Dr. Louis A. Martin-Vega has served as Dean of the College of Engineering at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina since 2006. With over 10,000 students, 750 faculty and staff and $200M in annual research expenditures, NC State’s College of Engineering is internationally recognized for the excellence of its research and educational programs. Prior to joining NC State, he spent five years as dean of engineering at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida. He has also held several prestigious positions at the National Science Foundation (NSF) including acting head of its Engineering Directorate and director of its Division of Design, Manufacture and Industrial Innovation. His research and teaching interests are in the areas of industrial engineering, manufacturing, logistics and distribution, operations management and production and service systems. He is the author or co-author of more than 100 journal articles, book chapters and other publications and has made over 200 keynote and related presentations at national and international forums.
Martin-Vega is a Fellow of the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME). His numerous awards include the 1999 IIE Albert Holzman Distinguished Educator Award, the 2000 HENACC-Hispanic Engineering National Education Achievement Award, the 2007 National Hispanic Scientist of the Year Award from the Tampa Museum of Science and Industry, the 2008 Outstanding Engineer in North Carolina Award from the NC Society of Engineers, the Industrial and Systems Engineering Alumni Leadership Award from the University of Florida in 2009, and the 2012 Frank and Lillian Gilbreth Industrial Engineering Award, IIE’s highest honor. He is a past president of IIE, a member of the Pan American Academy of Engineering and the HENACC Hall of Fame and was named as one of the 50 Most Influential Hispanics in the US by Hispanic Business magazine in 2014. He is a former member of the executive board of the National GEM Consortium and former chair of the ASEE Engineering Deans Council. He is currently the Immediate Past President of ASEE, past Chair of the Advisory Committee for the Engineering Directorate at NSF and current Vice-Chair of NSF’s Foundation-Wide Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering (CEOSE).
Martin-Vega holds a B.S. in industrial engineering from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez, an M.S. in operations research from New York University and M.E. and Ph.D. degrees in industrial and systems engineering from the University of Florida.