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Rechtin Lecture

Rechtin Lecture

The Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering has named its keynote lecture for the late Eberhardt Rechtin.

Rechtin was a former Viterbi School professor, National Academy of Engineering member,  and a founding father of systems architecting engineering as a distinct discipline. He played a key role in the development of U.S. space technologies and had a storied career in government and industry before coming to USC.

He headed JPL’s Communications Group in the 60s, the Advanced Research Projects Agency (later to become DARPA) soon after, and was named CEO of the Aerospace Corporation subsequent to that.

2017 Speaker


Mr. Charles “Chuck” Hull
Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, 3D Systems
Thursday, April 13, 2017
USC Radisson Hotel, Center Ballroom 3540 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90007
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 Past Speakers


Dr. Denis Cortese
Emeritus President and CEO of Mayo Clinic
"A System of Healthcare for the USA"
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Dr. Henry T. Yang

Chancellor University of California, Santa Barbara
"International Collaboration - A Reflection on the Creation of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities by Steven Sample"
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Dr. Richard K. Miller
President of Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
"What Does Every Engineer Need to Know--Now?"
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Dr. Wanda Austin
CEO of The Aerospace Corporation
"The Human Factor: Managing Technical Complexity and Creativity in the 21st Century"
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Louis Martin Vega (inaugural lecture)
"Industrial Engineering in the 21st Century: Challenges and Opportunities"
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