Industrial engineering professor named outstanding alumnus by alma materPosted on May 3, 2022
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Soundar Kumara, Allen E. Pearce and Allen M. Pearce Professor of Industrial Engineering at Penn State, received a 2021 Outstanding Industrial Engineering Alumni Award from his alma mater, Purdue University’s School of Industrial Engineering. This award is given to Purdue University industrial engineering alumni that have demonstrated exemplary achievement and leadership throughout their career, according to Purdue University’s website. Kumara received his doctorate in industrial engineering from Purdue University in 1985.
Kumara is the interim director of the Penn State Center for Applications of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to Industry. He has received numerous awards throughout his career. Most recently, he was named one of the 20 Most Influential Academics in Smart Manufacturing by SME, formerly known as the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, and he received the David F. Baker Distinguished Research Award from the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers. His research focuses on the applications of artificial intelligence and machine learning in manufacturing, health care, sensor-based process monitoring, real-time data analytics in complex systems and graph analytics.