Dr. Emory W. Zimmers, Jr. is Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE), and the Director of the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science Enterprise Systems Center (ESC) at Lehigh University. His research interests include computer control of industrial systems, agility applications in manufacturing, logistics and distribution systems, new techniques in multi-media distance learning, entrepreneurship, and leadership development. His research often involves collaboration among education, industry, and government partners to implement new findings.
As Center Director he is responsible for leading multi-disciplinary project teams that analyze factory or general business operations and design improved systems in collaboration with the center's industry and governmental partners. These programs utilize students from a variety of disciplines and grades from local high school students through the Ph.D. and post-doc level. Dr. Zimmers has served as principal investigator on more than 1000 research and technology transfer projects with over 400 industry partners. He has co-authored or been responsible for at least 76 papers and 288 technical reports. He is the co-author of the text titled CAD/CAM: Computer-Aided Design and Manufacturing. He has been elected a Fellow of both the Institute of Industrial Engineers and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. He has been the recipient of Lehigh University's Robinson Award for outstanding performance in service to the university.