Craig Harvey Named New Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

The LSU College of Engineering has named Craig Harvey, who currently serves as the Industrial Engineering Program Director in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, the College’s new Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. He will begin this role June 1.

“Being the largest college on campus, we are vital to LSU, our state economy and the development of the next generation of engineers, construction managers and computer scientists,” Harvey said. “I don’t take that lightly.”

Among his goals for this position are the advancement of undergraduate and graduate education through expanded summer camp programming to recruit a more diverse incoming student population, the integration of technology into the classroom and the blending of discipline topics that allow for better use of faculty resources.

Harvey began his tenure at LSU in 2006 as an assistant professor of industrial engineering, after working in academia at Wright State University and the University of Oklahoma and in industry at Lockheed Martin Space Operations and NASA-Johnson Space Center. He also served in the United States Air Force Reserve.

At LSU, he has acted as the interim chair of the Department of Construction Management and Industrial Engineering, and most recently as Program Director of the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering and associate professor of Industrial Engineering.

Harvey earned his bachelor’s degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology and his master’s and Ph.D. from Purdue University, all in industrial engineering. His research interests include control room management, process improvement, healthcare and usability engineering.

“I would like to thank Dean Wornat and the selection committee for giving me a chance to serve the College in this important role,” Harvey said. “We, as a College, have done great things, and I believe more great things are on the horizon.”

Harvey also thanked Dr. Sherif Ishak for his service to the College as the Interim Associate Dean.

“Without his leadership through a dean transition and ABET, we may not be on the sound footing we find ourselves as a College,” Harvey said. “He has provided solid leadership during an important time in the College's life, and I personally thank him for his efforts.”