ISyE chair White steps down

Dr. Chelsea “Chip” C. White III, the current H. Milton and Carolyn J. Stewart Chair of the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISyE), has decided to step down as school chair on June 30, following nearly five years in that role. White will return to the faculty and serve as co-director of the Global Transportation Center of Focused Research within the Supply & Logistics Institute and as the Schneider National Chair in Logistics and Transportation.

During White’s tenure as chair, ISyE received a $20 million commitment from Carolyn J. and Milton H. Stewart, allowing the school to advance its academic and research programs. The program has continued to be ranked as the top graduate program in the nation for 19 consecutive years. The school also expanded international programs beyond Singapore to include those in Shanghai and Costa Rica. In 2006, the school was renamed the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering. ISyE also increased its endowment from $24 million to $64 million.

White received his PhD from the University of Michigan in 1974 in Computer, Information and Control Engineering. Before joining the Institute, White served on the faculties of the University of Virginia and the University of Michigan. In addition to his role as department chair, White serves on the board of directors for Con-way Inc., the ITS World Congress, TLI-Asia Pacific, and the Bobby Dodd Institute. In 2008, White provided testimony during a roundtable discussion entitled “Reauthorization of the Federal Surface Transportation Research Program”, held by the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.

His research interests include the analysis of the role of real-time information and enabling information technology for improved logistics and supply chain productivity and risk mitigation. A search committee for a successor to the post will be formed shortly.