World Academy of Productivity Science honors engineering's Don Taylor with Fellowship

G. Don Taylor

G. Don Taylor

BLACKSBURG, Va., Oct. 11, 2010 – G. Don Taylor, head of Virginia Tech's Grado Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, has been selected as a Fellow of the World Academy of Productivity Science.

Fellows of the Academy are selected among eminent, internationally-recognized contributors to the field of productivity science. There is a maximum of 500 Fellows at any one time. Those accepted as Fellows are considered to have committed significant portions of their lives to helping to raise the living standards of people across the globe through productivity enhancement, organizers say. As a Fellow, Taylor will be encouraged to document and share his knowledge and accomplishments of his work with others.

Taylor will attend the 16th annual World Productivity Congress held in November in Antalya, Turkey, where he will be inducted into the organization and also present a technical research paper.

Taylor, who also holds the Charles O. Gordon Professorship, joined the Virginia Tech faculty in 2004. In 2007, the Grado department received a University Exemplary Department Award for the development and execution of innovative and effective approaches to advising its undergraduate and graduate students.

Earlier this year, Taylor was elected president-elect of the Institute of Industrial Engineers. He has been a Fellow of that organization since 2006.

Prior to his arrival at Virginia Tech, Taylor held the Mary Lee and George F. Duthie Endowed Chair in Engineering Logistics and was the director of the Center for Engineering Logistics and Distribution at Kentucky’s University of Louisville.

Taylor earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in industrial engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1983 and 1985, respectively, and his doctorate in industrial engineering and operations research from the University of Massachusetts in 1990.

The College of Engineering at Virginia Tech is internationally recognized for its excellence in 14 engineering disciplines and computer science. The college's 6,000 undergraduates benefit from an innovative curriculum that provides a "hands-on, minds-on" approach to engineering education, complementing classroom instruction with two unique design-and-build facilities and a strong Cooperative Education Program. With more than 50 research centers and numerous laboratories, the college offers its 2,000 graduate students opportunities in advanced fields of study such as biomedical engineering, state-of-the-art microelectronics, and nanotechnology. Virginia Tech, the most comprehensive university in Virginia, is dedicated to quality, innovation, and results to the commonwealth, the nation, and the world.