Faculty/Staff Profile

David W Elizandro, Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering- University of Arkansas, MBA- University of Arkansas, B.S. in Chemical Engineering- University of Arkansas

Highest Degree University: University of Arkansas
College/Unit: Engineering
Department: Industrial & Systems Engineering
Prescott Hall (PRSC) 323
PO Box: 5011
(931) 372-3386

Scholary efforts in areas such as expert systems, distributed simulation, adaptive control systems, time series analysis,  digital signal processing, integrating technology into engineering education,  engineering administration, and academic program evaluation.

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  • Ph.D., Industrial Engineering, University of Arkansas, 1973
  • MBA, University of Arkansas, 1971
  • BSChE University of Arkansas, 1970

Honors and Awards (Selected)

  • Brown-Henderson Award, College of Engineering, TTU, 2010
  • Academy of Chemical Engineering, University of Arkansas, 2008
  • Academy of Industrial Engineering, University of Arkansas, 1997
  • IIE Joint Publishers of the Year Award Co-authored Simulation of Industrial Systems: Discrete Event Simulation using Excel/VBA with H. A. Taha, 2009
  • The Distinguished Faculty Award, East Texas State University, 1992.
  • Senior Member IIE (Institute of Industrial Engineering), 1990.
  • National Highway Safety Advisory Commission, 1980

Research Statement

Scholarly efforts are in technology and education and administration. A brief overview is as follows::

a. Scholarly Efforts: Publications in areas such as expert systems, data communications, simulation, distributed simulation, quality control, adaptive control systems, time series analysis, nonparametric classification using neural networks, flexible manufacturing, engineering education, digital signal processing, integrating technology in engineering education, statistical training in engineering education, academic computing, computer science education, information systems, and program evaluation. He has recently written a textbook published by Taylor and Francis on discrete event simulation and developed a companion discrete event simulation language.

b. Administration: Interim Chair, Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, Tennessee Technological University, (20007-2012. Major accomplishments include: A successful ABET visit in which the program was cited as having a model program management system that should be considered by other programs.

Dean of Mathematics, Science, and Engineering: University of the Incarnate Word, 2001-2002. Major School accomplishments include: Organizing the School of Mathematics, Science, and Engineering using a combination of the traditional line/staff and matrix organizational strategy with an appropriate delegation of responsibility and authority; developing audit procedures for plans and academic advising procedures; developing computer science, computer information systems, and industrial engineering degree programs that provide for high degree of faculty interaction between degree programs and an efficient utilization of laboratory resources; developing program management criteria for the School using the ABET 2000 Criteria; developing industry support for the School with major corporations; and developing staffing requirements for the new and existing degree programs.

Professor and Chairman: Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, Tennessee Technological University, 1993-996. Major departmental accomplishments include forming an industrial advisory board; developing a $150,000 endowment program; establishing a distinguished alumni program; developing a long range plan; a successful 1993 ABET visit; changing the department's name to include manufacturing engineering; developing an industry associates program; expanding the scope of the undergraduate internship program; expanding a networked microcomputer laboratory; and establishing a newsletter for the department.

Professor and Head: Department of Computer Science, Texas A&M – Commerce, 1986-1993. Major departmental accomplishments included a computer equipment donation from Hewlett Packard valued at $500,000; increased laboratory and office space by 3,500 square feet; university funding for the department to purchase 25 IBM System/2 Model 50's and 30 IBM-compatible 386 microcomputers linked via Ethernet; an EXORMAC computer equipment donation from Motorola valued at $15,000; a complete revision, within a 12 month period, of the curriculum to support a computer science and information systems curriculum at the graduate and undergraduate level; an accounting minor for the information systems curriculum; Coordinating Board approval for a degree in computer information systems; cooperative agreement with E-Systems - Greenville Division that enabled E-Systems employees to teach in an adjunct role in the department and faculty to work part-time at E-Systems; a departmental newsletter; an industrial advisory board for the department; and revised classroom evaluation procedures.

Governor's Representative for Highway Safety, State of Arkansas, 1974-77. The office is a liaison between the National Department of Transportation and the State of Arkansas to provide funding for highway safety projects which will affect a reduction in fatal and injury crashes. Major accomplishments include 20% increase in direct program services; a procedure for reviewing employee eligibility for step increases; a major reorganization and assignment of responsibility and authority; a CPM and accounting procedure for project management; and an analytical problem identification procedure for funding highway safety projects.

Recent Publications and Presentations (Selected):

  • D. Elizandro, Brandon Malone, James Smith, “Going Green with ABET”, IIE National Conference, Cancun, MX, May 2010.
  • D. Elizandro, Brandon Malone, James Smith, Diane Knight “An Internet/Intranet Based Information System to Administer ABET Criteria for Program Accreditation”, IEE Education Division,TN Chapter, Cookeville, TN, April 2010.
  • D. Elizandro, “Express Results: A Freight Transportation Company Employs Sophisticated Simulation”, Industrial Engineer, pp 44-49, Volume 49: Number 5, May, 2009.
  • D. Elizandro and H. Taha, “Simulation of Industrial Systems,” ISBN: 978-1-4200-6744-6; Auerbach Publications, December 2007.
  • D. Elizandro and J. Matson, “Taking a Moment to Teach Engineering Economy,” The Engineering Economist, Volume 52 Issue 2, April 2007.
  • D. Elizandro, J. Matson and Jane Fraser, 'ABET Criteria and Continuous Process Improvement', Proceedings of the 2005 Annual Conference of the ASEE, ASEE National Conference, Portland, OR, June 2005, (refereed).
  • D. Elizandro and J. Matson, ' Discrete Event Simulation Using Excel/VBA ', Proceedings of the 2005 Annual Conference of the ASEE, ASEE National Conference, Portland, OR, June 2005, (refereed).
  • D. Elizandro and J. Matson, 'Fuzzy Logic to Assess ABET-Accredited Degree Program Emphasis', Proceedings of the 2003 Annual Conference of the ASEE, ASEE National Conference, Nashville, TN, June 2003, (refereed).

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