Introduced by James Moore, chair of the Viterbi School's Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Henry T. Yang delivered the fourth Eberhardt Rechtin Lecture April 15.
Henry Yang with USC Provost and President-Elect Max Nikias
Yang offered thoughts on industrial and systems engineering in addition to his analysis of USC President Sample'e important APRU role.
"This Association is one of the countless legacies Steve has given us," said Yang. "Without a doubt, it was his bold vision and his energetic devotion that led to its formation and ultimately ensured its success."
APRU is a consortium of 42 leading research universities in the Pacific Rim, and aims to foster cooperation in education, research and enterprise for the economic, scientific and cultural advancement of the Pacific Rim. Its first annual meeting took place in Los Angeles in 1997.
Previous Rechtin Lecturers include Dr. Richard K. Miller President of Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering, who spoke on "What Does Every Engineer Need to Know--Now?" in 2009; Dr. Wanda Austin CEO of The Aerospace Corporation, on "The Human Factor: Managing Technical Complexity and Creativity in the 21st Century" in 2008, and Louis Martin Vega, who gave the first Rechtin Lecture in 2007, speaking on "Industrial Engineering in the 21st Century: Challenges and Opportunities"
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Dr. Yang has authored or co-authored more than 170 articles for scientific journals, served as P.I. or co-P.I. for 32 sponsored research grants, guided 52 Ph.D. theses, and received 13
Epstein Department Chair James Moore introduced the Chancellor
He has served on scientific advisory boards for various government agencies. He is currently a member of the National Academy of Engineering’s Aerospace Engineering Peer Committee, the Kavli Foundation Board, and the Millennium Technology Prize Selection Committee, and is chairman of the board for the Thirty Meter Telescope project. In 2009 he was appointed to the President’s Committee for the National Medal of Science.
Dr. Yang has received a number of recognitions for his research, teaching, and public service, including the Benjamin Garver Lamme gold medal from the American Society of Engineering Education and five honorary doctorates. In 2008, he was awarded the AIAA Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Award. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of AIAA, ASEE, and ASME.