Dr. Smith is an assistant professor of engineering in the College of Engineering and Technology at East Carolina University. Dr. Smith’s research focuses on developing and applying operations research and applied statistics methods to provide model-based, implementable solutions for complex systems. His work encompasses simulation modeling and optimization methodologies with applications to healthcare, public health, supply chain, information systems, logistics, sustainability, and other industrial and service systems. Dr. Smith earned his PhD in industrial and systems engineering from North Carolina State University.
Henry D. Lester is an Assistant Professor of Systems Engineering at the University of South Alabama. Prior to entering academia, Dr. Lester retired from the U.S. Army where he had the opportunity to serve in a variety of technical, operational, and leadership positions. He holds a Ph.D. & M.S. in Civil Engineering (University of Alabama), M.S. in Applied Statistics (University of Alabama), M.S. in Operations Management (University of Arkansas), and a B.S. in Aeronautics (Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University). He has developed and/or taught courses in systems engineering, systems modeling & simulation, integration, testing, & evaluation, production systems engineering, construction engineering, engineering economics, engineering probability & statistics, project engineering, engineering optimization, risk & failure analysis, reliability engineering, and engineering research methods. His current research interest includes modeling, analysis, and optimization of complex operational systems and infrastructures susceptible to disruptions.
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