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Stephen Chih-Yang Lu

David Packard Chair in Manufacturing and Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, and Computer Science


  • 1982, Master's Degree, Mechanical Engineering, Carnegie-Mellon University
  • 1978, Bachelor's Degree, Mechanical Engineering, National Taiwan University
  • Doctoral Degree, Mechanical Engineering, Carnegie-Mellon University


Dr. Stephen C-Y. Lu is the permanent holder of the David Packard Endowed Chair Professor in Manufacturing Engineering at the School of Engineering at the University of Southern California (USC). He directs the Viterbi iPodia (ViP) global education Program and the Master of Science in Product Development Engineering program at USC. He is the founding director of the IMPACT (Improving Productivity via Advanced Collaboration Technology) research laboratory at USC, where new theories and technologies are being developed to support the Engineering Collaboration via Negotiation (ECN) paradigm. Before joining USC in 1995, he was a tenured, full professor of Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, and Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), and the founding director of UIUC's Knowledge-based Engineering Systems Research Laboratory. He was a visiting professor at MIT, and the Technical University, Berlin, Germany, in 1993, at Shanghai Jiao-tong University in 2001, and at Korea Advanced Institute of Scence and Technology, Daejeon, Korea, 2007. Dr. Lu was the Chairman of the Technical Advisory Committee of the SAVE/JAST (Joint Advanced Striking Technology) program at the Lockheed-Martin Company that designed and developed the next generation fighter aircrafts for the U.S. military. Dr. Lu has published over 300 technical papers, books and chapters, served on many journals' editorial boards and as a keynote speaker in the fields of design and manufacturing. He is the Chief Editor of the International Journal of Collaborative Engineering. For his scientific and technical contributions, he has received prestigious recognitions from many national and international organizations, including two Presidential (USA and Germany) awards, six honorary professorships, and one founding Dean honor from foreign universities. Dr. Lu's current research and teaching interests are in design thinking, collaborative engineering, and technological innovation.

Research Summary

(1) system design thinking, (2) collaborative engineering, (3) global innovation, (4) design theory and methodology, (5) complexity in design of technical systems, (6) new product development


  • 2012 ASME ASME Fellow
  • 2010 Peking University, Beijing, China Senior Advisor to the President
  • 2009 Chinese Government 1000 Talent Initiative (千人计划)
  • 2008 Peking University, Beijing, China Founding Dean, Peking University Innovation Education and Research (PIER) Institute
  • 2007 Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, China University Distinguished Professor
  • 2005 Shanghai Jiao-Tong University, Shanghai, China Advisory Professor
  • 2003 The International Academy for Production Engineering (CIRP) Elected Full Fellow
  • 2003 The Ministry of Education, People's Republic of China YangTze Distinguished Scholarship Award
  • 2001 the Shanghai Municipal City Government, Shanghai, People’s Republic of China International Technology Contribution Award
  • 1999 Chinese Society of Mechanical Engineers (CSME) Technical Achievements Award in Engineering Design Research
  • 1998 Chongqing University, Chongqing, China Honorary Professor
  • 1998 Kung-Xi University, Kung Xi, China Honorary Professor
  • 1997 Xi’an Jiao-Tong University, Xi’an, China Honorary Professor
  • 1995 U.S. Army Construction Engineering Research Laboratories Distinguished Civilian Service Award
  • 1995 University of Southern California David Packard Chair in Manufacturing Engineering
  • 1995 Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China Honorary Professor
  • 1993 Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung, Germany Humboldt Award for Senior U.S. Scientist
  • 1992 The Fulbright Commission Fulbright Scholarship (Senior Research Professor Category)
  • 1990 Chinese Institute of Engineers, Republic of China (Taiwan) Certificate of Appreciation
  • 1990 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Senior Xerox Award for Faculty Research
  • 1990 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign University Scholar Award
  • 1989 Production Engineering, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Award of Appreciation
  • 1988 Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award
  • 1987 National Science Foundation (NSF) USA Presidential Young Investigator Award
  • 1985 American Society of Engineering Educators (ASEE) Young Engineering Educator Award
  • Dir-Acad Prog, Director of Master of Science in Product Development Engineering (MSPDE) Program
  • Director, iPodia
  • Daniel J Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering
  • Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
  • Thomas Lord Department of Computer Science
  • OHE 430H
  • Olin Hall of Engineering
  • 3650 McClintock Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90089
  • USC Mail Code: 1453
Contact Information
  • (213) 740-9616