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Suraj M. Alexander, Ph.D.


Suraj M. Alexander earned his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras, India in 1970. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in IEOR in 1972 and 1977, respectively, from Virginia Tech. Suraj worked as an Equipment Design Engineer at the Corning Glass Works Plant in Blacksburg from 1973 to 1975, and then joined the faculty at Virginia Tech.  In 1976 he joined the University of Louisville (UofL) as an assistant professor, and was a founding member of the Industrial Engineering Department.

Dr. Alexander currently serves as Professor and Chair of the Department of Industrial Engineering, at UofL, a position that he reassumed at the request of the dean in 2012, after previously serving as the department chair for ten years (1995-2005). He has received the dean’s award for distinguished service, and the dean’s award for outstanding research, has two patents and has mentored over 150 graduate students. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE) and the American Society of Quality (ASQ). He is also a Licensed Professional Engineer.

Dr. Alexander has served as the interim Director of the Logistics and Distribution Institute; President of the Louisville Chapter of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers; President of the Council of Fellows, Director of the Design Interest Group, Director of the Quality Control and Reliability Engineering Division of IISE; Education Chairman of the Louisville Chapter of the American Society for Quality. He was also on the Board of Directors of the Advanced Technology Council.  In 2010, he was selected as a Bingham Fellow by Leadership Louisville.

Suraj is an avid tennis player, and enjoys the outdoors.  He is indebted to his sister and brother-in-law, Shalini and John Perumpral, for their invaluable guidance, and is especially grateful to Rachel, his wife of 42 years, for her love and unyielding support through life’s ups and downs.