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.

2020 Lecture

David Westfall Bates

2020 David W. Bates, M.D., M.Sc.
Harvard University

"Collaborations Between Engineering And Healthcare: Results From The BWH Patient-Safety Learning Laboratory Studies."

USC Hotel
Center Ballroom
Feb 4 2020, 3:30pm

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As suggested by several NAM reports, healthcare could become much more efficient if engineers and care systems were to collaborate more. Dr. Bates will discuss two such efforts, one focused on development of an ICU dashboard, and electronic checklists, and a second aimed at identifying patients in the inpatient setting who may have an incorrect diagnosis or be receiving an incorrect treatment.

Dr. Bates is an internationally renowned expert in patient safety, using information technology to improve care, quality-of-care, cost-effectiveness, and outcomes assessment in medical practice. He is a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and a Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, where he co-directs the Program in Clinical Effectiveness. He directs the Center for Patient Safety Research and Practice at Brigham and Women's Hospital. He served as external program lead for research in the World Health Organization's Global Alliance for Patient Safety and is the past president of the International Society for Quality in Healthcare {ISQua) and the editor of the Journal of Patient Safety. He has published over 800 peer-reviewed papers which have been cited over 700,000 times; he has an h-index of 747, which ranks him among the 400 most cited biomedical researchers of any type. Website:

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Past Speakers

Juan Perez 2019 Mr. Juan Perez
Chief Information and Chief Engineering Officer, UPS. “IE + IT: A Match Made for Innovation.” Learn more >>

2016 Dr. Radhika Kulkarni
Vice President of Advanced Analytics R&D at SAS Institute Inc “Big Data & Big Analytics – Opportunities for Inter‐disciplinary Innovation” Learn more >>

Dr. Neil Siegel
USC Viterbi IBM Professor of Engineering Management
Sector Vice President & Chief Technology Officer, Northrop Grumman
“Applying Systems Engineering to Improve Healthcare”

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Dr. Karl Kempf
Senior Fellow and Director of Decision Engineering at Intel Corporation
“Decision Science at Intel Corporation: Looking Back While Moving Ahead”

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Brenda L. Dietrich

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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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Published on March 27th, 2017

Last updated on March 2nd, 2021