Michael Riley, P.E., professor of Industrial and Management Systems Engineering, earned regard from students and peers.
Riley’s research areas have included safety and ergonomics, and he was IMSE’s department chair for 8 years—from 1998 to 2006.
From January to June of 2011, Riley was a Fulbright Scholar at National Tsing Hua University in Hsin Chu, Taiwan, teaching an ergonomics course during the spring semester and working on a research project, "Job Task Repetition and Psychosocial Risk Factor Interactions." Riley was also honored as a 2010 Distance Education Pioneer by UNL Extended Education & Outreach. He has also been a recipient of a UNL teaching award and Parents Association awards.
Riley earned his Ph.D. in 1975 from Texas Tech University; he had gained his M.S. at New Mexico State University and his B.S. at the University of Missouri-Rolla.
Morris Schneider, who led the IMSE department prior to Riley, called him “a student’s best friend: always willing to advise a student, and help him or her in any way.” Schneider said many students came to Riley for advice in their academic careers, and he gave them skills they’ll never forget. For many years, Riley taught IE206, Engineering Economics, a course that served students’ learning in both personal and professional respects; Schneider noted it was typical for Riley to “go beyond the course.”
Schneider summarized: Riley is “just a darn nice guy who has done a lot for the college.”