Sura Alqudah, PhD

She/Her, Associate Professor, MFGE Program Director


Dr.  Al-Qudah's primary background is in quality assurance and lean systems. Al-Qudah’s formal education is in Industrial and Systems engineering with her Ph.D. dissertation involved applied operations research and optimization in the healthcare industry. Her research focused primarily on systems/process improvement (Lean Six-Sigma) and applied operations research & modeling for various domains/systems including manufacturing, healthcare and education. This includes the utilization of various tools and methodologies to help streamline the processes involved in these domains/systems. Al-Qudah’s teaching philosophy is mainly focused on student-center learning by creating an interactive learning environment in the classroom. This helps to engage the students in real-life problems to help them connect theory with practice. Dr. Al-Qudah is a member of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE), the American Society for Quality (ASQ), and the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), as well as Alpha Pi Mu honor society. Dr. Al-Qudah holds a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certificate. 

Educational & Professional Experience

Ph.D., Industrial and Systems Engineering, Binghamton University (August 2014)

M.S., Industrial and Systems Engineering, Binghamton University (August 2010)

B.S., Electronics Engineering, Yarmouk University, Jordan (August 2004)                                      

Recent Publications

  1. Al-Qudah S. (PI), Burgess D. (co-PI), Borda E. (co-PI), Hanley D. (co-PI), Warren S., Desler K., Melton J.,“Noyce-2345196:Let Engineers Teach Engineering in K-12 (LETE): Addressing the Engineering Teacher Shortage”, Awarded April 2024. $100,000, National Science Foundation. April 2024 to March 2025.
  2. Al-Qudah S., Alqudah A., Smith L., "DISTAL-SCREW GUIDING SYSTEM FOR INTERLOCKING INTRAMEDULLARY NAIL IMPLANTS", a U.S. Non-Provisional Patent Application No. 63/255823, Filed on Oct 14, 2022, patent pending.
  3. J. Brobst, J. Davishahl, E. Litzler, A. Klein, S. Alqudah. "Examining first-year engineering programs' impacts on sense of belonging across gender" , ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, June 2023.
  4. Yip-Hoi, D., & Alqudah, S. (2022, August), Challenges and Benefits of Industrial Sponsored Engineering Senior Projects in the Time of COVID Paper presented at 2022 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Minneapolis, MN.
  5. R. Al-Nsour, R. Alkhasawneh and S. Alqudah, "Online Engineering Education: Laboratories During the Pandemic – A Case Study," 2022 Intermountain Engineering, Technology and Computing (IETC), Orem, UT, USA, 2022, pp. 1-4, doi: 10.1109/IETC54973.2022.9796691
  6. Alqudah S., Brobst J., Litzler E., Davishahl J., Klein A., “Becoming Engaged Engineering Scholars: Insights from Year 1”, 127th Annual American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE); 2020.
  7. Davishahl J., Alqudah S., “Complete Work: Investigation of Sense of Belonging to Engineering in Introductory Classes,” 127th Annual American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE); 2020.
  8. Klein A. (PI), Alqudah S. (co-PI),  VanderStaay S., Brobst J., “DUE-1834139: Becoming Engaged Engineering Scholars (Bees): Success Programs for Retention in Engineering”, Awarded August 2018. $957,532, National Science Foundation. December 2018 to November 2023
  9. Alqudah S., Froning* A., Sumpter* K., Ortega Martinez E.*, Alqudah, A., “A Novel Design of an Ergonomic Surgical Body Support System”, Industrial & Systems Engineering Research Conference (ISERC), Orlando, FL, May 18-21, 2019.
  10. El-Sharo M., Alqudah S., Panco J., "Maintaining Visual Workplace in Outpatient Clinics Using Kanban and 5S", Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference (ISERC), Orlando, FL, May 18-21, 2019. 

Research Interests

  • Applied Ergonomics & Human Factors
  •  Engineering Education Pedagogies
  • Applied Operations Research and Continuous Improvement