(October 20, 2015) Dr. Manfred Ludwig (Fred) Spengler, Associate Professor Emeritus of the Grado Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE), passed away on October 12, 2015. He resided in Christiansburg, VA, was active in the St. Michael Lutheran Church in Blacksburg, VA, as well as the Blacksburg Lions Club. He retired after 22 years of service in the U.S. Air Force reserves at the rank of Major, and worked as an industrial engineer at Eastman Kodak, Stromberg-Carlson, and the Harris Corporation.
Following his industrial employment, in 1975 Professor Spengler joined Virginia Tech, and served for many years as a Cooperative Extension faculty, assisting manufacturing entities with industrial engineering problems and teaching short courses in industry. In 1994, he transitioned into a full-time faculty teaching position with the ISE department, and applied his instructional skills to the undergraduate curriculum, where he revamped the fundamental Methods Engineering and Work Measurement course and advised numerous student teams in the Senior Design course until his retirement from the university in 2000.
As a graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology with an MBA degree, in addition to his industrial engineering degree from Columbia School of Engineering, Professor Spengler was a strong proponent of value-based engineering, where he applied economics techniques to engineering analyses. He published papers in several industrial engineering journals, and was very active in the Institute of Industrial Engineers, from which he received several commendations for his development activities.
In 2003, Professor Spengler endowed a $25,000 scholarship at Virginia Tech for undergraduate engineering students in memory of his late daughter, Laurie Anne Spengler. He also was a major supporter of the Young Life of Virginia program. Fred was proud of his two children and five grandchildren, and he will be greatly missed by his friends in academia and industry.
Professor Spengler's memorial was also published on the College of Engineering News.