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About Susan L. Murray

Dr. Susan L. Murray was named chair of psychological science at Missouri University of Science and Technology, July 1, 2017. Dr. Murray had served as interim chair since July 2015. Previously, Dr. Murray served as a professor of engineering management and systems engineering (EMSE). She joined the S&T faculty in 1994 as an assistant professor in EMSE. She was named associate professor in 2000 and was named professor in 2012. She served as associate chair of engineering management graduate studies at Missouri S&T from 2007 to 2008 and from 2009 to 2012.

Dr. Murray earned Bachelor of Science and Ph.D. degrees in industrial engineering from Texas A&M University in 1985 and 1994, respectively. She earned a Master of Science degree in industrial engineering from University of Texas-Arlington in 1988.

Dr. Murray’s research focuses on human factors, safety and human systems integration. Among other courses, Murray teaches Human Factors, which serves students in both engineering management and systems engineering and psychological science.

In 2016, Dr. Murray co-authored a book on risk management titled Human Fatigue Risk Management with Dr. Matthew Thimgan, assistant professor of biological sciences. The book focuses on ways to prevent human-related disasters like the Exxon Valdez oil spill and the Chernobyl nuclear incident by understanding the effects of sleep deprivation. Murray and Thimgan examined the American Petroleum Institute’s Recommended Practice (RP) 755 guidelines that are designed to reduce these types of incidents and developed a simple, objective and inexpensive metric to assess human sleepiness in real-world situations.

In 2013, Dr. Murray was named Fellow of the American Society for Engineering Management. She is also a member of Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society, Epsilon Mu Eta and the University of Missouri President’s Academic Leadership Institute. She has received numerous awards, including the Baker Service Award, the Best Paper Award and the Sarchet Lifetime Achievement Award from Engineering Management Division ASEE Conferences and a Meritorious Service Award from the American Society for Engineering Management. A faculty fellow at the Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center at Texas A&M University, she was named Missouri S&T’s Woman of the Year in 2000.

Positions

July 2017 - Present Department Chair, Missouri University of Science and Technology Psychological Science
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2012 - Present Professor, Missouri University of Science and Technology Psychological Science
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July 2015 - June 2017 Interim Chair, Missouri University of Science and Technology Psychological Science
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2009 - 2012 Associate Chair of Engineering Management Graduate Studies, Missouri University of Science and Technology Engineering Management and Systems Engineering
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2000 - 2012 Associate Professor, Missouri University of Science and Technology Engineering Management and Systems Engineering
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2007 - 2008 Associate Chair of Engineering Management Graduate Studies, Missouri University of Science and Technology Engineering Management and Systems Engineering
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1994 - 2000 Assistant Professor, Missouri University of Science and Technology Engineering Management and Systems Engineering
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1992 - 1994 Research Associate, University of Central Florida ‐ Industrial Engineering and Management Systems
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1990 - 1992 Lecturer, Texas A & M University - College Station ‐ Industrial Engineering
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1985 - 1990 Lead Industrial Engineer, LTV Aerospace and Defense Corp.
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Professional Service and Affiliations

2004 - Present Faculty Advisor, Epsilon Mu Eta (EMgt Honor Society)
2000 - 2002 Faculty Advisor, Society of Women Engineers
1999 - 2002 Faculty Advisor, 21st Century Leadership Academy, St. Louis, Missouri
1999 - 2000 Chair, American Society for Engineering Education, EM Division
1998 - 2000 Faculty Advisor, American Society for Engineering Management
1997 - 2000 Faculty Advisor, Institute of Industrial Engineers
1996 - 2000 Faculty Advisor, Association of Professional Societies
1994 - 1997 Faculty Advisor, Society of Manufacturing Engineers
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Honors and Awards

  • Finalist for Merritt Williamson Best Paper Award - ASEM Conference (1997)
  • Bernard Sarchet Award, Epsilon Mu Eta (2006)
  • UMR Woman of the Year (2000)
  • UMR Outstanding Teaching Award (1995-1996, 1997-1998, 1998-1999)
  • MSM-UMR Alumni Excellence in Teaching Award (1996)

Education

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1994 Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering, Texas A & M University - College Station
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1988 M.S. in Industrial Engineering, University of Texas at Arlington
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1985 B.S. in Industrial Engineering, Texas A & M University - College Station
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Contact Information

109 Humanities-Social Sciences
Missouri University of Science and Technology
Rolla, MO 65409

(573) 341-4038

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