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Two professors join OU College of Engineering

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The University of Oklahoma College of Engineering has hired Janet Allen as the John and Mary Moore chair and professor in the School of Industrial Engineering and Farrokh Mistree as the L.A. Comp chair and director of the School of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering. 

Mistree, most recently a professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, follows Professor and Lesch Centennial Chair Subramanyam Gollahalli who is stepping down as director after eight years. Mistree comes to OU with more than 30 years of experience in academia, beginning as a lecturer at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. He also served as associate professor and professor at the University of Houston and as professor of the Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech.

Mistree’s design experience spans mechanical, aeronautical, structural and industrial engineering. He has taught courses in engineering design, naval architecture, solid mechanics, operations research, computer science and professional development.

Allen’s continuing research interests include simulation and modeling in engineering design, robust design, decision-based design, and design pedagogy. She has co-authored one monograph and more than 225 technical publications.  Known for her contributions to the simulation-based design of complex engineering systems, especially in the management of uncertainty in the early stages of systems design, Allen said she looks forward to working with her OU colleagues to develop an interdisciplinary research thrust in simulation-based design and manufacture of complex engineered systems.

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