Alumni Awards

Distinguished Alumni Award

The ISE Distinguished Alumni Award is presented to graduates of the department who have distinguished themselves professionally, made significant contributions to society and through their achievements, have reflected credit on Lehigh University. The ISE Distinguished Alumni Award maybe given for exceptional achievements in industry and in academia.

Recipients are selected by members of the ISE faculty and the department’s Advisory Council.


Sunil A. Misser
CEO of AccountAbility
Sunil Misser

Sunil (Sunny) A. Misser is the Chief Executive Officer of AccountAbility. Previously, Mr. Misser served as Chairman of AccountAbility, and led its Advisory Services arm. Prior to joining AccountAbility, Mr. Misser was Global Managing Partner of the Sustainability Advisory Business at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). Before that, he was Global Strategy Leader for PwC's Assurance and Business Advisory Services -- the firm's accounting, risk management, and consulting operation. He also served as the New York Metro leader for the Governance, Risk and Compliance practice. During his career, Mr. Misser has been a strategic business advisor to CEOs and senior executives at Fortune 500 companies and multi-lateral organizations (MLOs).

Mr. Misser has extensive experience working with global clients, developing and implementing solutions in the areas of strategy, structure, process, people, and systems; improving the efficiency and effectiveness of global value chains; designing and implementing enterprise-wide performance improvement solutions; and managing complex business transformations. His clients have included: Abbott Laboratories, Merck, Pfizer, Nestle, Anheuser Busch, UBS, Citigroup, Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority, ConocoPhillips, Cinergy Duke, Saudi Aramco, Kodak, Seagram, Microsoft, Mobily, International Copper Association, National Institute of Standards and Technology, World Economic Forum, and The United Nations.

Previously, Mr. Misser worked in industry in operations and advanced manufacturing with Mars, Inc. and Honeywell. He holds an M.S. in Management from the MIT/Sloan School of Management with a concentration in International Business and Technology. He also has an M.S. in Industrial Engineering from Lehigh University and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Maharaja Sayajirao University in India. Mr. Misser served on the advisory board of E-Business at MIT/Sloan and the advisory board for Innovation and Corporate Responsibility at MIT/Sloan. In addition, he has served as an advisor on the strategy and consulting track at the MIT Sloan School of Management. During his career at PwC, Mr. Misser led a team that published the book: Corporate Responsibility – Strategy, Management and Value. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and is often quoted in media such as Fortune, Financial Times, New York Times, New York Stock Exchange Quarterly, Forbes, Dow Jones Interactive, Global Finance and Internal Auditor's Magazine.


Ronald G. Askin '75
2016 ISE Distinguished Alumni Award in Academia
Professor of Industrial Engineering and Director of the School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering at Arizona State University

Ronald G. Askin, Ph.D., is a Professor of Industrial Engineering and Director of the School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering at Arizona State University. Dr. Askin received a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Lehigh University and an M.S. in Operations Research and a PhD in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology. He has over 30 years of experience in the development, teaching and application of methods for systems design and analysis with particular emphasis on production and material flow systems.

Dr. Askin is a Fellow of the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) and Editor-in-Chief of IIE Transactions. He also serves on the INFORMS Board of Directors and has previously served on the IIE Board of Trustees, as President of the IIE Council of Fellows, Chair of the INFORMS Manufacturing and Service Operations Management Society, Chair of the Council of Industrial Engineering Academic Department Heads (CIEADH) and Chair of the Association of Chairs of Operations Research Departments (ACORD).
Dr. Askin has published over 120 journal and conference papers and presented invited Keynote Addresses on four continents.

His list of awards includes a National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award, the Shingo Prize for Excellence in Manufacturing Research, IIE Joint Publishers Book of the Year Award (twice), IIE Transactions on Design and Manufacturing Best Paper Award (twice), the Eugene L. Grant best paper award from The Engineering Economist, and the IIE Transactions Development and Applications Award. Web Site: http://cidse.engineering.asu.edu/directory/askin-ronald/


Richard R. Verma ’90
2016 ISE Distinguished Alumni Award in Industry
U.S. Ambassador to India

Richard Verma serves as the 25th United States Ambassador to India. He was nominated by President Obama on September 18th, 2014, and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate and sworn in by Secretary of State John Kerry in December 2014. Ambassador Verma oversees one of the largest U.S. Missions in the world, including four consulates across India and nearly every agency of the U.S. government.

As a former Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs in the Obama Administration, he led the State Department’s efforts on Capitol Hill and served as a senior member of Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton’s team.

