Thomas Sharkey of Clemson University wins Fellow Award from the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers

April 1, 2024

Colleagues at Clemson University and beyond are congratulating Thomas Sharkey, a professor of industrial engineering, for winning the Fellow Award from the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE).

Fellow is the highest classification of IISE membership and “recognizes outstanding leaders of the profession who have made significant, nationally recognized contributions to industrial and systems engineering,” according to the institute.

Sharkey has been described as an outstanding researcher, a passionate supporter of colleagues, an active promoter of populations regardless of background and an excellent and innovative teacher.

Colleagues said he is highly engaged in the profession and IISE and that he is leading the development of the next generation of industrial and systems engineers.

Sharkey’s pioneering research spans from disrupting human-trafficking networks to infrastructure resilience. His work showcases his rigorous approach and practical solutions, colleagues said.

Sharkey’s record includes 54 high-quality manuscripts published in archival journals, plus additional refereed proceedings. Colleagues said his work is of very high quality and that he has garnered significant funding, including a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation.

Sharkey has received three best track paper awards at various conferences, including two from the IISE annual conferences in 2010 and 2017.