a three-year rotating detail at National Science Foundation, where he was a program director in the engineering directorate for the engineering research centers program. Earlier, he was the program director in education directorate for the division of graduate education, which led the intern and graduate research internship programs. He was also a program director for the prestigious graduate research fellowship program.
Prior to joining UTA, Jones was a faculty member at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for 8 years. Jones is internationally recognized for his pioneering work with Radio Frequency Identification technologies, Lean Six Sigma Quality Management, and autonomous inventory control. He has published more than 243 manuscripts and 3 textbooks and has garnered more than $10 million in grants and contracts. Additionally, Jones has advised 44 master’s students, 18 Ph.D. students, and sponsored 32 undergraduate research projects.
Jones is an active member of several professional and academic organizations, including International Supply Chain Education Alliance (ISCEA), Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE), American Society for Engineering Education and National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE).
Jones earned his bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Texas A&M University in 1993, and his master’s and doctoral degrees in industrial engineering from the University of Houston in 1996 and 2003.