Prof. Kennington: Distinguished University Citizen Award

JeffEMIS Professor Jeff Kennington was recognized at the May graduation ceremonies with the 2008 Distinguished University Citizen Award. The following announcement outlines his many contributions to the university, school, and department.


2008 Distinguished University Citizen Award: Jeff Kennington

Professor Kennington received his undergraduate degree in industrial engineering from the University of Arkansas, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology.

Upon finishing his Ph.D. in 1973 he came to the SMU School of Engineering to join the Computer Science/Operations Research Center as an Assistant Professor and was promoted through the system to become Professor in 1984. That original Center became the Department of Operations Research and Engineering Management. He served as Department Chair from 1980-1989 and then became Department Chair of the reconfigured Department of Computer Science and Engineering until 1994. From 2001 through today he has been a member of the Department of Engineering Management, Information, and Systems

Jeff's research interests are in the areas of telecommunications design, network flows, and integer programming. He has co-published one book, co-edited another and co-written a significant chapter for the Handbook of Optimization in Telecommunications. Since earning his Ph.D. and coming to SMU, Jeff has co-authored 62 journal articles. Over this time he has been the principal investigator for sponsored research projects totaling over $3.4M.

Jeff's teaching consistently has been noted by students through the years as exemplary. In 2003 he received the United Methodist Church Scholar/Teacher Award, and in 2004 he was recognized as an SMU Distinguished Teaching Professor. He shared his expertise for the next two years as a member of the SMU Academy of Distinguished Teachers. He has supervised 25 Ph.D. and Doctor of Engineering students.

As Jeff has maintained a steady and highly respected career in research and teaching, he has consistently contributed to his profession, the university, and the engineering school. Besides being department chair, he has served on the faculty senate, many committees and task forces, and 2 terms on the Provost's tenure and promotion advisory committee. Jeff has been a member of the “guilded graduation marshals” for approximately 20 years.

Jeff Kennington has been a respected colleague for so many of us. He is truly a Distinguished University Citizen.

Congratulations, Jeff Kennington, and thank you for all that you have done to make this a better university.