Dr. Venkat Allada is Vice Provost for Graduate Studies and a Professor in the Engineering Management & Systems Engineering Department at the Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T), Rolla, Missouri. He got his Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Cincinnati in 1994. He joined Missouri University of Science and Technology faculty in 1994. His teaching and research interests include intelligent design and manufacturing, product platforms, sustainable product engineering, design for reuse, remanufacturing, and recycle, and lean enterprise systems. His work has been funded by several agencies and companies including the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST), Lucent Technologies, AT&T, Halliburton, Ford Motor Company, Missouri Enterprise, and Boeing. He served as a Boeing A. D. Welliver Faculty Summer Fellow at Boeing facilities in 2001. He is the recipient of the Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer award from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), Outstanding New Faculty award from the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), and numerous Faculty Excellence Awards at Missouri S&T. He has more than 100 published journal and conference articles including a Best Paper Award at the 2000 American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) International DETC- Design for Manufacturing Conference.