Kobza received his BS degree in electrical engineering from Washington State University, his MS degree in electrical engineering from Clemson University, and his PhD in industrial and systems engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.He began his career as an assistant professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, then joined the Department of Industrial Engineering at Texas Tech as an associate professor and was promoted to full professor in 2006. He was the associate department chair from 2006-2008 and was named senior associate dean in 2009. He served as interim department chair beginning in 2012. Kobza also was an instructor for the Department of Industrial Engineering at Kasetsart University in Bangkok, Thailand, in 2004 and was a visiting professor in the Department of Systems Engineering at the US Military Academy at West Point from 2005-2006.
Kobza received the Texas Tech Alumni Association New Faculty Award in 2003; he was chosen as one of three researchers to represent Texas Tech at “Research Education for Texas,” an engineering and technology event in Austin in 2003; and he was inducted into the Texas Tech University Teaching Academy in 2002. He also received the Texas Tech Industrial Engineering Professor of the Year Award, presented by the Texas Tech chapter of the Institute of Industrial Engineers, in 2000. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Industrial Engineers, and a member of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences, the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers–Communications Society, and the American Society for Engineering Education. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Texas.