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Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusiveness and Professor of Systems Science and Industrial Engineering

Daryl Santos

Daryl SantosDaryl L. Santos arrived at Binghamton University as a post-doctoral researcher for the Integrated Electronics Engineering Center and the newly formed Systems Science and Industrial Engineering Department (SSIE) for a nine-month appointment in May 1994. In the  more than 22 years since, he has moved from post-doc through the academic ranks to professor (2006) and has held a variety of directorships - undergraduate director of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE), graduate director of ISE, assistant director of the Watson Institute for Systems Excellence (WISE), and director of the Watson School's Engineering Design Division (EDD). He has been highly active in service roles to the University, including serving as a committee member for the Clifford D. Clark Fellowship Program for Diversity, as chair of Watson's Undergraduate Studies Committee, as faculty advisor to the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and the National Society for Black Engineers, and as a faculty fellow in Mountainview Community and Newing Community. In January 2013, he was appointed as director of the IEEC, the same center that originally hired him as a post-doc, and he remained in that position until January 2016.

Santos earned his BS in operations research and industrial engineering from Cornell University in 1987 as a first-generation college student. His education was partly supported by COSEP, which is similar to Binghamton's EOP program. While at Cornell, Santos joined La Unidad Latina / Lambda Upsilon Lambda – an organization devoted to the advancement of Latinos in higher education. While still a student in Ithaca, Santos and the other hermanos of LUL made frequent visits to launch the first Latino fraternity at Binghamton University in 1986. Upon graduation, he returned home to the University of Houston where he earned his MS IE (1990) and PhD IE (1993); his graduate research focused on scheduling the pre-flight processing activities of NASA's space shuttle. From June 1993-April 1994, he conducted workshops and tutorial sessions for the PROMES program at the University of Houston, originally established for the recruitment, retention, and academic development of Hispanic, African American, and Native American students in the Cullen College and now open to all students in order to build a diverse "community of scholars" in engineering.

Santos is the recipient of the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching (2005) and the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities (2011). In 2011, he earned a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certification from the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College. He is the founding and managing editor of the newly created journal Industrial and Systems Engineering Review. He has over 100 publications in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings, mostly in the areas of process improvement, quality assurance, and production scheduling. In his research, he has enjoyed mentoring EOP students and students in the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program. He currently serves on the McNair Advisory Board.  The primary goal of the McNair Scholars Program is to support and assist first-generation, low-income (FG/LI) and historically underrepresented students in graduate education to achieve academic success, especially in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) areas, leading to acceptance into PhD programs.

In addition to teaching courses in the Watson School, Santos has been a seven-time visiting professor to the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), a global leader in technology education, and has instructed Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and Black Belt modules for certificate programs offered by Dartmouth College and Binghamton University.

Santos lives in the Town of Binghamton. He is an avid fisherman and also enjoys spending time in his garden, making maple syrup, boating, and playing billiards.

Vice Provost Santos' phone number is 607-777-4769. E-mail:


Last Updated: 11/7/17