Suraj M Alexander earned his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Madras, India. He received his masters and doctoral degrees in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech). He is a Licensed Professional Engineer and a Certified Quality Engineer.
Dr. Alexander completed industrial engineering internships at the Coleman Furniture Company, in Pulaski, Virginia, and at the State Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in Baltimore, Maryland. During these internships, he worked in areas of quality improvement, inventory control, facilities design and methods improvement. He also was employed as a Design Engineer at Corning, Inc., for over two years. Following this, he joined the faculty of the Department of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research at Virginia Tech.
At present, Dr. Alexander is a professor in the Department of Industrial Engineering at the University of Louisville. He served the department as chairman for ten years. He has received the dean’s award for distinguished service and the dean’s award for outstanding research. His teaching and research are in the areas of quality assurance, process quality monitoring, diagnosis and control, sustainable systems design, production systems design, risk management, and decision support systems. He received the award of excellence for contributions and outstanding achievements in the areas of Quality and Reliability Engineering from the Institute of Industrial Engineers. He served on the editorial board of the journal “Quality Engineering”, and the advisory board of the Logistics and Distribution Institute at the University of Louisville. Dr. Alexander is a Fellow of the Institute of Industrial Engineers and the American Society of Quality. His past leadership positions include President of the Louisville Chapter of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, Director of the Design Interest Group of the Institute of Industrial Engineers, and Education Chairman of the Louisville Chapter of the American Society for Quality. He was also served on the Board of Directors of the Advanced Technology Council and the Louisville Chapter of the Institute of Industrial Engineers.