Dr. James L. Simonton

Associate Professor
Information and Industrial Engineering/Engineering Management
University of Tennessee Space Institute
Tullahoma, TN 37388-9700

Telephone: (931) 393-7523
Fax: (931) 393-7201
Email: jsimonto@utsi.edu

Curriculum Vitae


  • 2004, PhD, Industrial Engineering, Texas Tech University
  • 2001, M.S. Systems and Engineering Management, Texas Tech University
  • 1979, B.S. Textile Technology & Management, Texas Tech University

Professional Experience

  • University of Tennessee Space Institute, Tullahoma, TN, Associate Professor, Information and Industrial Engineering/Engineering Management
  • Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX, Assistant Professor, Industrial Engineering
  • International Textile Center, Lubbock, TX, Engineer/Researcher
  • Lindale Manufacturing, Lindale, GA, Production Superintendent
  • Motorola, Seguin, TX, Senior Maintenance Engineer
  • West Point Pepperell, New Braunfels, TX, Production Superintendent, Plant Technical Assistant, and Industrial Engineer

Current Industrial Activities

  • Acting Chief Officer of Engineering: Bionitrogen Corporation
  • Board of Directors: Agricultural Bioenergy Products LLC (Founding Member and CEO)
  • Board of Directors: 4A Technologies LLC (Founding Member)

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to IE
  • Engineering Economics
  • Operations Research
  • Engineering Statistics
  • Management System Control
  • Fundamentals of Systems
  • Capstone Project
  • Operations Research: Modeling with Spreadsheets
  • Systems Theory
  • Decision Theory
  • Industrial Cost Analysis
  • Engineering Management Environment
  • Advanced Economics of Systems


  • System Dynamic Model (SDM) for High Reliability Organizations
  • Quantifying the Purchasing Power of Public Transportation
  • CELDI: Human Interaction in Logistics Systems- Supplement, NSF I/UCRC Program
  • Economic Feasibility of Cottonseed Oil Based Bio-Diesel
  • Utilizing Agricultural Biomass in Energy Production and Economic Development
  • Public Transportation Maintenance Knowledge and Resource Sharing Project
  • Economic Analysis and Feasibility of Cottonseed Oil as a Bio-Diesel Feed Stock

Honors and Awards

  • IIE Outstanding Professor 2009/10
  • Texas Tech Alumni Association New Faculty Award for 2008
  • IIE Outstanding Professor 2006/2007
  • Honorable Mention for ASEM dissertation of the year competition 2005


  • “Regional Maintenance Center: An Analysis of Existing Literature and State-of-the-Art Matrix Analysis” Beruvides, M., Simonton, J. Ng, E., and Peimbert-Garcia, R. (Engineering Management Journal Special Transportation Edition)
  • “The Impact of the Cost of Quality on Serial Supply Chain Network Design” by Castillo-Villar, Krystel; Smith, Neale; Simonton, James, International Journal of Production Research TPRS-2011-IJPR-0846.R1
  • “A Strategic Model for Serial Supply Chain Network Design Including Quality” Castillo, K.*, Smith, N., and Simonton, J. International Journal of Production Research TPRS-2011-IJPR-0846 (10/20/2011)
  • “The Economic Cost of Quality for Green Manufacturing: A Life Cycle Assessment Approach” Chiu-Wei, C, Beruvides, M., and Simonton, J. The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment (8/18/2011)
  • “Heuristic Procedure for a Combinational Optimization Problem in Supply Chain Design Incorporating Cost of Quality” Castillo, K.*, Smith, N., and Simonton, J. (2011) International Journal of Biomedical Soft Computing and Human Sciences

Society Memberships

  • American Society of Engineering Management
  • Epsilon Mu Eta, Engineering Management Honor Society
  • Institute of Industrial Engineers
  • Alpha Pi Mu