The Institute is led by a director appointed by the USC Viterbi Dean of Engineering, Yannis C. Yortsos.  The current director is Professor Yong Chen who is responsible for managing the day to day activities of the Institute and sets the strategic direction for the Institute. A proposal review committee evaluates all proposals and makes recommendations on the fundable projects to the Institute’s Director.  The inaugural Director of the Institute was was Professor Maged Dessouky.

Dr. Yong Chen is a professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering and Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering (courtesy) at the University of Southern California. He received his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology in 2001. Prior to joining USC in 2006, he was a senior Research and Development engineer in 3D Systems Inc, the pioneer in 3D Printing industry. Dr. Chen’s research focuses on additive manufacturing (3D printing) in micro- and meso- scales. He received multiple Best/Outstanding Paper Awards in major design and manufacturing journals and conferences. Other major awards he received include the National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award in 2012, the Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) in 2008, and the invitations to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Frontiers of Engineering Symposiums in 2009, 2013, and 2015, respectively. Dr. Chen is a Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). He has served as conference/program chairs as well as keynote speakers in several international conferences, including the Conference Chair of the 2017 International Manufacturing Research Conference (NAMRC/MSEC/ICM&P) in Los Angeles, California. He is also in the editing board of several design and manufacturing journals.