School of Industrial Engineering and Management 
College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology,  Oklahoma State University
Endowment Goal Update #2
Endowment Goal
The School of Industrial Engineering and Management at Oklahoma State University developed an ambitious strategic plan in December 2014.

One of the goals in the strategic plan was to increase the School endowment to $20 million by 2020 and to make IEM a named and endowed School. 

We are delighted to announce that Dr. Ken Case, Emeritus Regents Professor of Industrial Engineering and Management at Oklahoma State  and his wife Lynn Case have established the Ken and Lynn Case Endowed Chair in Industrial Engineering and Management at a value of $1 million!
Gift from Dr. Ken and Lynn Case
Kenneth E. Case is Regents Professor Emeritus of IEM at OSU. He is a graduate of OSU (BSEE, MSIE, and Ph.D.) and taught at both Virginia Tech and OSU for 35 years. His primary interests are in quality and reliability engineering, and economic analysis. He has been the Project Director on over 25 sponsored research projects, published over 100 articles and has co-authored five books (14 editions), two of which won the Joint Publishers--IIE Book of the Year Award.  As a consultant, he has assisted 60 organizations over 45 years.

Ken is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He served as President of both the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE) and the American Society for Quality (ASQ). He is a Fellow of the IISE and was President in 1986-87. In 2002, he became the 29th person since 1962 to receive the Frank and Lillian Gilbreth Industrial Engineering Award, the highest honor presented by the Institute. He is also a Fellow of the American Society for Quality which he served as President in 2003-4. He received the ASQ Distinguished Service Medal in 2014, the highest honor presented by the Society. He is also an active Academician Emeritus in the International Academy for Quality, a worldwide group limited to 100 quality experts.

Ken was named the Outstanding Engineer in Oklahoma in 1987. He holds five ASQ certifications, and is a Six Sigma Black Belt. He was a Senior Examiner on the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award from 1988 to 1990, and on the Panel of Judges from 1991 to 1993. He received the Quality Oklahoman Award from Governor Brad Henry in 2003 and the Oklahoma Medal for Excellence in College/University Teaching from the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence in 2005. He received the Melvin R. Lohmann Medal from the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology (CEAT) at OSU in 2013 and was inducted into the CEAT Hall of Fame in 2015.

Ken has received over 25 recognitions for teaching, including multiple receipt of National Technological University's Outstanding (Satellite) Teacher Award. He is also the proud Founding Director of OSU's highly successful Master's program in Engineering and Technology Management (MSETM).


Lynn Case has been a true participant with the School of IEM at OSU. She has known all of the IEM School Heads, and has been an active partner of the School in many ways. Over the years, she has proofed and edited untold documents such as recommendation letters, award nominations, scholarship applications and recognition documents. She has even read some homework and tests as a "second reader." As a School Head's wife, she hosted lunches and dinners for visitors and spouses, as well as IEM staff and advisory board members. She still attends some IEM functions.

For many years, at Christmas, Lynn would host sets of graduate students, mostly international students, in our home. Quite a few became good friends with Lynn and she has stayed in touch with numerous graduates over decades through Christmas cards/ letters and a blog. She now also focuses on the children of these students who were either toddlers or not yet in the picture when their parents were students here. She has named a couple of these "grand students" and many are now completing college or well into their adult life and work. Now, Facetime, What's App, emails, and texting make it all easier. She laughs and brags that the students have always called her "Lynn" while referring to Ken as "Dr. Case."  
Gift from a 1970 Graduate!
As reported in Update #1, a 1970 PhD graduate has committed to a six-figure deferred gift. This is a significant gift towards our $20 million goal and we are thankful to our generous alumnus.
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Benefits of an Endowment

The $20 million endowment  will greatly assist IEM in its mission to develop a diverse group of professionals and leaders in industrial engineering and management.

Many alumni and friends of IEM have demonstrated their support to the School through outright gifts of cash and appreciated securities. While these gifts are important and straightforward to make, other methods of support that may not be well known but equally important for our future, exist. There are many estate planning opportunities available through the OSU Foundation that can help transform the School and have a significant impact on its current and future students.

Proper planning can help donors and their families realize the greatest benefits from their gifts to benefit the School. This involves choosing the best combination of assets and vehicles to accomplish charitable, financial, and estate planning objectives. In addition to, or in lieu of making a cash or other outright donation, such provisions may be in the form of bequests, trusts, annuities, life insurance, retirement plans, or other means.

When realized, these gifts often are larger than the donor could ever imagine at the time of their creation. It is a wonderful way in which to create an enduring legacy for the School's benefit. Working in conjunction with you and your professional advisors, the OSU Foundation can help you explore the many opportunities available to best suit your needs and goals. 

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