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Former IIE leader passes away

'Very good man' served institute well in the 1980s 

From staff reports

Robert D. (Bob) Dryden, a 39-year member and fellow of IIE, died July 6 while sitting next to his wife, Jean, in their house in Blacksburg, Va.

Dryden had been an active participant and leader in IIE in the 1980s, said IIE CEO Don Greene, who also called Dryden “a very good man.” Dryden was honored with IIE’s Albert G. Holzman Distinguished Educator Award in 1993. He also received IIE’s Ergonomics Division Award in 1987 and Management Division Award in 1985.

Dundar F. Kocaoglu, professor and chair of the Department of Engineering and Technology Management at Portland State University, said he was “deeply saddened” by Dryden’s passing. Dryden, a professor in his department since 2008, had been recuperating from a heart attack.

Dryden spent about 13 years as dean of engineering at Portland State. During that time, the Portland State University School of Engineering became the Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science and the Engineering Management Program became the Department of Engineering and Technology Management. While serving as dean of Maseeh College, Dryden also had dual responsibility as the vice chancellor for engineering for the Oregon University System for several years. He previously served as chairman of the Industrial and Systems Engineering Department at Virginia Tech, on the faculty at the University of Texas at Arlington and as chair of the industrial engineering department at Wichita State University.

In industry, he had worked for the Conoco Pipe Line Company. He earned his B.S. and M.S. in industrial engineering and management from Oklahoma State University and his Ph.D. from Texas Tech University.

A private memorial service has been scheduled, according to Portland State University.

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