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Blank, Leland

Lee Blank is the Interim Provost and Chief Academic Officer of the American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates. He was Dean of Engineering at AUS from 2001-05 and 2013-16, and holds the title of Dean Emeritus at AUS. Additionally, Dr. Blank is Professor Emeritus of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Texas A&M University. Dr. Blank started his teaching career at the University of Texas-El Paso after earning his PhD and MS in Industrial Engineering at Oklahoma State University. His industrial experience includes Southwestern Bell Telephone, GTE (now Verizon), and San Antonio Public Service. He served as a congressional appointee to the US Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration, and is a licensed PE in Texas. He is Past President and Fellow of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE), a Past President of Alpha Pi Mu, and received IISE’s Wellington Award for service to the engineering economy profession. Besides technical journal and research articles, he has co-authored 11 engineering textbooks and ebooks on the subjects of engineering economy and statistics. His latest texts are Engineering Economy, 8th edition, and Basics of Engineering Economy, 2nd edition.