Welcome From the Chair

Welcome to the Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Southern California. The Epstein ISE Department is a rapidly expanding academic unit in the Andrew and Erna Viterbi School of Engineering.  Our faculty and staff are dedicated to providing the best possible experience for students who want an education that integrates engineering, technology, and management. The systems view pervades our curriculum. We have graduates working in consulting, technology development, software, supply chains, manufacturing, engineering management and many related areas. Epstein ISE graduates find professional success in all sectors of the economy: private, public and every combination in between.

In 2002, we became the first named department at the University of Southern California – The Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering. The founder and CEO of ConAm Management Corporation, Daniel Epstein used his ISE education to become a leading real estate developer and manager. Mr. Epstein recently donated $11 million to the department to enable us to recruit new, additional faculty members in information technology and engineering management.

Our undergraduate degrees are excellent preparation for professional engineering practice, technology commerce, related professional activities or as the intellectual foundation for further graduate or professional study anywhere.  Our graduate degrees prepare students for the most advanced work in the field, either as industry professionals or as academic personnel. Our graduate program in Systems Architecting and Engineering is a unique, nationally prominent collaboration with industry and other universities. Five of our graduate degrees are available to off-campus students via the USC Viterbi School’s Distance Education Network (DEN). Distance education students participate in real-time lectures and discussions that are offered concurrently to students on the USC University Park campus. The same technologies that support our off-campus students also provide important new pedagogic options to on-campus students.

You can find detailed information about all of our degree options, courses, faculty and research throughout this website. We in the Epstein ISE Department look forward to working with you to make your USC Viterbi School education a success.


Julie Higle, Professor and Chair


The Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering will be a world leader in education, research and innovation by creating, expanding and communicating knowledge for the design, operation, integration and improvement of products, processes and socio-technical systems.  Our faculty and students will be leaders in the profession, shaping the future by contributing creatively and analytically to solve societal problems.

Values & Principles

  • Open Forum

    Maintain an open forum where all may advocate their ideas in a transparent manner

  • Consideration

    Give thoughtful consideration to points of view that are not our own

  • Patience

    Exercise patience to allow time for deliberation

  • Care

    Give special care to protect minority interests

  • Collectivity

    Accept the collective will of the group

  • Assistance

    Assist each other in achieving our collective and individual goals

  • Commitment to Excellence

    Commit to excellence in all aspects of department activities (e.g. teaching, research, mentoring, outreach, etc.)

  • Accountability

    Help each other to be accountable for following these principles

Contact Information

Daniel J. Epstein
Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering
3715 McClintock Ave, GER 240
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0193

Phone: (213) 740-4893
Fax: (213) 740-1120
Email: isedept@vsoe.usc.edu

Faculty Job Posting:

The Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering invites applications for the position of Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, and Professor of Practice. We seek outstanding candidates in all areas of ISE including probability, statistics, stochastic processes, discrete event simulation, systems modeling and analysis, project management, quality management and supply chain management. The Viterbi School of Engineering is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty and welcomes applications from women, underrepresented minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. USC is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law or USC policy. USC will consider for employment all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring ordinance. We invite applications from candidates who have the training and experience necessary to teach a variety of Engineering Management and Industrial & Systems Engineering courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. An earned doctorate is required and we prefer it be in a field closely related to Industrial and Systems Engineering. Applicants are also encouraged to include a succinct statement on fostering an environment of diversity and inclusion. For further information and application instructions, please go to https://usccareers.usc.edu/job/los-angeles/lecturer-of-industrial-and-systems-engineering/1209/8192330