Prof. Pius J Egbelu obtained B.S.I.E Magna Cum Laude in Industrial Engineering from Louisiana Technology University, Ruston, Louisiana in 1978. He proceeded to Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia, USA where he bagged M.S.I.E and PhD in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research, 1979 and 1982 respectively.
Prof. Egbelu started his career with Alabama A&M University and Louisiana Technology University in 1975 to 1977 as Student Tutor. Between 1978 - 1981, he joined the academic teaching staff of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University as Graduate Teaching Assistant and was promoted Graduate Instructor in 1982. In 1982 to 1984, Assistant Professor, Department of Industrial and Management Systems Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University, University Park, and became Associate Professor in 1990 to 1995 at the same University. He served as external Ph.D Thesis Examiner in various Universities including University of Roorkee, India; India Institute of Technology, Madras, India; University of Windsor, Windsor, Canada and Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand respectively.
From 1994 to 1996, Prof. Egbelu was a Program Director, Operations Research and Production Systems Programs, Division of Design and Manufacturing, Engineering Directorate. The National Science Foundation, Arlington, Virginia; Professor & Chair , Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa. He served as Dean of Engineering and Bert Turner Distinguished Professor, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 2000 to 2004; Dean, National Science Foundation Academy(a US research agency), Arlington, Virginia, 2005 to 2007; Professor of Industrial Engineering, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 2007 to 2011. He is presently a Distinguished Professor and Dean and Holder of Then & Clarke Chair, School of Management, New Jersey Institute of Technology, University Heights, Newark, New Jersey.
Prof. Egbelu has made extensive contribution to both the service and manufacturing sectors and he has made several presentations, professional meetings and conferences which he chaired for many years. He has carried out Manufacturing Systems Analysis, Automated Material Handling, Supply Chain Management, Applied Optimization, Shop Floor Planning Control, Scheduling, Computer Simulation and Enterprise Systems Modeling. He has led delegation of 11 USA Academic Researchers, Educator and Industrial Representatives to South Africa to explore collaboration in manufacturing education and research and also served as a Director, Committee on the Development of a Blueprint for an Academic Research Funding Agency in Nigeria sponsored by Nigerian Ministry of Science and Technology in 2006 to 2007 and he has written many books and has been published in several scholarly journals.
He received the Outstanding Foreign Student Academic Award of Alabama A&M University, Normal Alabama in 1975/76, the NORWELA Chapter of American Institute of Industrial Engineers, Shreveport , Louisiana Scholarship Recipient between 1977 and 1988, Outstanding Young Men of America Recipient Award, SME Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Recipient Award, Whoâ€™s is Who in Science and Engineering Listed in Marquis 1996 Edition, National Science Foundation Directorâ€™s Management Excellence Award and College of Engineering and Science Distinguished alumni, 2010, Louisiana Technology University, Ruston Louisiana.
He is a Registered Engineer in the State of Louisiana, Member, Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE), Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) and Nigerian Academy of Science.