George J. Klir Named Professor in Systems Science

Binghamton, NY
Aug 21, 2019
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Category:: Faculty
Department:: Systems Science and Industrial Engineering
Locations:: Binghamton, NY
Posted:: Feb 8, 2019
Closes:: Open Until Filled
Type:: Full-time

About Binghamton University:

Binghamton University is a world-class institution that unites more than 130 broadly interdisciplinary educational programs with some of the most vibrant research in the nation. Our unique character - shaped by outstanding academics, facilities and community life - promotes extraordinary student success.

Binghamton merges rigorous academics, distinguished faculty and state-of-the-art facilities to engage and challenge its 17,000 students. The high-achieving Binghamton student body also represents a great diversity of life experiences, from first-generation college-goers to international students. Beyond their talent, these classmates share a desire to shape the future through technology, insight, intellectual exploration and community service.

Job Description:

The Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science at Binghamton University is seeking nominations and applications for the George J. Klir Named Professor in Systems Science position. This is a newly-created position made possible by a gift to honor the memory and work of the late George J. Klir, a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Systems Science at Binghamton University.

The candidate should demonstrate leading academic fortitude in the fields inspired by Dr. Klir's work in Systems Science, including, but not limited to: systems modeling, systems problem solving, soft computing, information theory, data science/analytics, computational intelligence, complex systems, fuzzy measure theory, general systems theory, generalized information theory, and other related topics. The position will carry the rank of tenured full professor in the Department of Systems Science and Industrial Engineering within the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science.

Other attributes of the desired candidate include:

  • International stature and visibility
  • A history of recognized teaching and scholarship
  • Reputation as a respected leader and mentor for graduate students and post-doctoral researchers

Responsibilities of the position will include:

  1. Intellectual leadership in systems science, including the growth of an active research group or/and interdisciplinary center
  2. Accomplishments in scholarly contribution commensurate with named professors, typically with externally sponsored research funds, supervision of graduate students, scholarly publications, and publicly visible lectures and presentations
  3. Responsible stewardship and use of endowment funds in order to support systems science studies at the University
  4. Promotion, representation, and advocacy of Binghamton University and its contributions toward relevant areas of systems science
  5. Interfaces and applications of systems science to the benefit of the State and the University's industry and academic partners
  6. As a senior faculty member, provide mentorship to other faculty members throughout the Watson School and the University.

The incumbent will be expected to document his or her accomplishments in these areas on a yearly basis to the Chair of the Systems Science and Industrial Engineering Department as well as the Dean of the Watson School, and the cumulative contributions will be evaluated for the purposes of reappointment to the named professorship by the Provost at five year intervals.

The Watson School is dedicated to the goal of building a diverse and inclusive teaching, research, and working environment. Potential applicants who share this goal, especially underrepresented minorities, women and persons with disabilities, are strongly encouraged to apply.

About the Systems Science and Industrial Engineering (SSIE) Department: The SSIE Department secures over 3 million dollars in research funding per year. Our faculty members secure research funding from over 30 sponsors from industry and federal agencies. The department currently has 23 faculty members and offers a BS degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering, and MS and PhD degrees in both Systems Science and in Industrial and Systems Engineering. The SSIE Department also offers a cutting edge executive Master of Science in Health Systems program in Manhattan. With about 250 undergraduate, 250 Masters, and 160 doctoral students, the Department is rapidly growing in numbers and in reputation. More details about the department are available at

About the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science: The Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science is one of the fastest growing engineering schools in the nation, with 1921 undergraduates and 1188 graduate students. The Watson School is home to nationally and internationally recognized faculty scholars and has several affiliated research centers and organizations. These include the Center for Collective Dynamics of Complex Systems (CoCo), the Watson Institute for Systems Excellence (WISE), a DoD-sponsored Innovation Institute for Flexible Hybrid Electronics Manufacturing, the Integrated Electronics Engineering Center (IEEC, a New York State Center for Advanced Technology), and an NSF Industry-University Collaborative Research Center (I/UCRC) for Energy Smart Electronic System. The Watson School is now poised to take a quantum leap to establish itself as a highly visible research-intensive school within a premier public university.

About Binghamton University: Binghamton University is a highly ranked "Public Ivy." Binghamton University has built a reputation as a world-class institution that combines a broadly interdisciplinary, international education with one of the most vibrant research programs in the nation. Binghamton is proud to be ranked among the elite public universities in the nation for challenging our students academically, not financially. The result is a unique, best-of-both-worlds college experience. Our academic culture rivals a first-rate private university - rigorous, collaborative and boldly innovative -- while our campus culture exemplifies the best kind of public university experience: richly diverse students, active social life and deep engagement with the community. Located in the scenic Finger Lakes region of NY, Binghamton is three hours from New York City and Philadelphia, one hour from Ithaca and Syracuse, and five hours from Washington, DC, and Boston. Binghamton is a low cost of living regional medical/hi-tech hub for 200,000 people.


Candidates will be expected to have an earned doctorate in systems science, engineering, or a closely related field and will have demonstrated the ability to lead academic research programs at the level of a full professor. This will include a record of prestigious publications, advising of students, sustained significant externally-sponsored funding, and service contributions at the department, college, university, and/or scientific communities at national and international levels. Such leadership would normally entail status as a Fellow of a recognized technical society.

Additional Information:

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Application Instructions:

Applications and nominations should include full contact information, a complete CV, cover letter, research and teaching statements, and the names of three professional references. Review of applications will begin immediately and the search will continue until the position is filled. Application materials or nominations may be sent to Drs. Sarah Lam and Hiroki Sayama, Co-Chairs of the Search Committee ([email protected], [email protected]).