School of Industrial Engineering and Management 
College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology,  Oklahoma State University
Engineering North Renovation Update #9
The IEM Reception Area in Engineering North to be named in honor of Dr. John Nazemetz!
A note from the donor
Brenda Shumate 

Brenda (Curtis) Shumate is a 1991 graduate of Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering and Management and is currently the Director of Pipeline Control for the Williams Companies. She has a minor in statistics, an MBA and is a current graduate student in Oklahoma State University's MSETM program. For over 25 years, Brenda has managed a successful career in the oil and gas industry focused on equipment reliability, safety, supply chain and operations with expertise achieving efficiency using Lean Six Sigma. Her passion for mentorship and her alma matter has led her to be an active member of the Industrial Engineering Advisory Board, a mentor for IEM senior design teams and a guest lecturer at schools, universities and industry events across the United States. Brenda and her husband, Casey have been married 25 years and have three grown children, Cody, Brad and Brooke. Go Pokes! 

"I chose to honor Dr. John Nazemetz for his dedication to Oklahoma State students over 39 years. As a student in his Industrial Process courses, I learned the application side of the subject matter and the importance to learn from actual observation and application. He instilled practicality in the theoretical engineering education and level-set me on the importance of learningand not just grades. His sarcasm and humor kept the daunting challenges of the college years in perspective and his influence inspired me to be a lifelong learner in all that I do. I hope the space is used to continue that type of influence in students for years to come."


Brenda, the entire IEM family thanks you for your contributions towards the advancement of IEM. We are touched that you chose to honor a star IEM faculty member in this manner. Thanks in part to your efforts, students will receive 21st century education in 21st century facilities. 
About the honoree
John Nazemetz 

Dr. John W. Nazemetz, the longest-serving faculty member in the history of the OSU School of IEM, retired in 2017 after a stellar 39-year career. After joining IEM in 1978, soon after completing his dissertation at Lehigh University, Dr. Nazemetz enjoyed a successful career contributing to the building of the skill sets of many generations of OSU students. 
He taught numerous courses at Oklahoma State University and is most remembered by alumni for his effective teaching of the Introduction to Industrial Engineering, Project Management, Manufacturing Processes, Manufacturing Systems, Robotics, and the Senior Design courses. He was an early advocate of on-line learning and delivered one of the first satellite-delivered courses offered by OSU. His courses set aspirational performance goals and enabled students to acquire hands-on, real-world based experiences and assess their mastery of the topics. He provided abundant feedback on assignments in an effort to enable each student to enhance both their technical and presentation skills. Over the years, his Masters and Senior Design students executed over 250 industrial projects at a broad range of manufacturing and service organizations and a majority of his Ph.D. students have gone on to become Deans at their respective universities. Students appreciate the knowledge and skills they gained and were able to apply after their graduation.
Dr. Nazemetz was also active in research and service throughout his career. Over his career, he and his students successfully executed nearly $7 million in research contracts and, along with the Deans of Engineering at the University of Oklahoma and Tulsa University, he administered the $3 million Center for Aerospace Systems Infrastructure (CASI) programs that assisted Tinker Air Force Base and the Aerospace industries of Oklahoma. He organized the program for the first American Institute of Industrial Engineers (AIIE) international research conference and was later named "Outstanding Young Industrial Engineer of the Year" by that organization. He served on many University committees and served as Chair of the College and University Faculty Councils. He has co-authored and co-edited three books, was the Associate Editor of the Computers and Industrial Engineering: An International Journal, published by Pergamon Press and edited an ISO standard. In addition, Dr. Nazemetz has delivered many seminars on robotics and automation, trained instructors for Project Lead the Way - the high school pre-engineering curricula established to help address the national engineering shortage, and published numerous refereed journal and conference proceedings papers. He has served as a member and chair on the boards of the Stillwater Sheltered Workshop and Judith Karman Hospice and currently is an active volunteer, building houses with the Stillwater Habitat for Humanity.

EN 3rd Floor Layout
Floor plan and naming opportunities

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