A University of Central Florida industrial engineering professor has been named a fellow by one of the world’s largest and most well-respected scientific societies.

Charles H. Reilly is the sixth UCF College of Engineering and Computer Science professor in two years to earn the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s recognition for scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications.

The AAAS is honoring Reilly for his important contributions to synthetic optimization and for leadership in industrial engineering education.

Reilly is associate dean for Academic Affairs in UCF’s College of Engineering and Computer Science. His research has focused on generating and solving mathematical problems that – if used by engineers who create process strategies for industries – ultimately help companies streamline their operations.

“Dr. Reilly is a gifted educator, researcher and administrator, and is highly deserving of this honor,” said Marwan Simaan, dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science. “He is one of our leading faculty members in Industrial Engineering combining theory and practice in his research in a unique and outstanding way.”

Reilly is also a fellow in the Institute of Industrial Engineers. He has earned several awards of excellence in his field and in teaching. He has authored many scientific journal articles and reports, and he is a frequent speaker at scientific and simulation forums. He received both his master’s and doctorate in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Business Administration from St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wis.

Reilly will be recognized Feb. 19 during the AAAS annual meeting in Washington, D.C. He also will be included in the AAAS News & Notes section of the journal Science on Jan. 28.

The American Association for the Advancement of Science is the world’s largest general scientific society, and publisher of the journal Science as well as Science Translational Medicine and Science Signaling. AAAS was founded in 1848, and it includes some 262 affiliated societies and academies of science, serving 10 million individuals.