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A University-Based Organizational Platform to Leverage Regional Economic Development

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


New Orleans, Louisiana

Publication Date

June 26, 2016

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June 26, 2016

End Date

August 28, 2016





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Industrial Engineering Division Technical Session 3

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Industrial Engineering

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David Elizandro Tennessee Technological University

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David Elizandro is a professor of engineering at Tennessee Tech University where he teaches decision sciences in the Department of Computer Science. He earned a BS in chemical engineering, MBA, and PhD in industrial engineering. Professor Elizandro has served in a variety of administrative and leadership roles in science and engineering education.

Professor Elizandro has numerous publications and presentations in areas such as expert systems, data communications, distributed simulation, adaptive control systems, digital signal processing, and integrating technology into engineering education. He has also been an industry consultant on in discrete event modelling for strategic planning.

Professor Elizandro received the University Distinguished Faculty Award, Texas A&M, Commerce and College of Engineering Brown-Henderson Award at Tennessee Tech University. He served as Governor’s Representative for Highway Safety in Arkansas and member of the National Highway Safety Advisory Commission during the Jimmy Carter presidency. He is also a member of Tau Beta Pi, Alpha Pi Mu, and Upsilon Pi Epsilon honor societies.

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Over a half century ago Edwards Deming demonstrated that systems engineering concepts can be applied to any business or service enterprise. This paper presents an integrated systems approach to administering regional economic development in the Upper Cumberland based on Deming’s System of Profound Knowledge and the Appalachian Regional Commission definitions of Program Areas.

The system includes an organizational platform; a strategic planning process based on quantitative measures of regional employment and Appalachian Regional Commission definitions of Program Areas; and a methodology for prioritizing regional economic development activities. University engagement enables the region to leverage analytical capability and provides Deming’s Constancy of Purpose in the approach to economic development.

Elizandro, D. (2016, June), A University-Based Organizational Platform to Leverage Regional Economic Development Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26480

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