Ambassador Verma previously worked in the Senate as the Senior National Security Advisor to the Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid. He also worked in the House of Representatives for longtime Chairman of the Defense Appropriations Committee, Jack Murtha. He is veteran of the U.S. Air Force, where he served on active duty as a Judge Advocate. Rich was also a country director for the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs in Eastern Europe.

The Ambassador has a distinguished career in the private sector, serving as partner at the global law firm of Steptoe & Johnson LLP, and as Senior Counselor to the Albright Stonebridge Group. His practice focused on international law and regulatory issues, with a specialization in Asia and emerging markets. Ambassador Verma was also a Senior National Security Fellow at the Center for American Progress, a Washington DC-based think tank.

In 2008, he was appointed a Commissioner to the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction and Terrorism Commission chaired by Senators Graham and Talent. He is a co-author of their landmark report, "World at Risk." The Ambassador is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and served on the Boards of the Clinton Foundation, the National Democratic Institute, and Human Rights First. He also was a member of the Secretary of State’s Foreign Affairs Policy Board from 2011 to 2014.

Ambassador Verma is the recipient of the State Department's Distinguished Service Award, the Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellowship, and was ranked by India Abroad as one of the 50 most influential Indian Americans. His military decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal and Air Force Commendation Medal. Ambassador Verma holds degrees from the Georgetown University Law Center (LLM), American University's Washington College of Law (JD), and Lehigh University (BS).


Andy Greenwalt
2015 ISE Distinguished Alumni Award for Achievements in Industry
Vice President and Group CIO, Dell (retired)

Andy Greenawalt retired from Dell Computer Corporation in September 2000 after a successful 24-year career in Information Technology. He served for over seven years in various capacities as Vice President and Group CIO at Dell.  During this time, he managed their worldwide computing and network services, provided the environment supporting critical corporate and customer facing applications, and grew their computing and communications infrastructure through a period of 10x corporate growth.

From 1991 to 1993 he was Vice President, Processing Services at the Continuum Company in Austin, TX (now CSC Financial Services), where he acted as CIO and managed the delivery of outsourcing services to external clients. His IT career began in 1976 with Air Products and Chemicals in Allentown, PA, where he served for 15 years in several different IT and general management roles including leading their IT training and technical support functions, managing their European computing and telecommunications networks, and guiding their corporate planning process.

Andy received an M.S. in Industrial Engineering from Lehigh University in 1976 and a B.S. in Mathematics from Millersville University in 1973, both with honors. He was born and raised in Pennsylvania, and currently resides in Austin, Texas, with his wife of 41 years. Peggy is a retired teacher, current church librarian and community volunteer, and has an M.S. in Reading Education from Lehigh and a B.S. in Elementary Education and Library Science from Millersville. They have two children. Their married son, Danny, who is an honors IBE graduate from Lehigh University (‘04, ‘05), is currently working for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in Columbus, Ohio, and is about to enter Ohio State’s MBA program. Their married daughter, Chrissy, who graduated with honors in Human and Organizational Development from Vanderbilt University, also has a M.A. in Christian Counseling from Houston Baptist University, and currently lives in Austin. Andy and Peggy have five grandchildren.

>Since his retirement, Andy has directed his efforts toward various personal projects, consulting arrangements, and volunteer efforts. He has served on a number of non-profit boards, focused primarily on education. He currently chairs the board of Austin Achieve, a new open enrollment public charter school in Austin. He serves on two advisory councils at the University of Texas at Austin, and was instrumental in development and nation-wide replication of their UTeach program, which recruits and develops math and science teachers for public schools. He also chairs Lehigh’s Engineering Advisory Council. In addition, his  retirement allows him to vigorously pursue several hobbies including golf, cycling, skiing and travel.


J. Michael Harrison
2014 ISE Distinguished Alumni Award for Achievements in Academia
Adams Distinguished Professor of Management, Emeritus; Graduate School of Business, Stanford University

J. Michael Harrison is the Adams Distinguished Professor of Management, Emeritus, in the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University.  He earned a B.S. degree in IE from Lehigh, an M.S. in IE from Stanford, and a Ph.D. in operations research from Stanford. He joined the faculty of the Graduate School of Business in 1970, and has spent sabbatical leaves at SRI International, Northwestern University and Bell Laboratories.  He has served as an associate editor for Mathematics of Operations Research, the Annals of Applied Probability, Manufacturing and Service Operations Management, and Stochastic Systems.

In his research, Professor Harrison developed and analyzed stochastic models in several different domains related to business. Around 1980, he co-authored two influential papers in mathematical finance developing the mathematical foundations of option theory. He and David Kreps introduced the notion of equivalent martingale measures, which have since become a standard tool in theoretical analysis.

