Faculty  |  Allen E. Pearce/Allen M. Pearce Professor

Dr. Kumara is a professor in the Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Department. In addition, Dr. Kumara holds a joint appointment with the Department of Computer Science and Engineering and Affiliate Faculty position with the School of Information Sciences and Technology at Penn State University Park Campus. He also holds an adjunct position with C.R.Rao Advanced Institute of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science, University of Hyderabad, India. He also serves as an overseas expert for Northweastern University at Xi’an, China.


  • Ph.D. , Industrial Engineering, Purdue University
  • M. Tech. , Industrial Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)
  • B. Eng. , Mechanical Engineering, S.V.U. College of Engineering


  • Intelligent Systems
  • Sensor Data Representation and Fusion
  • Process Data Monitoring and Diagnostics
  • Smart Manufacturing
  • Graph Analytics
  • Big Data Analytics

Honors and Awards

  • Penn State Engineering Society: Outstanding Research Award (1994), Premier Research Award (2001), Advising Award (2011)
  • Penn State University: Graduate Faculty Teaching & Research Award (1996), Faculty Scholar Medal (2002)
  • Penn State University: Distinguished Professor (2003-2006)
  • Fellow, International Academy for Production Engineering (CIRP), 1996
  • Fellow, Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE), 2006
  • Fellow, American Association of Advancement of Science (AAAS), 2013
  • Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME), 2013

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Email: skumara@psu.edu