Dr. Shimon Y. Nof is a professor of Industrial Engineering and also the director of the NSF-industry supported PRISM Center (Production, Robotics and Integration Software for Manufacturing & Management), Purdue University. He as held visiting positions at MIT, and universities in Chile, EU, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, and Mexico. He received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Industrial Engineering & Management (Human-Machine Systems), Technion, Haifa, Israel; Ph.D. in Industrial & Operations Engineering (Production Analytics), University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
In 1999, Dr. Nof was honored among the inaugural group in Purdue's Book of Great Teachers. In 2002, he was awarded with the Engellerger Medal for Robotics Education. Fellow of IIE, President and former Secretary General of IFPR, recent Chair of IFAC CC-Mfg. and Logistics systems . Dr. Nof has published over 300 articles on production engineering and information technology, and is the author/editor of ten books, including the Handbook of Industrial Robotics (Wiley, 1985) and the International Encyclopedia of Robotics (Wiley, 1988), both winners of the "Most Outstanding Book in Science and Engineering" award by the Association of American Publishers Industrial Assembly (Chapman & Hall, 1997, co-authored with H-J Warnecke and W. E. Wilhelm), the Handbook of Industrial Robotics (2nd Edition) (Wiley, 1999), and the Handbook of Automation (Springer, 2009).