Dr. Joel A. Nachlas

Dr. Joel A. Nachlas
Dr. Joel A. Nachlas

(March 2, 2016)  Associate Professor Dr. Joel A. Nachlas retired from his position on March 1, 2016. He was a VT ISE faculty member for the last 41 years.

After earning his undergraduate degree in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research (IEOR) at Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Nachlas earned his MS and PhD at the University of Pittsburgh. He was briefly an instructor there, and joined the ISE department (then called IEOR) at Virginia Tech in 1974.

During his tenure in ISE, he made quite a name for himself in the Reliability and Quality Control research community. He has written three books and has produced many high-quality publications in his field. He served as Associate Editor for the IIE Transactions on Quality and Reliability, and for many years has served as Editor for the proceedings of the annual Reliability and Maintainability Symposium (RAMS). He has won numerous awards based on the quality of his contributions, and he is a Fellow of two societies; the Society of Reliability Engineers (SRE) and the American Society for Quality (ASQ).

Dr. Nachlas has also been a strong advocate for international programs within the COE, and has completed three different sabbatical leaves in France; first at the University of Angers and then twice more at the University of Nice. He has been a true leader in developing and maintaining the relationship between ISE and Ecole des Mines de Nantes, including our dual MS degree program.

Dr. Nachlas is also an accomplished athlete and coach. At Johns Hopkins, he played as a mid-fielder on a National Championship Lacrosse team. After joining Virginia Tech, he served as coach of the men's lacrosse team for more than 30 years. He was as dedicated to his student athletes as he was to his students in the classroom, and he led his team to many victories. He won a number of coaching awards, including the prestigious US Lacrosse National Coach of the Year award in 2001.

Dr. Nachlas will be greatly missed after he retires for many reasons, especially his service orientation to the students and constant contributions to the department missions. The ISE department wishes him all the best during his very well-deserved retirement.

Related news: “Dr. Joel Nachlas honored with emeritus status” (April 28, 2016)