Wolter Joseph Fabrycky (born 1932) is an American systems engineer, now Lawrence Professor Emeritus of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Virginia Tech and Principal and of Academic Applications International.
Wolter Fabrycky studied Industrial Engineering receiving his BS in 1957 from Wichita State University, and his Industrial Engineering MS in 1958 from the University of Arkansas. In 1962 he received his PhD in Engineering from Oklahoma State University where he was awarded an Ethyl Corporation Doctoral Fellowship.
Fabrycky began as a faculty member at the University of Arkansas in 1957 and continued at the Oklahoma State University during 1962-65. In September 1965 he was appointed to the Industrial Engineering faculty at Virginia Tech. There in 1969, he founded and chaired the Interdisciplinary Systems Engineering Graduate Program, served as Associate Dean of Engineering, and later became Virginia Tech's Dean of Research.
Over the years, Wolt Fabrycky received numerous engineering and systems engineering awards. Wolt was elected Fellow in the Institute of Industrial Engineers in 1978; Fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1980; Fellow in the International Council on Systems Engineering in 1999; and Fellow in the American Society for Engineering Education in 2007. He received the Hotlzman Distinguished Educator Award from the Institute of Industrial Engineers in 1990; the Lohmann Medal from the College of Engineering at Oklahoma State in 1992; the Grant Award in 1994; the Wellington Award in 2004, and the INCOSE Pioneer Award with Benjamin S. Blanchard in 2000.
In 2006, Wolt Fabrycky founded, endowed, and is now Chairman Emeritus of Omega Alpha: the International Systems Engineering Honor Society. He added a Systems Engineering Doctoral Dissertation Showcase in 2016 with six exemplary dissertations put on exhibit during 2016 and in 2017, establishing a high standard for Systems Engineering doctoral research worldwide. Fabrycky is past president of Alpha Pi Mu and long time member of its Executive Council. Other honor societies to which he contributes are the Order of the Engineer, Sigma Tau, and Sigma Xi.
Fabrycky is author of multiple text book editions, revisions, and translations on Industrial and Systems Engineering, including:
- Fabrycky, Wolter J., Prabhakar M. Ghare, and Paul E. Torgersen. Applied operations research and management science. Prentice-Hall, 1984.
- Banks, Jerry, and Wolter J. Fabrycky. Procurement and inventory systems analysis. Prentice-Hall, 1987.
- Fabrycky, Wolter J., and Benjamin S. Blanchard. Life-cycle cost and economic analysis. Prentice-Hall, 1991.
- Fabrycky, Wolter J., Gerald J. Thuesen, and Dinesh Verma. Economic decision analysis, 3rd Ed. Prentice-Hall, 1998.
- Thuesen, Gerald J., and Wolter J. Fabrycky. Engineering economy, 9th Ed. Prentice-Hall, 2001.
- Blanchard, Benjamin S., and Wolter J. Fabrycky. Systems engineering and analysis, 5th Ed. Englewood Cliffs, Pearson Prentice Hall, 2010.
For more than a half-century, Wolter Fabrycky has been a Prentice Hall loyalist (now Pearson Prentice Hall) as author, reviewer, and as editor of the International Series in Industrial and Systems Engineering.
- Wolt Fabrycky INCOSE Fellow at incose.org. Accessed October 1, 2013.