Dean’s Professor and Chair of the Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering Maged Dessouky has been elected as a 2023 Fellow of the Institute of Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS). INFORMS is the leading international association for decision and data sciences, with over 10,000 members spanning industry and academia.
The distinction is among the highest recognitions from INFORMS, acknowledging extraordinary lifetime accomplishments and contributions to the operations research and analytics field. Dessouky was recognized for his “significant contributions in transportation, logistics, operations research, and management science, along with his sustained academic and professional leadership, and for dedicated service in these areas.”
Dessouky is an expert in transportation system optimization and supply chain logistics. He joined USC as an assistant professor in 1993, and from 2010 to 2018, Dessouky was director of USC’s Daniel J. Epstein Institute. In 2018, he took on the position of chair of the Epstein Department, where he played an important leadership role during a period of significant growth in industrial and systems engineering at USC, following Daniel J. Epstein’s historic $25 million cumulative gift to the department.
Dessouky earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University in 1984 and 1987, respectively. In 1992, he completed his Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research at the University of California, Berkeley.
Over the course of his research career, Dessouky has secured funding from a range of institutions, including the National Science Foundation, Society of Manufacturing Engineers, PATH, Caltrans, FTA, Department of Defense, and the Department of Homeland Security. In 2007, he received the Transportation Science & Logistics Best Paper Prize for his work on “Optimal Slack Time for Schedule-Based Transit Operations.”
Dessouky has been recognized with several teaching awards, including the USC Associates Award in Teaching — the university’s top teaching honor. He has received the Alpha Pi Mu/Omega Rho Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award in Industrial Systems Engineering and the TRW (formerly Thompson Ramo Wooldridge) School of Engineering Teacher Award.
Dessouky is also a Fellow of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE). He holds editorial roles for journals including Computers & Industrial Engineering, IISE Transactions, and Transportation Research Part B: Methodological.
Published on October 12th, 2023
Last updated on October 12th, 2023