Dr. Sara Lu Riggs

Principal Investigator


  • Ph.D., Industrial and Operations Engineering, University of Michigan, 2014
  • M.S.E., Industrial and Operations Engineering, University of Michigan, 2011
  • B.S., Industrial and Systems Engineering (Minor: Business), Virginia Tech, 2009
  • B.A., Economics, Virginia Tech, 2009
  • sriggs [at] clemson [dot] edu
  • Find me on Google Scholar

Abbreviated Teaching Statement

I love teaching because, for me, it is my way of making a difference in this world – by shaping students to become independent thinkers and creating the next generation of engineers, scholars, and innovators. To this end, my ultimate goal is to develop the students’ problem solving skills both within and beyond the classroom. Based on my experiences as a student, mentor, and instructor, my teaching is founded on the following principles: 1) learning is hands-on, 2) learning is best in an all-inclusive environment, and 3) learning is about continual improvements.

Courses I have taught include:

  • IE 2100/2101 - Design and Analysis of Work Systems Lecture and Lab (Spring 2016; Spring 2017; Spring 2018)
  • IE 4910/6910 - Investigating Human Error in Complex Systems (Fall 2014, Spring 2016; Fall 2016)
  • IE 8150 - Research Methods in Ergonomics (Spring 2015; Spring 2018)
  • IE 8930 - Multimodal Displays (Fall, 2017)

Outside the Classroom

In my free time I like to spend time with my husband Robert, who is a lecturer in Industrial Engineering, daughter, and dog. I also like to bake, cook, and run long distances (aiming to run another marathon before I go up for tenure). I don't race very often, but you can find my Athlinks page here. I also am an avid sports fan in general, but especially like college basketball and football. I closely follow and root for my alma mater teams – the Virginia Tech Hokies and Michigan Wolverines – and now the Clemson Tigers.