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Charles Purdum

Professor of Practice and Director of Industry Relations


  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

344 Leonhard Building


Research Areas:

Operations, Services, and Analytics




  • BS, Industrial Engineering, West Virginia University, 1978
  • MBA, Business, University of Massachusetts, 1987


Research Projects

Honors and Awards

  • Outstanding Faculty Award, PSU IISE Student Chapter, April 2019 - April 2020
  • Outstanding Faculty Award, Penn State University IISE Student Chapter, April 2018
  • University Teaching Award Nominee, PSU, September 2018 - September 2018


Service to Penn State:

  • Assistance to Student Organizations, Advisor, National Organization for Business and Engineering, November 2016

Service to External Organizations:

  • Service to Business and Industry, Coordinator, Director of Industry Relations, Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering, Charles Purdum, July 2018
  • Service to Business and Industry, Other, Associate Director, Service Enterprise Engineering 360 Initiative, Service Enterprise Engineering Advisory Board, August 2016 - June 2017



Home of the first established industrial engineering program in the world, the Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering (IME) at Penn State has made a name for itself in the engineering industry through its storied tradition of unparalleled excellence and innovation in research, education, and outreach.

We are Innovators. We are Makers. We are Excellence in Engineering. We are Penn State IME.

The Harold and Inge Marcus Department of
Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

310 Leonhard Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4400

Phone: 814-865-7601

FAX: 814-863-4745