Since the early 1980’s, Professor Harrison’s research and teaching have focused on the field of production and operations management. He has developed models and methods for the management of stochastic processing systems, including telephone call centers and make-to-order manufacturing operations, and for dynamic online pricing.

Professor Harrison is the author of one book and more than 75 articles in scholarly journals. He has been honored by INFORMS with its Expository Writing Award (1998), the Lanchester Prize for best research publication (2001), and the John von Neumann Theory Prize (2004). He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2008. He is a fellow of INFORMS and of the Institute for Mathematical Statistics.


Everett H. Van Hoesen
2014 ISE Distinguished Alumni Award for Achievements in Industry
Former President, Industrial Systems Group, IBM

While an IE student at Lehigh, Van worked several part-time/summer jobs to afford his education (ex: newspaper delivery driver, janitor, milkman and postal worker). At Bell Labs,he grew silicon wafers used to fabricate the first transistors by Dr. Shockley. At GM, he had the opportunity to design and oversee fabrication of revolutionary new robotic chassis-to body-drop assembly lines.

Upon graduation, Van began a 30 year career with IBM starting in manufacturing and advancing to General Management as Division and Group President. He was responsible for achieving the milestone for annual worldwide production of more than one million typewriters and breaking the “Glass Ceiling” in IBM by becoming the first person with an engineering/manufacturing background to become a General Manager. Van also launched many initiatives, which included: production and sale of the first blood pheresis machines that are essential for treatment of cancers and have also enabled bone marrow transplants and production and sale of IBM’s first robotics devices and software. Van launched IBM’s first direct marketing efforts, including catalogues and 800 numbers and IBM’s first distribution through wholesalers and retail stores. Van played a major role in building the first prototypes of the IBM personal computer leading to IBM’s commitment to and launching of the IBM PC.

Van retired from IBM in 1985. He “flunked” retirement and became an entrepreneur founding and operating more than a half dozen partnerships and LLC’s. Most notable was his endeavors in the field of residential design and construction. He designed and built “Dream Homes” in Florida that won extensive awards.


Dr. J. Robert Baum ’64
2013 ISE Distinguished Alumni Award for Achievements in Industry

Dr. J. Robert Baum is chairman of the board of Highmark Inc., a position he has held since 2005. He was also acting CEO of Highmark in 2012. In that role, he leads the board review of Highmark’s performance and strategic plans.

In addition to his service to Highmark, Dr. Baum is professor of entrepreneurship in the University of Maryland’s Smith School of Business. He is the former owner/president/CEO of Ivan C. Dutterer, Inc. in Hanover, Pa., and Wood Alive Woodworks in Manassas, Va. and Ithaca, N.Y.

He is a member of the board of directors of four businesses, including a lighting manufacturer, a plastics manufacturer and a beverage producer. He is a past board member of several other businesses, including television and radio broadcasting and software companies.

Dr. Baum teaches new venture creation and financing for master of business administration students, and he has won five university teaching awards since 2000. His research interests are entrepreneurship, quantitative methods and strategic decision-making. He has had numerous articles published in prestigious research journals. He is also a member of the Lehigh Healthcare Industry Leadership Council.

Dr. Baum graduated from ISE in 1964. At Lehigh, he was President of the Lehigh Chapter of the Chi Phi fraternity, Manager of the University bands, and a member of the Lehigh glee club, Beta Gamma Sigma, and the Lehigh chapter of the American Institute of Industrial Engineers. He graduated first in his class at Northwestern University with master’s degrees in finance and economics. He received a doctorate in management and organization from the University of Maryland.


Arthur F. Veinott Jr. ’56
2012 ISE Distinguished Alumni Award for Achievements in Academia

Arthur "Pete" Veinott took a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and a B.A. in Arts and Science from Lehigh University in 1956 and an Eng.Sc.D. in Industrial Engineering (specializing in operations research) from Columbia University in 1960 under Cyrus 

Derman. He served in the USAF as a 1st Lieutenant and Operations Analyst during 1960-62. He joined Stanford University in Industrial Engineering in 1962. He became a founding member of the Operations Research Department in 1967 and served as Chair from 1975-1985. He was on leave at IBM Research-Yorktown Heights (1968-1969), Yale University (1972-73), and IBM Research-Almaden (1989-90). Stanford merged Operations Research and Engineering-Economic Systems in 1996 and then with Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management in 2000 to form Management Science and Engineering. He became Professor Emeritus on June 1, 2009.

