Meet the Dean
Kim LaScola Needy
Kim LaScola Needy was named dean of the Graduate School and International Education in August 2014. She is the first woman appointed to lead the school since it was founded in 1927 and is the eighth dean in the school’s history.
Needy is a national leader in the field of industrial engineering and holds the Twenty-First Century Professorship in Engineering. Before her appointment as dean, she spent nearly six years as the head of the Department of Industrial Engineering in the University of Arkansas’ College of Engineering. Prior to her work at the University of Arkansas, she was at the University of Pittsburgh. She has also worked in industry at the Boeing Company and PPG Industries.
Her research interests include engineering management, engineering economic analysis, sustainable engineering, and integrated resource management. She is Past President of the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE), holding a Fellow membership status, a Fellow of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), a Fellow of the American Society for Engineering Management (ASEM), a member of the American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS) and a member of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). She is a licensed Professional Engineer in Kansas.
Needy earned a doctorate in industrial engineering from Wichita State University and holds both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in industrial engineering from the University of Pittsburgh.