Ph.D., Industrial and Operations Systems, University of Michigan, 1994 M.S., Industrial and Operations Systems, University of Michigan, 1993
At Oregon State since 2016.
Founding Director, Center for Integrated Healthcare Delivery Systems (CIHDS), 2009 - 2016 Interim Head, Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering (IME) at The Pennsylvania State University, Jan.-Sept. 2015 Professor, Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering (IME) at The Pennsylvania State University, 2011-2016
Research and Teaching Dr. Nembhard is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in industrial engineering and operations research with interests that connect to several other disciplines including mechanical engineering, material science engineering, engineering design, medicine and nursing, information sciences and technology, and health policy. She is a co-author of a groundbreaking textbook, "Healthcare Systems Engineeering," the author or co-author of 46 peer-reviewed journal publications, and the PI or co-PI on more than $2.5 million in research funding. She has advised four post-doctoral, 11 PhDs, and numerous other students and scholars. Dr. Nembhard has taught courses in statistical process monitoring, experimental design, six sigma, and healthcare systems. As the founding director for the Center for Integrated Healthcare Delivery Systems which included an NSF Industry/University Collaborative Research Center (I/UCRC), she directed more than 200 faculty and students on applied research projects in healthcare delivery that engaged AT&T, Highmark, Siemens, Verizon as well as several hospitals.
Awards and Professional Service Dr. Nembhard’s work has contributed to fundamental knowledge and has had an impact in industry — this path was recognized by the American Society for Quality (ASQ) with the Feigenbaum Medal in 2004 with election as an ASQ Fellow in 2009, and election to the International Academy for Quality in 2011. She is a senior member of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineering (IISE) and currently serves as program chair for the 2017 IISE Conference. Dr. Nembhard has also been active in mentoring women and underrepresented minorities in the academic institution and has served frequently for many programs to positively impact STEM education, equity and inclusion, and global learning.
Administration and Leadership Prior to appointment as head of the School of MIME at Oregon State University, Dr. Nembhard served as the interim head of the Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at Penn State University. She was also a part of the executive team of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute at Penn State Hershey Medical Center. Some of the tangible facets of her leadership have been effective strategic planning, strong research activity and impact, faculty recruitment and retention, mentoring networks, successful undergraduate and graduate students, and industry engagement and development.