AFIT dean receives professional society’s highest honor Published Feb. 16, 2022 By Katie Scott, Air Force Institute of Technology MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. -- Dr. Adedeji Badiru, dean of the Graduate School of Engineering and Management at the Air Force Institute of Technology is the recipient of the 2022 Industrial Engineering and Operations Management Society International Frederick Winslow Taylor Award. The award will be presented at the society’s international conference in March. “Efficient and effective operations management is at the heart of every organization. I am delighted to receive this award in recognition of what my colleagues and I have done in operations management for several decades. Onward with teamwork and collective successes,” said Badiru. The IEOM Frederick Winslow Taylor Award is the highest award presented by the society to recognize members who have distinguished themselves in the IEOM field through scholarly publications, leadership accomplishments, technical achievements including patents, scientific methods invented to improve and elevate mankind’s welfare, and long and distinguished service to the profession and community. In a letter to Badiru, Dr. Hamid Parsaei, chair, Global Council and Dr. Ahad Ali, executive director, IEOM Society International, wrote that Badiru’s “… scholarship, lifelong dedication to profession, leadership, and unparalleled service to the IEOM Society … are exemplary and indeed exceptional.” Badiru’s career as an industrial engineer extends over 37 years. He joined the Graduate School of Engineering and Management in 2006 as the head of the Systems Engineering and Management department. He was promoted to the school’s dean in 2013 where he is responsible for planning, directing, and controlling operations related to granting doctoral and master’s degrees, professional continuing cyber education, and research and development programs. A prolific author and mentor, Badiru has written or co-authored more than 35 books, 30 book chapters, 130 journal and magazine articles, and more than 200 conference presentations. His areas of interest include mathematical modeling, project modeling and analysis, economic analysis, systems engineering models, and efficiency/productivity analysis and improvement. He is the developer of the trademarked “DEJI Systems Model” for systems Design, Evaluation, Justification, and Integration. Badiru earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering, master’s degrees in mathematics and industrial engineering from Tennessee Technological University, and a doctoral degree in industrial engineering from the University of Central Florida. He is a registered professional engineer and a certified Project Management Professional. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineering and a Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Engineering. He is a member of several professional associations and scholastic honor societies, including the Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences and the American Society for Engineering Education.