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Kim LaScola Needy

Kim LaScola Needy

Dean for the Graduate School and International Education

and Dean of Graduate School and International Education

Graduate School and International Education

(GRAD)-Graduate School

Phone: 479-575-7762

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Dr. Kim LaScola Needy was named Dean of the Graduate School and International Education at the University of Arkansas in 2014.  Prior to this appointment she was Department Head and 21st Century Professor of Industrial Engineering at the University of Arkansas.  She received her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Industrial Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh, and her Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from Wichita State University.  Prior to her academic appointment, she gained industrial experience while working at PPG Industries and The Boeing Company.  Her first faculty appointment was at the University of Pittsburgh.  Dr. Needy’s research interests include engineering management, engineering economic analysis, sustainable engineering, and integrated resource management.  She is Past President of the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE), holding a Fellow membership status, a Fellow of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), a Fellow of the American Society for Engineering Management (ASEM), a member of the American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS) and a member of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE).  She is a licensed Professional Engineer in Kansas.

Dr. Needy was drawn to industrial engineering because she liked the idea of working with people and helping businesses improve their processes. “I selected it and never looked back,” says Dr. Needy, the head of the industrial engineering department and Twenty-First Century Professor in Engineering.


After receiving her bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh, Dr. Needy worked in the field of information technology at PPG Industries and Boeing, earning a master’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh and then a Ph.D. from Wichita State in the evenings after work.


While she was at Boeing, Dr. Needy had an opportunity to train other professionals, and she discovered a love for teaching. So when a faculty position opened at her alma mater, she applied for the job. After spending 15 years at the University of Pittsburgh, Dr. Needy accepted a position as department head for the University of Arkansas industrial engineering department.


Dr. Needy explains that her industry experience is a big advantage when it comes to teaching. “One of the things I feel I can bring to the classroom is a lot of motivation for the subject matter and practical experience,” she says. “Students say, ‘does anybody really do this stuff?’ and I like to bring in examples of how these things are really used.”
Dr. Needy’s research interests include engineering management, sustainability and supply chain optimization. One of her current research projects focuses on product design with the supply chain in mind. “We’re looking at how to design a product while simultaneously considering impacts on the supply chain,” she explains. Through this research, Dr. Needy and her students are helping companies consider the bigger picture when they design products and choose suppliers.
While Dr. Needy’s research has led to 95 refereed publications and recognition by societies such as the Institute of Industrial Engineers, which has named her a Fellow, Dr. Needy explains that her first love is still teaching. “Teaching is the reason I came into academia,” she says. “I love working with students.”

  • Engineering Management
  • Engineering Economic Analysis
  • Sustainable Engineering
  • Integrated Resource Management
  • Engineering Management
  • Project Management
  • Engineering Economic Analysis
  • Senior Design
  • B.S.I.E, University of Pittsburgh
  • M.S.I.E, University of Pittsburgh
  • Ph.D., Wichita State University  
  • AlMaian, R. Y., Needy, K. L., Alves, T. C. L., Walsh, K. D., & Scala, N. M. (September

  • Scala, N. M., Rajgopal, J., Vargas, L. G., & Needy, K. L., (March 2016). Group decision making with dispersion in the analytic hierarchy process.Group Decision and Negotiation, 25(2), 355-372.

  • AlMaian, R. Y., Needy, K. L., Walsh, K. D., & Alves, T. C. L. (February

  • AlMaian, R. Y., Needy, K. L., Alves, T. C. L., & Walsh, K. D. (January 2016). Analyzing effective supplier quality management practices using simple multi-attribute rating technique and value focused thinking. Journal of Management in Engineering, 32(1).

  • Neuman, Y., Alves, T. C. L., Walsh, K. D., & Needy, K. L. (November 2015). A quantitative analysis of supplier quality surveillance practices in EPC projects. Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 141(11).

  • Claypool, E., Norman, B. A., & Needy, K. L. (2015). Design for supply chain:  An analysis of key risk factors. Industrial Engineering & Management, 4(1), doi:10.4172/2169-0316.1000156.

  • AlMaian, R. Y., Needy, K. L., Walsh, K. D., & Alves, T. C. L. (2015). Supplier quality management inside and outside the construction industry. Engineering Management Journal, 27(1), 11-22.

  • Claypool, E., Needy, K. L., & Norman, B. A. (2014). Computers & Industrial Engineering, 78(2014), 44-54.

