Richard A. Wysk is the Dopaco Distinguished Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering at North Carolina State University and Professor Emeritus of Industrial Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University. He received his B.S.(1972) and M.S.(1973) in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from the University of Massachusetts and Ph.D.(1977) in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University. He has also served on the faculties of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Texas A&M University where he held the Royce Wisenbaker Chair in Innovation and The Pennsylvania State University where he held the William Leonhard Chair in Engineering.
Dr. Wysk's research and teaching interests are in the general area of Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM). In particular, he is interested in Lean Manufacturing, Computer-Aided Process Planning and Flexible Manufacturing Systems (FMSs) planning, design and control. Dr. Wysk has coauthored seven books including Computer-Aided Manufacturing, with T.C. Chang and H.P. Wang -- the 1991 IIE Book of the Year and the 1991 SME Eugene Merchant Book of the Year. He has also published more than 150 technical papers in the open-literature in journals including the Transactions of ASME, the Transactions of IEEE and the IIE Transactions. Dr. Wysk is an IIE Fellow, a Fellow of SME, a member of Sigma Xi, and a member of Alpha Pi Mu and Tau Beta Pi. He is the recipient of the IIE Region III Award for Excellence (1982), the SME Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award (1981) and the David F. Baker IIE Distinguished Research Award (1993). He also received the Army Bronze Star, and two Army Commendation Medals for his service in Vietnam. Dr. Wysk has served as the Editor-and-Chief of SME Journals and is an associate editor for six engineering journals. He has held engineering positions with General Electric and Caterpillar Tractor Company.