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James Noble Professor, P.E.


James S. Noble is a professor in the Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering Department at the University of Missouri and MU Site Director for the NSF I/UCRC Center for Excellence in Logistics and Distribution. He received the Society of Manufacturing Engineers Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineering award in 1997. Noble is currently working on research related to integrated production systems, logistics and distribution. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, Hallmark Cards Inc., Ameren Missouri, Boeing Co., Nordyne Co., 3M Co., Square D, the Midwest Transportation Consortium and the Missouri Department of Transportation. He earned the earned the 2014 Win Horner Award for Innovative Writing Intensive Teaching, which recognizes faculty who start a new writing-intensive course or are taking a new direction with their writing-intensive teaching. He is a registered professional engineer in Missouri.

Win Horner Award

Technical Focus

  • Logistics and distribution
  • Integrated production system design
  • Material flow systems


  • PhD and MS from Purdue University
  • BS from the University of Oklahoma