Viterbi Dean Yannis C. Yortsos, Dorit Hochbaum, Daniel J. Epstein, and USC Provost and Senior Vice President Elizabeth Garrett
Hochbaum said she “has found a wonderful intellectual home at USC,” singling out its interdisciplinary focus: “It is simple to work across departmental and disciplinary lines, and I love working with colleagues inside and outside the department.” She also praised Epstein as “a great asset to the department!”
In the installation, Garrett noted that the first known endowed chair was in 1502, when “Margaret of Richmond, mother of Henry VII, established the Lady Margaret Professorship of Divinity at Oxford University,” but that the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius had funded lectureships in the second century A.D.
The provost, aided by the dean, revealed a full-sized chair that had been draped in linen to cap the installation ceremony.
Daniel J. Epstein and Dorit Hochbaum
Epstein received his B.S. from USC in 1962 and named the Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering in 2002. He said an important academic mission was to “find the true leaders in the field.”
Hochbaum was described to be a game-breaker and a superb addition to the faculty. The first chair he endowed was filled six years ago by Sheldon Ross. Both Ross and Hochbaum were recruited to USC from UC-Berkeley.
Her research interests include discrete optimization, algorithms' design and complexity, coping with NP-hardness, clustering, pattern recognition, data mining and image segmentation.
Also attending the ceremony were USC Vice President for Research Randolph Hall, ISE Department Chair Stan Settles and former Chair James Moore; Computer Science Department Chair Shanghua Teng, and USC Women in Science and Engineering Chair Leana Golubchik; Sheldon M. Ross, the holder of the the Epstein Chair and Hochbaum's husband Aaron.