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John Kobza, Ph.D.


John E. Kobza received the B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Washington State University in 1982 and the M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Clemson University in 1984.  

From 1984 to 1987 he was a Member of the Technical Staff at GTE Laboratories working on traffic scheduling for integrated communications networks. He was an IBM Fellow at the William E. Simon Graduate School of Business, University of Rochester during the 1987/88 academic year.  He received the Ph.D. degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering at Virginia Tech in 1993.

He was an Assistant Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Virginia Tech from 1993 to 1999. From 1999 to 2013 he served on the faculty of the Department of Industrial Engineering at Texas Tech University.  His administrative positions during that time included Associate Department Chair, Interim Department Chair and Senior Associate Dean for the Edward E. Whitacre College of Engineering. He served as a Visiting Professor in the Systems Engineering Department at the United States Military Academy, 2005 to 2006. In 2013 he joined the University of Tennessee as Department Head of Industrial and Systems Engineering. 

His research interests include modeling, analyzing and designing systems involving uncertainty and risk, such as security systems, manufacturing systems and communication networks. He is a member of Sigma Xi, Alpha Pi Mu, INFORMS, IISE, and a registered professional engineer in the state of Texas.