Ken Harmon, associate professor of industrial and systems engineering at Virginia Tech’s College of Engineering, was awarded the title of Associate Professor Emeritus by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

The title emeritus is conferred on retired professors, associate professors and administrators who are highly recommended to the Board of Directors by Virginia Tech President Tim Sands in recognition of exemplary service to the university. Nominees approved by the Board will receive a copy of the resolution and a certificate of appreciation.

A member of the Virginia Tech community since 1991, Harmon has served as the coordinator of the Grado Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering’s extended campus/distance learning program and the Grado College of Engineering graduate program in Northern Virginia. He also served as Director of the Engineering Administration Graduate Program and the Systems Engineering Graduate Program and was co-founder and Director of the ISE System Performance Laboratory, also located in Falls Church.

Working with Virginia Tech’s Department of Continuing Education and Professional Education, Harmon developed the first graduate contract program, offering on-site courses at the National Reconnaissance Office, a federal agency in Northern Virginia, for 15 years. He recruited and supervised several assistant lecturers who taught courses in the systems engineering and engineering administration graduate programs.

In addition, Harmon developed several new graduate courses and two graduate certificates in Technology Management and Human-Systems Integration, taught more than 2,000 students in nine graduate courses, conducted the comprehensive final exam for more than 250 graduate students, and served as an advisor to both graduate and undergraduate students at Capstone -Project courses. He has also received more than $2.5 million in grants and project grants to financially support many engineering students in Northern Virginia.

Harmon served his profession as a senior member and continuous contributor to both the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) and the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers. He has served on the INCOSE Corporate Advisory Board, the INCOSE Academic Council, and the IISE Industry Advisory Board, supported several research working groups, and contributed to journal articles and conference papers.

Harmon received his bachelor’s degree from Georgia Institute of Technology and an MBA from Wright State University.

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