  • Thiel, C. L., Needy, K. L., Ries, R., Hupp, D., & Bilec, M. (2014). Building design and performance: A comparative longitudinal assessment of a Children’s hospital. Building and Environment, 78(0), 130-136.

  • Scala, N. M., Rajgopal, J., & Needy, K. L., (2014). Managing nuclear spare parts inventories: A data driven methodology.IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, 61(1), 28-37.

  • Scala, N. M., Rajgopal, J., Needy, & K. L., (2013). A base stock inventory management system for intermittent spare parts. Military Operations Research, 18(3), 63-77.

  • Turan, F. K., & Needy, K. L. (2013). A quantitative decision model towards maximizing organizational sustainability. Engineering Management Journal, 25(1), 3-18.

  • Gokhan, N. M., Needy, K. L., & Norman, B. A. (2010). Development of a simultaneous design for supply chain process for the optimization of the product design and supply chain configuration problem. Engineering Management Journal, 22(4), 20-30.

  • Bilec, M. M., Geary, M., Ries, R. J., Needy, K. L., & Cashion, M. (2010) A method for quantifying the benefits of greening a healthcare facility. Engineering Management Journal, 22(3), 3-11.

  • Bilec, M. M., Ries, R., Needy, K. L., Gokhan, N. M., Phelps, A. F., Enache-Pommer, E., Horman, M. J., Little, S. E., Powers, T. L., McGregor, E., & Sheane, C. (2009). Analysis of the design process of green children’s hospitals: Focus on process modeling and lessons learned. Journal of Green Building, 41(1), 121-134.

  • Paulk, M. C., Needy, K. L., & Rajgopal, J. (2009). Identify outliers, understand the process. Software Quality Professional Journal, 11(2), 28-37.

  • Ries, R., Gokhan, N. M., Bilec, M., & Needy, K. L. (2006). The economic benefits of green buildings: A comprehensive case study. The Engineering Economist, 51(3), 259-295. Third most frequently downloaded article from informaworld in 2009. Second most frequently downloaded article from informaworld in 2010. Third most frequently downloaded article from informaworld in 2011.

  • Abdulmalek, F. A., Rajgopal, J., & Needy, K. L. (2006). A classification scheme for the process industry to guide the implementation of lean. Engineering Management Journal, 18(2), 15-25.

  • Bidanda, B., Ariyawongrat, P., Needy, K. L., Norman, B. A., & Tharmmaphornphilas, W. (2005). Human related issues in manufacturing cell design, implementation, and operation: A review & survey. Computers & Industrial Engineering, 48(2005), 507-523.

  • Roztocki, N., Porter, J. D., Thomas, R. M., & Needy, K. L. (2004). A procedure for smooth implementation of activity-based costing in small companies. Engineering Management Journal, 16(4), 19-27.

  • Wilson, J. P., Walsh, M. A. T., & Needy, K. L. (2003). An examination of the economic benefits of ISO 9000 and the Baldrige award to manufacturing firms. Engineering Management Journal, 15(4), 3-10.Winner of the Merrit Williamson Best Paper Award at the American Society for Engineering Management 2003 Conference in St. Louis, MO.

  • Needy, K. L., Nachtmann, H., Roztocki, N., Warner, R. C., & Bidanda, B. (2003). Implementing activity based costing systems in small manufacturing firms: A field study. Engineering Management Journal, 15(1), 3-10.Winner of the 2004 Ted Eschenbach Best Engineering Management Journal Paper Award in Volume 15.

  • Nachtmann, H., & Needy, K. L. (2003). Methods for handling uncertainty in activity based costing systems. The Engineering Economist, 48(3), 259-282.Winner of the 2004 Eugene L. Grant Award presented to the best paper published in Volume 48 of The Engineering Economist.

  • Needy, K. L., Norman, B. A., Bidanda, B., Ariyawongrat, P., Tharmmaphornphilas, W., & Warner, R. C. (2002). Assessing human capital: A lean manufacturing example.Engineering Management Journal, 14(3), 35-39.

  • Norman, B. A., Tharmmaphornphilas, W., Needy, K. L., Bidanda, B., & Warner, R. C. (2002). Worker assignment in cellular manufacturing considering technical and human skills. International Journal of Production Research., 40(6), 1479-1492.