Irving Salmeen is a lecturer at the Ford School. He previously served as the associate director of the Ford School's Science, Technology, and Public Policy program (2012-2014) and a research scientist with the U-M Center for the Study of Complex Systems (2008-2012). He previously worked for 36 years in the Ford Motor Company Scientific Research Laboratories, retiring in 2007. At retirement he headed the lab's systems analytics department, which developed mathematical models for business, manufacturing, and vehicle technologies. He holds a PhD in biophysics and BS degrees in engineering physics and mathematics from the University of Michigan.