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Oklahoma State University

Kolarik, William J.

Ph.D., P. E.

Emeritus Professor

Industrial Engineering & Management
Oklahoma State University
354 Engineering North
Stillwater, Oklahoma 74078-5016 USA
Phone: (405) 744-6055


Areas of Interest

  • Process definition, design, control/measurement, and improvement
  • Quality system design, analysis, and modeling
  • Reliability analysis and modeling

Academic Qualifications

Ph.D., Oklahoma State University 1977
M.S.I.E., Louisiana State University 1973
B.S.I.E., Louisiana State University 1971

Professional Experience

William J. Kolarik, Ph.D., P.E., is Professor and Bentley Chair of Industrial Engineering at Oklahoma State University. Dr. Kolarik served as head of the department from 1999 until 2013. He is active in both research and applications associated with production systems. On the applications side, he is the Director of the Oklahoma Industrial Assessment Center, which works with small/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 has served as a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Examiner for five years. He has published a number of books, articles, and proceedings papers dealing with his experience in research and profession practice.



Kolarik, W. J., “Problem Solving and Quality Improvement – Management and Planning Tools,” Chapter in, The Certified Quality Engineer Handbook, 2nd Edition, R. Berger, et al. Editors, Milwaukee, WI: ASQ Press, 2001.

Kolarik, W. J., Process Discipline, Seventy Edition, copyrighted field/training manual, 200+ pages, 2001.

Kolarik, W. J., Creating Quality: Process Design for Results, New York, NY: McGraw-Hill, 600 pages, 1999.

Kolarik, W. J., Creating Quality: Concepts, Systems, Strategies, and Tools, New York, NY: McGraw-Hill, 900 pages, 1995.

Archived Journals

Kolarik, W., J. Woldstad, S. Lu, and H. Lu, “Human Performance Reliability: On –Line Assessment Using Fuzzy Logic,” IIE Transactions, Vol. 36, No. 5, pp. 457-467, 2004.

Dalal, N., M. Kamath, W. Kolarik, and E. Sivaraman ,“Towards an Integrated Framework for Modeling Enterprise Processes,” Communications of the ACM, Vol. 47, No. 3, pp. 83-87, 2004.

Lu, H., W. Kolarik, and S. Lu, “Real-Time Performance Reliability Prediction,” IEEE Transactions on Reliability, Vol. 50, No. 4, pp. 353-357, 2001.

Lu, S., H. Lu, and W. Kolarik, “Multivariate Performance Reliability Prediction in Real-Time,” Reliability Engineering and System Safety, Vol. 72, No. 1, pp. 39-45, 2001.

Conference Proceedings

Kolarik, W., S. Earni, and J. Taylor, “Process Control Concepts for Integrating Quality and Productivity,” IIE Research Conference 03 Proceedings, CD, 2003.

Kolarik, W., “A Process Design and Integration Theory,” IIE Research 02 Proceedings, CD, 2002.

Kamath, M., N. Dalal, W. Kolarik, A. Lau, E. Sivaram, A. Chaugule, S. Choudhury, A. Gupta, and R. Channahalli “An Integrated Framework for Process and Performance Modeling of Next-Generation Enterprise Systems: Design and Development Issues,” University Synergy Program (USP 2001) Proceedings, CD, 2001.

Kamath, M., N. Dalal, W. Kolarik, A. Chaugule, and E. Sivaram, “Process-Modeling Techniques for Enterprise Analysis and Design: A Comparative Evaluation,” IIE Research 01 Proceedings, CD, 2001.

Awards, Honors and Professional Society Memberships

  • Member American Society for Quality
  • Member American Society of Engineering Education
  • Fellow Institute of Industrial Engineers
  • Member Society of Manufacturing Engineers
  • Member Alpha Pi Mu
  • Member Phi Kappa Phi
  • Member Tau Beta Pi