Professor Robert Rich

Assistant Professor of Industrial Engineering
School of Engineering and Computational Sciences

Robert Rich is an assistant professor in the School of Engineering and Computational Sciences at Liberty University.  He has over fifteen years of industry experience as a consultant and entrepreneur.  Robert has provided manufacturing expertise for various companies in the areas of production planning, manufacturing and supply chain optimization, data analysis / simulation as well as integrated-enterprise applications expertise for companies including Glaxo Smith Kline, Warner Robins AFB, Tinker AFB, Hill AFB, Imerys Mining, World Minerals Mining, and USAF Logistics Command at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. In addition, Robert and a few professional colleagues developed a niche technical market for machineries specific to mining and geological industry.  They formed a corporation, Enterprise Systems Solutions, Inc., a consulting company geared toward these specific related technological niches.  Robert served the company as CEO and later as the CFO.  ESS, Inc. has primary operations in North Carolina, Georgia, Virginia, California, and Mexico.   Additionally, Robert has served as a military officer in various military campaigns around the world.  Currently, Robert teaches Facilities Design, Data Simulation-Monte Carlo Simulation, and Information Systems for Engineers.  He holds a Master’s Degree in Engineering from North Carolina State University and is completing his Ph.D. at Virginia Polytechnic and State University.  His areas of research include Monte Carlo Simulation techniques in the area of planning and optimization of MRO operations.

Education

  • Ph.D., (Cnd.) Industrial & Systems Engineering—Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)
  • Masters of Engineering (Integrated Manufacturing Systems Engineering)—North Carolina State University

Research Areas

  • Integrating Aggregated-Disaggregated-Master-Production-Scheduling to Shop Floor Dispatching using MC
  • MC for use in Real-Time Dispatching and Real-Time Scheduling
  • Production/Operations Management/Supply Chain Management
  • MC techniques for the planning and optimization of MRO operations

Professional Service

  • 2009 Liberty University, ABET (ISE) Accreditation Internal Committee
  • 2014 Liberty University Faculty Senate
  • 2014: Local Chapter Organizer: Institute of Industrial Engineers