NSF program director to talk on research in service, manufacturing enterprises

Published: Feb 27, 2009 7:33:00 AM
Media Contact: Sally Credille, src0007@auburn.edu, 334.844.3447

Cerry M. Klein, program director with the National Science Foundation (NSF), will present "Shaking the Money Tree at the National Science Foundation: Research in Service and Manufacturing Enterprises" on Wednesday, Feb. 25, at 2 p.m. in 3210 Shelby Center. His presentation is hosted by Auburn University's Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering.

Klein will discuss NSF efforts and funding opportunities for the service and manufacturing fields. Research in understanding and promoting these two key areas is essential to the continued growth of the economy, as well as the understanding of how these sectors distinctly operate, interact and complement each other. Additionally, Klein will discuss the future of the manufacturing and service industries.

The Lapierre Professor and past chair of the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering at the University of Missouri, Klein is the program director for the Service Enterprise Systems program and the Manufacturing Enterprise Systems program at the NSF. His research areas include health care, logistics, entrepreneurship, nonlinear and linear integer programming, dynamic programming, network optimization, multi-criteria and multi-attribute decision making and scheduling.

Klein has been involved in educational research involving freshman retention and the vertical integration of material; the development of K-12 teachers' expertise in science and mathematics; and the development of introducing entrepreneurship across the engineering curriculum. He has received funding from industrial and government institutions, including the NSF, Office of Naval Research, Kauffman Foundation, Department of Education, Society of Manufacturing Engineers, McDonnell Douglas, Union Electric, Missouri Department of Transportation and Unilever. He received his bachelor's degree in mathematics from Northwest Missouri State University and master's and doctoral degrees from Purdue University.

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