Meet the NSF Summer School Professors


2018 NSF Summer Program Speakers


Ali Abbas - Principal Investigator/ Director of the Neely Center, University of Southern California

Ali E. Abbas is Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering and Professor of Public Policy at the University of Southern California. A leading authority in the field of decision and risk analysis, Dr. Abbas received his M.S. in electrical engineering; M.S. in engineering economic systems & operations research; PhD in management science and engineering, and PhD minor in electrical engineering all from the school of engineering at Stanford University. Read More.

Andrea Belz - University of Southern California

Andrea Belz, an expert in transforming innovation into profit, serves as the Vice Dean, Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship, at USC Viterbi. She is the Director of Innovation Node-Los Angeles, one of the national centers of the National Science Foundation's Innovation Corps (I-Corps) program. Read More.                                                                                                                                                                                                    

George Hazelrigg - National Science Foundation

George Hazelrigg  enjoyed designing and building things when he was young, so he decided to go to college to study engineering.  He obtained a BS and MS in mechanical engineering from Newark College of Engineering (now New Jersey Institute of Technology, NJIT), and MA, MSE, and PhD degrees in aerospace engineering from Princeton University. Read More.

Satyandra K. Gupta - University of Southern California

Satyandra K. Gupta is Smith International Professor in the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Southern California. He is the founding Director of the Center for Advanced Manufacturing at the University of Southern California. He served as a program director for the National Robotics Initiative at the National  Science Foundation from September 2012 to September 2014. Read More. 

Richard Malak- National Science Foundation

Richard Malak currently serves as Program Director for the Engineering Design and Systems Engineering (EDSE) program in the division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI) of the National Science Foundation. Read More.                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Jacqueline Orr - University of Southern California

Jacqueline Orr is a consultant and researcher focused on social impact. Her work has been published in a variety of academic journals pertaining to management and entrepreneurship, and she has authored numerous business case studies distributed by Harvard Business Publishing and the Case Centre. Her case, “Driving the Future: Carmakers’ Quandary with Automated Vehicles,” which she is presenting at the NSF Summer School, won first place in the Neely Center’s inaugural Ethics Competition. Read More.

 Tony Schmitz - UNC Charlotte

The mission of Dr. Schmitz’ advanced manufacturing research is to serve the discrete part manufacturing community. The overall focus is improving the practicing engineer’s ability to produce accurate components in a timely manner; this has important ramifications for both the private and defense sectors. Read More.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

Neil Siegel - University of Southern California

Neil Siegel is the IBM professor of Engineering Management in the Daniel Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at USC’s Viterbi School of Engineering. Until the end of 2015, he was the sector vice-president & chief technology officer at Northrop Grumman, where he was responsible for the creation of many first-of-their-kind, large-scale, high-reliability systems. Read More.

Yannis C. Yortsos - Dean of the  Viterbi School of Engineering

Yannis C. Yortsos is the Dean of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering and the Zohrab Kaprielian Chair in Engineering, a position he holds since 2005. Prior to that he served from 2001 to 2005 as Associate Dean and then as Sr. Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Yortsos served as chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering between 1991 and 1996 and since 1995 he also holds the Chester Dolley Professorship. Read More.

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