CAVS Researcher, Babski-Reeves, Named New Head of Industrial & Systems Engineering
April 13, 2020
A well-respected leader in the fields of human factors and ergonomics has been selected as the
new department head for industrial & systems engineering within Mississippi State
University’s Bagley College of Engineering.
Kari Babski-Reeves, a
three-time Mississippi State engineering alumna, will officially begin her tenure as department
head on July 1, 2020, pending approval of the State Board of Trustees, Mississippi Institutions
of Higher Learning. She transitions into her new role on a full-time basis after having served
as the interim department head since July 2019.
“I am truly honored to
have been selected as the first female department head for industrial & systems engineering
here at Mississippi State,” Babski-Reeves said. “As a three-time graduate of this
department, I have knowledge of where it has been and am excited for where it is going. ISE is
a strong department within the college and a leader in many aspects, and I am looking forward
to seeing where the faculty and students push it into the future.
“The faculty are young
and energetic and are continuously expanding research domains in their respective fields, so
it is exciting to see that potential maturing and being passed on to our students. I also have
really missed connecting with students. What I am most looking forward to is engaging with the
ISE students more fully through teaching and advising. They are why we are all here.”
Babski-Reeves has served as
associate dean for research and graduate studies within the Bagley College for the past five
years. As a professor in industrial & systems engineering, her research efforts are focused
in the areas of human factors, ergonomics, and safety and has been funded by entities such as
Honda, Hyundai, FedEx, UPS, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Energy and
the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.
She has been published in a
variety of journals including Human Factors; Ergo; IEEE Transactions: Man, Systems, and
Cybernetics; and the International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics. She is a member of the
Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, Society of Automotive Engineers, and the Institute of
Industrial Engineers, among others.
Babski-Reeves also is also
currently serving on the NORA Musculoskeletal Sector Panel for NIOSH, is serving in her second
of the board of directors
for the Board of Certified Professional Ergonomists and was
of the Southeastern Conference Academic Leadership Development Program
for the 2017-18
“Kari has been an
exceptional leader in the dean’s office and I have no doubt that she will be an
outstanding leader for the industrial & systems engineering department,” said Jason
Keith, dean of the Bagley College of Engineering. “She has succeeded in every position
she’s had in the college and I look forward to working with her in this new role.”
bachelor’s and master’s degrees in industrial engineering from Mississippi State
in 1995 and 1998, respectively, before completing her Ph.D. in industrial engineering in 2000.
She joined the Mississippi State faculty in 2006 after a stint at the Grado Department of
Industrial and Systems Engineering at Virginia Tech.
Babski-Reeves replaces former
department head John Usher, who retired from the Bagley College of Engineering in June 2019.
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