Professor Maged M. Dessouky has assumed the role of department chair for the Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering as of July 1.
Dessouky joined the department in 1993 after completing his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1992. His primary research areas are transportation systems and supply chain logistics.
He is a distinguished member of the field and has received funding from organizations like the National Science Foundation, United States Department of Transportation (USDOT), Caltrans, Federal Transit Administration (FTA), and Department of Homeland Security and its National Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE), among others.
Dessouky’s work has been acknowledged by research and teaching communities. He received the Transportation Science & Logistics Best Paper Prize, the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE) Operations Research Division Excellence in Teaching Award, the USC Associates Award in Teaching, which is the university’s top teaching award, the Alpha Pi Mu/Omega Rho Outstanding Teacher of the Year in Industrial Systems Engineering, and the TRW (formerly Thompson Ramo Wooldridge) School of Engineering Teacher Award.
He is also a Fellow of the IISE and serves on the editorial boards of numerous academic journals, including Computers & Industrial Engineering, IISE Transactions, Transportation Research Part B, and Transportation Research Part E. Previously, he served as area/associate editor for ACM Transactions of Modeling and Computer Simulation and IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems.
Dessouky has succeeded Professor Julia Higle, who served as department chair for the last six and a half years.
In a memo to the University, USC Viterbi Dean Yannis C. Yortsos stated: “I look forward to working closely with Maged and the ISE faculty to keep constantly adding value to our academic offerings, to keep reinventing the discipline and to continue the ascending path of the department to an undisputed position of national leadership.”