Dr. Pope-Ford Joins IMET Faculty

August 19, 2013

Bradley University’s Industrial Manufacturing Engineering and Technology Department welcomes Dr. Regina D. Pope-Ford as a new assistant professor this school year.

Dr. Pope-Ford completed her undergraduate degree in electrical engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and received her MSE in industrial engineering at Arizona State University. She then earned certification as a project management professional and worked in the field for a number of years before earning her Ph.D. in industrial and systems engineering at North Carolina AT&T State University.

Dr. Pope-Ford’s dissertation, titled “Assessment of Neck and Shoulder Muscle Coactivations and the Effect on the Musculoskeletal System,” investigated the prevalence of musculoskeletal disorders in dentistry using electromyography. Her research was funded in part by the North Carolina Occupational Safety and Health Education and Research Center. Her dissertation was presented at the 2012 International Women in Industrial Engineering Conference in Istanbul, Turkey, as well as the proceedings of the 2013 Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

While Dr. Pope-Ford’s academic accomplishments are certainly commendable, many consider her real-world experience in the field almost equally as valuable. Dr. Pope-Ford worked from the bottom of her field to the top; she started as a design engineer and member of technical staff at Motorola, Inc., and climbed many ladders at numerous companies before becoming a worldwide technical support management leader for IBM, where she managed technical support for products ranging from $40-$700 million in revenue. Dr. Pope-Ford has had years of hands-on experience in the field that she is now teaching to Bradley University students; her personal experiences offer her a perspective grounded in reality that some professors may not have. With Dr. Pope-Ford, our students will be able to see their future and realistically explore the many real-world options that their knowledge opens up for them.

Within this field mostly dominated by men, female and minority students especially will draw inspiration from Dr. Pope-Ford. Through the years, she has received the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc, Sloan Scholarship, was named a National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering Fellow, and was a Women Supporting Women Scholarship recipient.  She is also a member of the National Society of Black Engineers and the Society of Women Engineers.