Janis Terpenny

Janis Terpenny wears a dark-blue suit in her faculty profile for the Department of Mechanical Engineering
Titles and Organizations

Professor, Systems Engineering and Operations Research and Mechanical Engineering

Contact Information

Nguyen Engineering Building,
Room 2223

Phone: 703-993-6207
Email: terpenny@gmu.edu


Janis Terpenny is a professor with joint appointments in the Department of Systems Engineering and Operations Research and the Department of Mechanical Engineering.  Her research focuses on smart integrated systems and processes for design and manufacturing and on design education. Previously, she served as dean of Engineering at the University of Tennessee, department head of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at Penn State, department chair of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering at Iowa State, technology thrust lead for the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII), director of the NSF Center for e-Design, program director at NSF, and professor at Virginia Tech and the University of Massachusetts. She has industry work experience with GE. She is fellow and member of ASME and IISE, and member of AAAS, Alpha Pi Mu, ASEE, SME, and Tau Beta Pi. She is area editor for the Engineering Economist, editorial board member for Computers in Industry, and Academic Senior VP on the IISE Board of Trustees. Dr. Terpenny holds a PhD and MS in industrial and systems engineering from Virginia Tech and a BS in Applied Mathematics from Virginia Commonwealth University.


  • BS, Applied Mathematics, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • MS, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech
  • PhD, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech