USC Professor Emeritus of Industrial and Systems Engineering Gerald Nadler was awarded the
University of Southern California Faculty Lifetime Achievement award on April 26 at the
University?s 29th Annual Academic Honors Convocation held at Town and Gown. The USC
Faculty Lifetime Achievement Award is granted each year to a small number of particularly
eminent, outstanding retired faculty members on the basis of “their notable contributions
to the university, their profession and community.” Honorees are selected by a committee
appointed by the Provost. The award places special emphasis on teaching, research,
publications, university service, community/government service, contributions to
professional organizations, and professional awards and recognition.
A recipient of one of the two Faculty Lifetime Achievement Awards issued for 2010, Gerald
Nadler is a worldwide leader in industrial and systems engineering who has made key
contributions in multidisciplinary system planning and design methodologies, and in the
teaching of technological literacy to non-engineering students. His achievements as a
pioneering scholar and educator in his field have earned him membership in the National
Academy of Engineering and selection as a Fellow in the American Association for the
Advancement of Science, the American Society of Engineering Education, and several others.
Prolific as a scholar and prescient in his interdisciplinary approach, Professor Nadler has
authored more than 225 published articles and 15 books. He has delivered more than 900
invited presentations around the world. In examining the processes used by successful
managers and designers, he introduced the concept of breakthrough thinking as a way to
design, develop, and improve systems and organizations. One of his books, Breakthrough
Thinking: Why We Must Change the Way we Solve Problems, and the Seven Principles to Achieve
This, has been translated into 10 languages.
A mainstay in the life of the Viterbi School?s Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems
Engineering, which he chaired from 1983 to 1993, he was instrumental in its reinvigoration
and rising stature. He also directed USC?s Center on the Management of Engineering,
Research, and Innovation in Technology.
“Gerald Nadler has been a fabulously productive member of USC?s intellectual community,”
reports Epstein ISE Department Chair James Moore, “and of every community that has been
fortunate enough to claim him as a member. He is still contributing: Few faculty members
anywhere have demonstrated the level of relentless dedication to scholarship and the life
of the mind that Prof. Nadler continues to deliver. His contributions have been very
important to the ascent of the Epstein ISE Department, the Viterbi School of Engineering,
the University of Southern California, and to the field of Industrial and Systems
Engineering. He is profoundly deserving of the recognition provided by USC's Faculty
Lifetime Achievement Award.”
Professor Nadler has also earned the USC Phi Kappa Phi Faculty Recognition Award, the
Distinguished Engineering Alumnus Award from Purdue University, and the Frank and Lillian
Gilbreth Industrial Engineering Award from the Institute of Industrial Engineers, of which
he is a Fellow.