Meet the Dean

Ed Pohl

Ed Pohl became the dean of the Graduate School and International Education in June 2023, where he leads the university's graduate and international education efforts.

Pohl has served at the U of A for nearly 20 years, beginning as an associate professor of industrial engineering. From 2007 to 2014, he was the director of the operations management master's degree program, one of the largest graduate programs at the U of A. In 2010, he also became the director of the Master of Science in engineering program. He served as the director of the Center for Innovation in Healthcare Logistics from 2013 to 2017, and he was promoted to full professor in 2013. He served as the head of the Department of Industrial Engineering from 2014-2023 and holds the 21st Century Professorship in Engineering.

As a scholar, Pohl has conducted research in risk, reliability, engineering optimization, healthcare logistics and supply chain risk analysis, decision making and quality. He has contributed to 83 refereed journals, 17 book chapters, 87 conference papers and more than 200 conference presentations.

Prior to joining the U of A, Pohl spent 21 years in the U.S. Air Force, where he retired as a lieutenant colonel. Pohl spent his entire military career serving in a variety of engineering, operations analysis and academic positions. He was an associate professor of systems engineering at the U.S. Military Academy West Point, and before that position, he was an assistant professor of aerospace and systems engineering at the Air Force Institute of Technology. Other military assignments include serving as the deputy director of the Operations Research Center at the U.S. Military Academy, operations research analyst in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, munitions logistics manager at the Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center and training systems engineer for the B-2 program.

Pohl received his Ph.D. in systems and industrial engineering from the University of Arizona. He holds an M.S. in systems engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology, an M.S. in reliability engineering from the University of Arizona, an M.S. in engineering management from the University of Dayton and a B.S. in electrical engineering from Boston University.


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