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Jones Named Associate Dean for Graduate Studies

Friday, June 16, 2017

Erick Jones, a professor in the Industrial, Manufacturing and Systems Engineering Department, has been named the College of Engineering’s new associate dean for graduate studies, effective September 1.

Erick JonesJones’ primary duties will include assisting in the development of new graduate programs including distance delivery of these; coordinating the recruitment and retention of engineering graduate students; overseeing the reporting of graduate program statistics and trends: managing space assignments in the College; managing the College wide improvement of graduate student processes; and promoting the expansion of relationships with international institutions with a focus on graduate student recruitment.

 “I am pleased to take on this new role in the College of Engineering, and I look forward to being able to make an impact on how the College faces the challenges of the future,” Jones said. “I will draw upon my experiences in the Industrial, Manufacturing and Systems Engineering Department and at the National Science Foundation to positively impact the lives of our students and the operations of the College.”

Jones joined UTA in 2010 after eight years at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, where he rose to the rank of associate professor. He is George and Elizabeth Pickett Endowed Professor of Industrial, Manufacturing and Systems Engineering and served as deputy director of UTA’s SAVANT (Security Advances via Nanotechnologies) Center from 2013-15. 

He is internationally recognized for this pioneering work with RFID technologies, Lean Six Sigma Quality Management, and autonomous inventory control. He has published more than 165 manuscripts and three textbooks, and has garnered more than $9 million in grants and contracts. Additionally, Jones has advised 34 master’s students, 16 Ph.D. students, and sponsored 32 undergraduate research projects. 

Since 2015, Jones has served as a rotating program director for the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program, the Graduate Research Internship Program, and the Workforce Strand of the Education Core Research Program in the Education and Human Resources Directorate in Arlington, Virginia. He is on detail as a program director for the Engineering Research Centers in the Engineering Directorate until August. 

Jones’ work with the NSF will serve him well in his new role, according to Peter Crouch, dean of the College of Engineering. “Erick has made many contributions to the College of Engineering over the years, and I know that his hard work will continue as associate dean for graduate studies,” Crouch said. “During his time at the NSF, he worked with dozens of outstanding graduate students from all over the United States, and I expect that the knowledge that he gained in that arena will benefit UTA as we continue to recruit the best and brightest graduate students.”  

Jones was featured on the cover of the National Action Council on Minorities in Education’s 2015 annual report. Additionally, he is an Alfred P. Sloan Minority Ph.D. Scholar and a William J. Fulbright Specialist Fellow. He earned his bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Texas A&M University and his master’s and doctoral degrees in industrial engineering from the University of Houston.