A Pennsylvania State University industrial engineering professor has been tapped to lead the Oregon State University School of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering.

Harriet Nembhard, known as an expert in operations research, process improvement and quality control, will be the Eric R. Smith professor of engineering at OSU, the university announced on Friday.

Nembhard co-founded and directed Penn State’s Center for Integrated Healthcare Delivery Systems and was interim head of the university’s department of industrial and manufacturing engineering. She is the author of a new textbook on health care systems engineering, and her research has focused on such topics as visualization methods for communicating health care data, using statistics to provide early detection of flu outbreaks and modeling patient adherence to treatment.

Nembhard has master’s and doctoral degrees in industrial and operations engineering from the University of Michigan.