Bill Rouse Named Director of Tennenbaum Institute

William B. Rouse, the H. Milton and Carolyn J. Stewart Chair of the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Georgia Tech, has been named executive director of the new Tennenbaum Institute, which will focus on enterprise transformation.

The campus-wide Tennenbaum Institute, established with a $5 million gift from distinguished Georgia Tech alumnus Michael Tennenbaum, will help both private and public enterprises to keep up with - and lead - constant changes in technology and in the marketplace.

The Tennenbaum Institute's focus will be on understanding and supporting - via best practices, methods and tools - strategic and operational change to transform existing private and public enterprises to become more cost-effective and competitive. The institute will partner with academic, corporate and government sector organizations and experts to develop business practices and shape organizational cultures for sustained economic growth.

Rouse has more than thirty years of experience in research, education, management, marketing, and engineering related to individual and organizational performance, decision support systems and information systems. In these areas, he has consulted with more than 100 large and small enterprises in the private, public and non-profit sectors, where he has worked with several thousand executives and senior managers. He founded and led two software companies prior to his return to Georgia Tech in 2001. Rouse has served on the faculty of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and, in visiting positions, on the faculties of Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands and Tufts University. He received his B.S. from the University of Rhode Island, and his S.M. and Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The School of Industrial and Systems Engineering will form a search committee to identify a successor for Rouse, who will continue to serve as chair until this successor can assume the chair's position.