Erick Jones has been appointed dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Nevada Reno, effective September 1. He has been serving as senior science advisor in the Office of the Chief Economist at the U.S. State Department. He is a former professor and associate dean for graduate studies at the College of Engineering at the University of Texas at Arlington. He held the George and Elizabeth Pickett Endowed Professorship in Industrial, Manufacturing, and Systems Engineering at the university. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Texas at Arlington. Dr. Jones taught at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for eight years.
Dr. Jones is an internationally recognized researcher in industrial manufacturing and systems engineering. His career over the past 25 years has spanned industry, government, and academia. At the State Department, he focused on how the U.S. can better understand the economics of supply chains and how their disruptions impact global commerce, operations, and quality of life.
“In Dr. Erick Jones, our university has a dynamic leader who understands how to seize moments of opportunity in order to further an agenda of excellence,” said Brian Sandoval, president of the University of Nevada Reno. “The possibilities seem endless of what we will be capable of accomplishing under Dr. Jones’ leadership in the coming years – in attracting our brightest minds both among our students and among our faculty, and in creating discovery and knowledge in the service of Nevada, our society and in the furthering of social progress.”
Dr. Jones earned his bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Texas A&M University. He holds master’s and doctoral degrees in industrial engineering from the University of Houston.