Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management and the Case School of Engineering today announced that George Vairaktarakis, a faculty member from the department of operations at the Weatherhead School, has been appointed co-director of The Institute for Management and Engineering (TiME) effective June 30, 2005.
Vairaktarakis replaces Dale Flowers, one of the founding co-directors of TiME and a fellow Weatherhead faculty member, who will be moving on to pursue a new venture, Supply Chain Associates, which he has started with several colleagues. The plan for the venture is to enlist teams of faculty, students and practitioners to attack the most complex and vexing supply chain problems and to contribute what they learn to the body of knowledge in this very important field.
Vairaktarakis has taught project management in the master of engineering and management (MEM) program since its inception and has been a significant contributor to the success of the program in that role. Vairaktarakis has been a member of the program development team and shares the same excitement and aspirations for its success. He holds a doctoral degree in industrial engineering and was the recipient of the Lewis-Progressive chair in management.
“We are fortunate to have such a strong supporter of TiME and a very qualified administrator to represent the school in the program,” states Myron Roomkin, Dean of the Weatherhead School of Management.
TiME is a partnership between the management and engineering schools at Case. Flowers chaired the Curriculum Development Team that designed the integrated MEM degree program prior to being named co-director. TiME was formed in 2000 to foster integration between engineering and management via its academic programs, technology commercialization and research activities. During Flowers’ tenure, TiME has grown substantially as evidenced by the strong numbers of graduates from the MEM program and the success of the Calling All Serious Entrepreneurs (CASE) Business Launch Competition. Its students have received a reputation for competing successfully against other programs at the most prestigious universities in the country. Edward M. Hundert, M.D., president of Case, has called it a model for the type of interdisciplinary educational innovations that illustrate Case is vision to become one of the most powerful learning environments in the world.
“TiME has been a fantastic experience for me, one that I will always treasure,” said Flowers. “It is poised to achieve great things moving forward, and I will continue to support it in any way that I can.”
Roomkin expressed his appreciation for the excellent pioneering work that Flowers and his colleagues have done at TiME and looks forward to Flowers’ full-time return to the Weatherhead faculty.
Robert Savinell, dean of the Case School of Engineering, remarked, “Dr. Flowers provided leadership in developing the vision and building this innovative program. His dedication over the years gave the program continuity and created its identity. We will miss him.”