Cheryl Gaimon, professor of operations management, has been named a Regents' professor, effective July 1, 2005. Gaimon is only the second Scheller College of Business faculty member to earn this distinction, the highest academic rank in the University System of Georgia.
Georgia Tech is allowed to nominate up to two individuals per year for appointment as Regents' Professors by the University System's Board of Regents. Those considered for the rank are full professors who are nominated by their colleges based on excellence in research and teaching as well as their contributions to their profession and Georgia Tech.
"I knew the process was underway, but I had heard this was one of the toughest years in recent memory with every college nominating someone," Gaimon says. "I was really thrilled to receive this honor."
Gaimon, who left the faculty of Ohio State University to join Georgia Tech in 1988, initiated establishment of the business school's highly regarded Operations Management program and served as its area coordinator for seven years.
Her work focuses on the management of technology. She is interested in the investment and implementation of new technologies (including manufacturing and IT-based service technologies), new product development, knowledge management and manufacturing process improvement. Her research articles have appeared in numerous refereed journals, including Management Science, Operations Research, Institute of Industrial Engineers Transactions, and Production and Operations Management.
Gaimon, who earned her doctorate from Carnegie Mellon University, is currently serving as vice president of the Production and Operations Management Society as well as department editor for Production and Operations Management and associate editor of Management Science. She was formerly a department editor for IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management and Institute of Industrial Engineers Transactions.
The other Regents' professor on the Scheller College of Business faculty is marketing professor Naresh Malhotra.