Dr. Erick C. Jones is George and Elizabeth Pickett Endowed Professor and Associate Dean for Graduate Studies in the College of Engineering at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA). Jones joined UTA in 2010 after eight years at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, where he rose to the rank of Associate Professor with Tenure. He is the George and Elizabeth Pickett Endowed Professor of Industrial, Manufacturing and Systems Engineering and served as the Deputy Director of the UT Arlington Homeland Security focused University Center SAVANT and Director of the (RFID & Auto-ID) RAID labs at UTA.
Until recently, Jones has served as a rotating program director at the National Science Foundation (NSF). His programs included the Graduate Research Fellowship Program, or GRFP, the Graduate Research Internship Program, and the Workforce Strand of the Education Core Research Program in the Education and Human Resources Directorate. His last NSF detail was as a Program Director for the Engineering Research Centers or ERCs, in the Engineering Directorate. Dr. Jones was one of only a few program directors to serve in two NSF Directorates.
Dr. Jones graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in Industrial Engineering and later attained a Masters and PhD in Industrial Engineering from the University of Houston with most of his secondary education obtained while concurrently working in industry. Dr. Jones has held positions in industry which include Industrial Engineering Specialist, Director of Engineering, Consultant and Project Manager, and Executive Manager of a “Big 5” Accounting firm. He has lead engineering teams as small as three (3) people and lead operations as large as 300 people.
Dr. Jones’ unique background positioned him to develop one of the first and largest academic RFID labs in the country in 2003. Recently, Dr. Jones’ interdisciplinary research with chemists and physicists, neuroscientists and surgeons, and bio- and biomedical engineers is leading to translational and commercial research for important national programs including the BRAIN initiative, Homeland Security and Safety, and Smart Planet initiatives. His research partnerships range from medical schools, international airports, and international university collaborations.
Academically, Dr. Jones has received over $9 Million dollars in funding for academic research projects, from organizations such as NASA, The National Science Foundation, Department of Transportation and US State Department to name a few. Dr. Jones’ research activities are internationally recognized in the areas of automated data capture using Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technologies, Quality Control at the Six Sigma level, and Manufacturing Technologies that support the development of “Auto Sensing” technologies. He has published over 165 manuscripts including 3 textbooks. As part of his research efforts, he has advised over 34 Masters Student and 16 Ph.D. students along with 32 undergraduate research students on sponsored research projects.