Alumna earns engineering chair at Arkansas

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A University of Arkansas (UA) alumna and engineering professor has received the 2017-18 John L. Imhoff Chair in Industrial Engineering.

Ashlea Bennett Milburn, who launched her academic career with a bachelor’s degree from the university before receiving master’s and doctoral degrees from Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech, respectively, has been on the UA faculty since 2010.

Milburn won a $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation last year to look into improving emergency response via social media.

The Imhoff Chair was created in 1983 to honor the founder of the university’s industrial engineering department. Ed Pohl, the department chair, said Imhoff “had a vision for global cooperation and understanding, excellence in teaching and research, and had a commitment to the success of students."

He added that he sees the same qualities in Milburn.

“Dr. Milburn has provided a creative and comprehensive plan to uphold this vision," he said.

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