Romeijn oversees the nation’s No. 1 ranked industrial engineering program.

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Edwin Romeijn will step down as H. Milton and Carolyn J. Stewart School Chair at the end of the fall semester, completing his second term as chair. During his 10 years of leadership, the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISyE) ranked No. 1 among undergraduate and graduate programs every year by U.S. News & World Report

Romeijn will return to his full-time role as professor in January 2025. 

“Edwin’s decade of leadership has established ISyE as the preeminent industrial engineering program in the nation, often redefining the field itself,” said Raheem Beyah, dean of the College of Engineering and Southern Company Chair. “His vision has made the School a prominent leader in fields that include analytics, data science, machine learning, and artificial intelligence. I’m grateful for Edwin’s visionary leadership and unwavering commitment to ISyE and the College, and I look forward to continuing to partner with him as he serves out his term.” 

During Romeijn’s two terms as chair, ISyE started new programs in analytics and data science, as well as advanced studies for operations research and statistics. This includes the highly successful interdisciplinary Online Master of Science in Analytics program that currently enrolls approximately 5,600 students.  

ISyE’s faculty size has grown by nearly 25% in the past 10 years, and almost 60% of the School’s faculty holds an endowed early career professorship, professorship, or chair. Romeijn also helped establish a named postdoctoral fellowship program that aims to increase representation in the professoriate. 

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Additionally, Romeijn made progressive steps toward building opportunities for faculty and staff fellowships including the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Fellows Program that supports efforts to sustain a culture of inclusive excellence within ISyE.

Another accomplishment was the creation of the Center for Academics, Success, and Equity. The interdisciplinary academic center hosts a variety of programs for students, staff, and faculty to ensure that the culture and community of ISyE remain academically rigorous and challenging, while also personally and professionally rewarding, for all members. This includes an alumni/student mentorship program, tutoring, and diversity initiatives. 

Romeijn’s research focuses on optimization theory and applications. His work has explored issues arising in radiation therapy treatment planning. One of his goals is developing new models and algorithms for efficiently determining effective treatment plans for cancer patients who are treated using radiation therapy, as well as treatment schedules for radiation therapy clinics. 

Romeijn also studies supply chain optimization, with interests in the integrated optimization of production, inventory, and transportation processes. 

Details about the search for the next permanent ISyE chair will be announced soon.

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