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$25 million cumulative gift to transform industrial and systems engineering at USC

  • 1.  $25 million cumulative gift to transform industrial and systems engineering at USC

    Posted 10-11-2021 21:40


    We are pleased to announce a new gift by USC alumnus Daniel J. Epstein to the USC Viterbi School of Engineering totaling $14 million.  This gift is part of $25 million in cumulative support that USC Trustee Daniel J. Epstein has contributed to USC and will enable the Epstein Industrial and Systems Engineering department to embark on an ambitious plan to expand research excellence, enhance student experiences, increase diversity and renovate its facilities. Key objectives include the strategic hiring of an additional seven tenure track or tenured faculty at all levels.   For a full story on this gift please see

    We plan to continue building on our research capacity in emerging interdisciplinary fields aligned with ISE, such as:

    • Computational systems and optimization: harnessing artificial intelligence and mathematical programming for innovation and improved decision making.
    • Statistics, stochastic systems and machine learning: analytics and simulation methods that harness and apply massive amounts of data to serve society.
    • Operations and systems engineering: using advanced mathematical models and algorithms to solve emerging problems and grand challenges.

     We will be recruiting at the upcoming INFORMS conference and we will be posting the job announcement shortly.  We would appreciate it if you notified your graduating doctoral students or post-docs of our faculty recruiting initiative and have them be on the lookout for the job posting.  



    Maged Dessouky

    Dean's Professor &  Chair
    Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering
    University of Southern California
    Los Angeles, CA 90089-0193
    phone 213 740 4891
    fax 213 740 1120