“Providing great talent with great opportunity can make a great difference.”

Such was a key part of the message delivered by G. Don Taylor, executive vice provost and the Charles O. Gordon Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Virginia Tech, who recently spoke at the second annual Douglas C. Montgomery Distinguished Lecture at Arizona State University’s Tempe campus.

This April, a crowd of students, faculty and community members convened at an event presented by the School of Computing and Augmented Intelligence, part of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at ASU, to contemplate the toughest challenges facing humanity and how industrial engineering might help solve them.

Supported by ASU Regents Professor Douglas C. Montgomery, the series brings leading experts to ASU and creates a forum to tackle the industrial engineering challenges of today and tomorrow.

Taylor checked all the boxes. The prominent systems engineer has served as principal investigator or co-principal investigator on more than 60 externally funded projects. His research has led to the publication of 10 books, more than 75 journal articles and book chapters, and more than 120 conference papers and technical reports. He is a fellow and a past president of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers and a registered Professional Engineer.

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