Title: Emeritus Professor of Engineering
Location: Eureka, Illinois, United States
Dennis E. Kroll, Retired Engineering Educator, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in teaching.
With expertise in operations research and engineering economics, Dr. Kroll became involved in academia when he heard that there was a need for engineers who could teach. He had previously accrued 10 years of experience in roles such as development engineer for the Western Electric Company, senior industrial engineer for Sunbeam Products, Inc., senior manufacturing engineer for the Victor Comptometer Corporation, staff industrial engineer for Methode Electronics, and planning engineer for AT&T Technologies. This background made him an invaluable resource to Bradley University, which he joined as a professor of industrial engineering in 1981. During Dr. Kroll’s tenure with the school, he also held the positions of computer lab coordinator, advisor of the MSIE program, lab coordinator, and advisor of the BSIE program as well as sitting on the University Senate. He officially retired in 2015.
A respected voice in his community, Dr. Kroll has contributed to publications such as “Integrated Production-Inventory Models for Imperfect Production Processes under Inspection Schedules” for Computers & Industrial Engineering, “Training Counselors to Relate in a Global Community Using the Structured Interview Process” for the Illinois Counseling Association Journal, “Fuzzy Mapping of Functions onto Features in Detail Design” for the International Journal of Production Research, and to “The Single-Item Newsboy Problem with Dual Performance Measures and Quantity Discounts” for the European Journal of Operational Research. He also wrote articles for professional journals and chapters to books. He spoke at seminars and conferences, and served as a newsletter editor for the Industrial Engineering Division of the American Society for Engineering Education, and he has held a variety of other leadership roles with the organization as well.
Dr. Kroll prepared for his endeavors by earning a PhD from the University of Illinois in 1989, a Master of Science in industrial engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1973, and a Bachelor of Science in industrial engineering, cum laude, from Bradley University in 1970. Further, he is a certified system integrator through the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers and he has joined prominent professional groups including the Operations Research Society of America, the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers, and The Society for Cost Estimating and Analysis.
As a testament to his hard work and dedication, Dr. Kroll was selected as a grantee of the Council of Graduate Schools from 2006 to 2008 and as a grantee of the American Society for Engineering Education from 1998 to 2002. Additionally, he was honored with two Virtual Course Development Awards from Bradley University, a Simulation Laboratory Development Award at St. Francis Medical Center, a Laboratory Development Award from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, and the Science Award from Bausch & Lomb Incorporated.
In addition to his work in the field, Dr. Kroll was a founding member of the city liquor commission and a member of the police pension board for the city of Eureka, IL, a precinct committeeman of the Woodford County Republican Committee, a member of the water advisory committee for the city of Peoria, IL, a founding alderman of the city of West Peoria, IL, and the treasurer of the board of trustees of the West Peoria Street Lighting District. He has been a member of the board of trustees of Sigma Phi Delta fraternity since January 2018.
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