Pete was elected to the National Academy of Engineering (1986) and awarded the John von Neumann Theory Prize by INFORMS (2007). He was selected as a Guggenheim Fellow (1978-79), an Inaugural Fellow of INFORMS (2002), and a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics (1970). He was also elected to Phi Beta Kappa and Tau Beta Pi at Lehigh.

Pete has served as Founding Editor of Mathematics of Operations Research (1974-1980), Vice President-Publications of the Institute of Management Sciences (1973-76) and Council Member of both the Institute of Management Sciences (1971-73) and the Operations Research Society of America (1983-86). He is a member of INFORMS. His research interests span several areas of operations research and management science including optimization, stochastic systems and competitive analysis. He has been most active in dynamic programming, lattice programming, supply-chain optimization and network optimization. Six of his 27 Ph.D. students have earned major INFORMS honors, viz., 5 INFORMS Fellows, 3 Lanchester Prizes and 2 Edelman Prizes.

Pete passed away in December 2012 at the age of 78. Read "Remembering Arthur "Pete" Veinott ’56" on our news web page.


Timothy J. Wilmott ’80, ’81G
2012 ISE Distinguished Alumni Award for Achievements in Industry

Timothy Wilmott is President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Penn National Gaming, Inc., responsible for oversight and management of the firm’s North American operations. After earning Lehigh Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in ISE, Tim began his career at IBM as an industrial engineer. He left IBM in 1985 to pursue his MBA at Wharton Business School, which he earned in1987. His career in gaming began shortly thereafter at Harrah’s, Inc. He advanced through increasing levels of responsibility, and by 2003 was the firm’s COO. In 2008, he took the COO role at Penn National, and was named this year as a director of the American Gaming Association. Recently, Tim has supported ISE in several ways, including renovation in Mohler Lab and the Timothy J. Wilmott ’80 Endowed Faculty Chair in Industrial Engineering.


Irwin Young ’50
2011 ISE Distinguished Alumni Award for Achievements in Industry
Irwin Young

Irwin W. Young, Chairman of the Board of DuArt Film Laboratories, Inc. and President of Western Broadcasting Corp of Puerto Rico (WOLE-12), was voted the 15th recipient of the Gordon E. Sawyer Oscar Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2000, which is awarded to "an individual in the motion picture industry whose technological contributions have brought credit to the industry”. A pillar of the New York film community, Young helped bring numerous independent films to the screen through DuArt. As a producer himself, some of the award winning films he was responsible for are CAUGHT in 1995, AMERICAN ME in 1992, ALAMBRISTA, winner of the Camera d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1978 and, in 1964, NOTHING BUT A MAN, which was a double prizewinner at the Venice Film Festival and was selected for the National Film Registry, Library of Congress.

In 1979, the Academy honored Young, Paul Kaufman and Frederick Schlyter from DuArt with a Technical Achievement Award for the development of a computer-controlled paper tape programming system and its application in the motion picture film laboratory.

The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) awarded him its Progress Medal in 1987. He also is the recipient of the New York State Governor's Arts Award, and the Independent Feature Project's First Annual Gotham Lifetime Achievement Award, the Kodak Award for Excellence, and the DGA Honors, recognizing leadership in the film and television industry.

An active member of numerous organizations, Young served as President and Board Member of the Film Society of Lincoln Center, a Board Member of the Independent Feature Project and an Associate Member of the American Society of Cinematographers. In addition, Young is a Life Fellow and past President of SMPTE, was a three time President of the Association of Cinema and Video Laboratories, Chairman and Board Member of The Moving Image, Inc, a Fellow of the British Kinematograph Sound and Television Society, and a member of the Colorado Council on the Arts and Humanities and the New York 


Lee Iacocca ’45
2010 ISE Distinguished Alumni Award for Achievements in Industry
Lee Iacocca

Born and raised in Allentown,Lee Iacocca graduated from Lehigh in 1945. He began his professional career as an engineer at the Ford Motor company. After working with Ford, he was hired to lead the Chrysler Corporation as President and CEO. Mr. Iacocca introduced Chrysler's K-car series and the 1984 T115 minivan and ultimately saved Chrysler. As a philanthropist, Iacocca has donated millions of dollars to various institutions and charitable foundations. At Lehigh, he chaired the fundraising campaign to purchase the Mountaintop Campus from Bethlehem Steel and jointly started the Iacocca Institute. In June, 2005, Mr. Iacocca was named by CNN as the fifth most influential business leader of the past 25 years, edged out by the likes of Bill Gates and Warren Buffet. In 2007, Conde Nast's Portfolio magazine named Iacocca the 18th greatest CEO of all time. According to Wharton Business School, he is among the top 25 most influential business leaders.


