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Industrial Management and Applied Engineering Faculty

Our faculty are a unique blend of researchers, educators and professionals who are proven experts in their fields.

Bruce Deruntz, Leadership Development Program Director, Professor

Dr. Bruce DeRuntz, is a Professor in the School of Applied Engineering and Technology. Dr. DeRuntz received his BS in Industrial Technology from Eastern Illinois University, his MS in Manufacturing Systems, and Ph.D. in Workforce Education and Development from SIUC. He joined the school in 1998 after a successful career as a quality professional in industry working for A.O. Smith Automotive Products, Emerson Electric Corporation and the Manufacturing Extension Program. He teaches classes in Manufacturing Processes, Quality, Industrial Metrology, Project Management I & II, Project Leadership, and Fundamentals of Leadership. He also holds a dual teaching appointment with the College of Business where he teaches Advanced Leadership in the MBA program.

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Dr. Bruce Deruntz
Office: Engineering D119
Phone: 618-453-7829

Julie Dunston, Director, IMAE Program Coordinator, Associate Professor

Julie K. Dunston received a BSIE from the University of Iowa in 1991, followed by an MSIE in 1993, also from UI. She completed her PhD work in July 1995, and was awarded her PhD in Mechanical Engineering in December 1995.  In August 1995, she joined the College of Engineering at Southern Illinois University and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2001.

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Dr. Julie Dunston Office: Engineering D105
Phone: 618-453-7988

John Legier, Associate Professor

John Legier received a BS Specialization in Adult Training and Development from Southern Illinois University (SIU) in 1999, followed by a MS Ed. in 2002, also from SIU. He completed his PhD work in August 2007 and was awarded his PhD in Education with a focus in Workforce Education and Development in December 2007. In August 2008, he joined the College of Applied Sciences and Arts (CASA) at SIU and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2014. In July 2019, The TRM Program was moved to the new College of Engineering, Computing, Technology, and Mathematics where John presently serves as the TRM Program Coordinator and a Faculty member in the School of Applied Engineering and Technology.

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Office: Engineering D113
Phone: 618-453-8830

Ron Parks, Instructor

Mr. Ron Parks joined Southern Illinois University in 1996 as an instructor in Industrial Management Applied Engineering. He currently teaches IMAE 110, IMAE 340, IMAE 375, IMAE 376, IMAE 392, IMAE 445, IMAE 465, and IMAE 476. Mr. Parks currently holds a senior level certification in Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing through ASME.Received a BS in Industrial Technology from Southern Illinois University (SIUC) in 1989, followed by a MS in Workforce Education in 1995. Completed approximately 30 credit hours beyond the master’s degree.

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Ron Parks
Office: Engineering D
Phone: 618-453-7986

Tomas Velasco, Graduate Program Director, Associate Professor

Tomas joined the Department of Technology as an Assistant Professor in the fall of 1993.  He received a professional degree (B.S. & M.S.) in Industrial Engineering from Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia in 1984, a M.S. in Manufacturing in 1985 and a M.B.A. in 1987, both from Pittsburg State University.  In December of 1991, he received his Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Arkansas.  

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Dr. Tomas Velasco Office: Engineering D112C
Phone: 618-453-7842

David Williams, Senior Lecturer

David T Williams joined the department full time in 2002 after completing a MS in Manufacturing Systems at SIU. He presently is completing a doctorate in education.

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David Williams
Office: Engineering D111
Phone: 618-453-7820
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