Ph.D., Industrial and Operations Systems, University of Michigan, 1994
M.S., Industrial and Operations Systems, University of Michigan, 1993
Nembhard’s scholarship in industrial engineering and operations research is focused on improving complex systems across manufacturing and healthcare.
Harriet B. Nembhard is the Eric R. Smith professor of engineering and head of the School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering (MIME). She leads this unit of 75 faculty and staff in fulfilling its mission to educate its 2,300 students as profession-ready graduates and engage in collaborative, cutting-edge research that helps build a sustainable future. Prior to this appointment, she served as the interim head of the Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at Penn State University. In addition, she was the founding director of the Center for Integrated Healthcare Delivery Systems and was 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, impactful research activity, strong faculty recruitment, mentoring and development, successful undergraduate and graduate students, and advancement and fundraising partnerships.
Her scholarship is focused on improving complex systems across manufacturing and healthcare. It has led to several advances including a patented imprint lithography manufacturing process for small-scale medical devices, a sensor-based system to conduct early screening for Parkinson’s disease, and a systems thinking model that was used as the basis for chronic kidney disease care coordination across 13 practice sites. Her applied research has engaged numerous companies including AT&T, Highmark, Siemens, Verizon as well as several hospitals. She has authored a groundbreaking textbook, Healthcare Systems Engineering, and more than 50 journal publications, been PI or co-PI on over $3.5 million in research funding, and advised 17 PhD candidates and postdoctoral researchers. As a Fellow of Drexel University’s Executive Leadership in Academic Technology, Engineering and Science (ELATES) program, she led a study on the role of academic leadership in supporting the health and well-being of student-athletes at risk of concussion and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).
Dr. Nembhard’s work has been recognized by election as a Fellow of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE), as a Fellow of the American Society for Quality (ASQ), and as a recipient of the ASQ Feigenbaum Medal. She is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the vice-chair of the ASME Department Heads Executive Committee. She is also a member of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) and the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS). Throughout her career, she has been active in mentoring women and underrepresented groups in the academic institution and has frequently led programs to positively impact STEM education, equity and inclusion, and global learning.
She serves as a member-volunteer for the ARCS Foundation and as an alumna-trustee of Claremont McKenna College.
She has been at Oregon State since 2016.