Paul E. Torgersen ’53
2010 ISE Distinguished Alumni Award for Achievements in Academia
Paul E. Torgersen

Paul E. Torgersen graduated from Lehigh in 1953. After studying at Lehigh, Torgersen went on to earn his M.S. and Ph.D. from Ohio State University. Torgersen first arrived at Virginia Tech in 1967 as the Industrial Systems Department head. By 1970 he was Dean of Engineering. In 1990, Torgersen became president of Virginia Tech’s Corporate Research Center. Dr. Torgersen has served as chairman of the engineering Deans’ Council, was elected to the National Academy of Engineering, and has authored or co-authored five books - two translated into Japanese. In 1993, he began a seven year term as the fourteenth President of Virginia Tech. During his terms as dean and as president, 62,191 diplomas presented to Virginia Tech graduates were signed by Paul E. Torgersen. The new engineering building and bridge was named after Dr. Torgersen’s formal retirement from Virginia Tech in 2000. He has taught at least one class every semester since 1967 and continues to teach on a part-time basis.


John E. McGlade ’76, ’80G
2009 ISE Distinguished Alumni Award for Achievements in Industry
John E. McGlade

John E. McGlade, graduated from our department in 1976 and was involved in the American Institute of Industrial Engineers, Alpha Pi Mu, Tau Beta Pi and a member of the Delta Chi Fraternity. John received his M.B.A. from Lehigh’s Business school in 1980.

He joined Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. in 1976 as a participant in the company’s Career Development Program. He subsequently held various positions within the Industrial Gases Division, including both domestic and international assignments. John was named general manager of the Chemical and Process Industries Division in 1994; vice president of the Division in 1996; and vice president and general manager, Chemical and Process Industries, and Energy Systems in 1998. He was appointed vice president and general manager of the Performance Materials Division in 2001 and vice president, Chemicals Group business divisions in early 2003. Later that year, Mr. McGlade was named group vice president, Chemicals Group, in which he had global responsibility for the company’s industrial gas and chemicals manufacturing organization, and for Environment, Health, Safety and Quality. John was appointed president and chief executive officer of Air Products in October 2007 and chairman of the board in April 2008.

John currently serves on the board of directors of the American Chemistry Council and is a member of the Society of Chemical Industry executive committee, and a member of the SteelStacks leadership team. John is a member of the Board of Trustees at Lehigh and he and his wife Brenda has generously donated to the renovations of Mohler Lab.


Dr. Gary Whitehouse ’60, ’62G
2009 ISE Distinguished Alumni Award for Achievements in Academia
Gary Whitehouse

Gary Whitehouse graduated from our department in 1960 and has his master’s degree from the department as well in 1962. He was a member of Alpha Pi Mu, American Institute of Industrial Engineers, Newtonian Society and on the Dean’s List. He received his doctorate from Arizona State University.

Gary taught in the Industrial Engineering department from 1966 until 1978, where he then joined the University of Central Florida. He also served as Chair of UCF's Industrial Engineering and Management Systems Department and Dean of UCF's College of Engineering. During his academic tenure, he has written four books and edited six others, wrote 75 articles, edited the Industrial Engineering Mini/Micro Computer column, authored the IIE Microsoftware series and received over $2 million of federal research funding. His interests include applied operations research, simulation, and computer applications. He has received a number of awards, including recognition as a Fellow from the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) and the Florida Engineering Society (FES), Western Electric’s Engineering Professor-of-the-Year Award in the Middle Atlantic States, the H. B. Maynard Innovative Achievement in Industrial Engineering Award from the IIE, and the outstanding IIE Publication-of-the-Year Award for his book dealing with computer applications for the industrial engineering field. In 2007 he received IIE’s Albert G. Holzman Distinguished Educator Award for career achievement.

He had served UCF as Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs from 1993 to 2003. In August 2003, Gary was named Provost Emeritus and University Distinguished Professor by the University of Central Florida. He returned to the Industrial Engineering and Management Systems Department and retired in 2005 as Professor Emeritus.

Gary has served in a number of leadership roles for the IIE, the FES, INFORMS, and the American Society of Engineering Educators. He was president of the Lehigh Valley IIE chapter and Regional IIE Vice President. In 2009, Gary and his wife, Marian Greenhalgh Whitehouse, generously donated the first floor graduate student office for the department. Their donation is part of the renovation efforts to Mohler Lab. Gary is also a member of the ISE Advisory Board.