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 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. Four 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.


Maged Dessouky, Professor and Chair


The Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering prepares students to benefit society through innovation of systems, algorithms and advanced quantitative methods. We achieve our mission through our teaching and research in decision-making and design methods for complex and uncertain environments.

Values & Principles

Open Forum

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


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


Exercise patience to allow time for deliberation


Give special care to protect minority interests


Accept the collective will of the group


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.)


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
Email: isedept@usc.edu

Published on March 2nd, 2017

Last updated on July 19th, 2023