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Alok K. Verma

  • Alok K. Verma
  • Professor & Chair
  • Engineering Technology
  • 102 Kaufman Hall
  • Norfolk, VA 23529
  • 757-683-3766
  • averma@odu.edu
  • Dr. Alok Verma received his B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering from the famed institution, IIT Kanpur, MS in Engineering Mechanics and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from ODU. Prof. Verma is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Virginia, a certified manufacturing engineer and has certifications in Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma. He serves as the chief editor of the International Journal of Agile Manufacturing serves as associate editor for three International Journals. Dr. Verma’s scholarly publications include more than 87 journal articles and papers in conference proceedings and over 50 technical reports. He is actively involved in applied research, and has served as a PI or Co-PI on several funded competitive grants exceeding $4.0 million. Dr. Verma has developed and delivered training program in Lean Enterprise for several major companies and organized several national and international conferences, including ICAM-2006 and ICAM-1999. He is well known internationally and has been invited to deliver keynote addresses and invited papers at a number of national and international conferences. Dr. Verma has received the Regional Alumni Award for Excellence for contribution to Lean Manufacturing research, the International Education Award at ODU and Ben Sparks Medal by the American Society of mechanical Engineers (ASME). He is active in ASME, American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) and the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME).
  • Education

    Old Dominion University, 2005
    Major: Mechanical Engineering
    Degree: Ph. D.
    Old Dominion University, 1981
    Major: Mechanical Engineering
    Degree: M.E.
    Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, 1978
    Major: Aeronautical Engineering
    Degree: B.S.
  • Research Interests

    Professor Verma's research interest lie in the areas of Organizational Productivity, Process Improvement, Agility of Organizations, Lean Manufacturing, Six Sigma and Non-traditional Manufacturing Processes.
  • Licensures and Certifications

    Certificate of Professional Study, Engineering Management
    Sponsoring Organization: Old Dominion University
    Date Obtained: 2000-01-01
  • Expertise

    Mechanical Engineering
    Lean/Agile Manufacturing / Robotics / Manufacturing Processes / Automated Manufacturing / Laser Beam Machining / Electrical Discharge Machining / Abrasive Jet Machining / Water Jet Cutting / India Land and People / Engineering Mechanics and Dynamics / Supply Chain Management / Data Control / Non-traditional Manufactoring Processes.
  • Most Inspiring Faculty Award, Old Dominion University
  • 2006: Provost's Award for Leadership in International Education, Old Dominion University
  • 2006: Ben C. Sparks Medal, American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • 2004: Excellence in Industry Partnering Award, Frank Batten College of Engineering and Technology
  • 2004: Regional Alumni Award for Excellence , Alumni Association of Indian Institute of Technology
  • 1986: Outstanding MET Faculty Award, Old Dominion University
  • 1984: Highly Active in Community Services, Regional Association of Asian Indians
  • 1979: Gold Award, Southwestern Company 1979
  • 1978: Best Senior Project Award
  • Contracts, Grants and Sponsored Research

    MarIneTech: STEM preparation through marine engineering, science, and technology experiences
    Sponsoring Organization: National Science Foundation - DRL ITEST
    Date: January 01, 2009 - January 01, 2013
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Dickerson, D. L.; Verma, A. K.; McKinney, S. E.; Brown, N. W.
    Marine career tech (MCTech): STEM careers in shipbuilding and marine industry
    Sponsoring Organization: National Science Foundation – ATE
    Date: July 01, 2009 - June 30, 2012
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Dickerson, D. L.; Verma, A. K.; McKinney, S. E.; Bao, H. P.
    NSF marine Tech STEM PREP
    Sponsoring Organization: National Science Foundation
    Date: January 1, 2009 - December 31, 2011
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Brown, N. W.; Verma, A. K.; McKinney, S. E.; Dickerson, D. L.
    RoboTech: Enhancing STEM skills through robotics
    Sponsoring Organization: State Council of Higher Education for Virginia – NCLB
    Date: July 01, 2009 - August 30, 2010
    Awarding Organization: State
    Investigators:Verma, A. K.; Lin, C.; McKinney, S. E.; Dickerson, D. L.
    MarineTech: STEM preparation through marine science/engineering projects
    Sponsoring Organization: State Council of Higher Education for Virginia
    Date: July 01, 2008 - September 30, 2009
    Awarding Organization: State
    Investigators:Dickerson, D. L.; Verma, A. K.; McKinney, S. E.
    Shipbuilding and Repair Career Day Events
    Sponsoring Organization: National Shipbuilding Research Program – Advanced Shipbuilding Enterprise
    Date: January, 2007 - June, 2008
    Investigators:Lin, C.; Verma, A. K.; Considine, C.
    Shipbuilding and Repair Career Day Events
    Sponsoring Organization: National Shipbuilding Research Program – Advanced Shipbuilding Enterprise
    Date: January, 2007 - January, 2007
    Investigators:Considine, C.; Verma, A. K.
    Developing Lean Enterprise Simulation Exercises for Shipbuilding and Repair
    Sponsoring Organization: Old Dominion University Research Foundation
    Date: August, 2003 - November, 2004
    Awarding Organization: Old Dominion University
    Investigators:Considine, C.; Verma, A. K.
    Cutting Small Diameter Tubing by Electrical Discharge Machining, Phase III.
    Sponsoring Organization: Noble-Met, Ltd/CIT Match
    Date: January, 1993 - May, 1993
    Investigators:Hackworth, J. R.; Verma, A. K.