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Bill Kolarik earned his BS and MS degrees in IE from Louisiana State University in 1971 and 1973. He then earned his PhD degree from IEM at OSU in 1977. He joined the OSU IEM faculty in 1999 from Texas Tech University and served as Head of IEM for 14 years, from 1999 until 2013. He retired in 2017.
Dr. Kolarik’s interests are in (1) process definition, design, control/measurement, and improvement, (2) quality system design, analysis, and modeling, and (3) reliability analysis and modeling. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE) and a Member of American Society for Quality (ASQ); American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE); Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), and honorary societies Alpha Pi Mu (IE), Tau Beta Pi (Engineering), and Phi Kappa Phi (University).
Dr. Kolarik was active in both research and applications associated with production systems. On the applications side, he was Director of the Oklahoma Industrial Assessment Center, which works with small and medium-sized manufacturers in Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas and Texas. His research interests are focused on process analysis and modeling regarding quality, reliability, and productivity, to gain and hold competitive advantage.
Dr. Kolarik served as a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Examiner for five years.He has published several books, articles, and proceedings papers dealing with his experience in research and professional practice.