In conjunction with his role as an Assistant Professor, Dr. Sampson Gholston serves as faculty advisor for the student chapters of the Institute of Industrial Engineers and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. He has extensive industry experience in quality engineering and continuous improvement, with prior the GM Saturn Corporation as a Lead Supplier Quality Engineering and as a consultant to Delphi Automotive, International Paper, and Dakin America. He has a Lean Six Sigma Black and has extensive industry recognition to his credit, including the Martin Luther King, Jr. Award. He has served as an Examiner for the Baldrige National Quality Award since 2010, and the Florida Sterling Award since 2011. Dr. Gholston is working with two health care facilities to implement continuous improvement activities.

Dr. Sampson Gholston's Curriculum Vitae

Mentor-Protégé Program


  • Ph.D., Quality Engineering, The University of Alabama in Huntsville, 1999
  • M.S., Industrial Engineering, University of Alabama, 1993
  • B.S., Engineering Technology, Austin Peay State University, 1991

Classes Taught


  • Institute of Industrial Engineers
  • Society of Manufacturing Engineers

Recent Publications

  • Stein C., Etzkorn, L., Gholston, S., Farrington, P., Utley, D., Cox, G., and Fortune, J., “Semantic Metrics: Metrics Based on Semantic Aspects of Software,” Applied Artificial Intelligence, Vol. 23, Issue 1, January 2009, pp. 44-77.
  • Youngblood, A., Componation, P., Gradl, P., And Gholston, S., “Considering Risk Within Net Present Value: Calculations for Government Projects” The Engineering Economist: A Journal Devoted to the Problems of Capital Investment, Volume 54 Issue 2, 2009, pp. 152.
  • Anderson, M., Abdullah, Y, Gholston, S., And Jones, S., "Development of a methodology to predict through trip rates for small communities" ASCE Journal of Urban Planning Development. June 2006.
  • Kioutas, Nicolas, Paul J. Componation, Gholston, S. and Alisha D. Youngblood, “A Common Framework for Valuing Technology Development Projects Using Real Options,” The Engineering Economist.
  • Anderson, M., Abdullah, Y, Gholston, S., And Jones, S., "Development of a methodology to predict through trip rates for small communities" ASCE Journal of Urban Planning Development.