Dr. Stan Settles holds the IBM Chair in Engineering Management, is the Director of the Systems Architecture and Engineering Program, C-director of the Center for Systems and Software Engineering, Director of the Engineering Management Program, and former Chair of the Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Southern California. His research and teaching interests are in the areas of quality management, engineering project management, and manufacturing systems engineering.
Prior to his USC roles he served as Program Director for Design and Integration Engineering at the National Science Foundation. Dr. Settles was on loan to the NSF from Arizona State University in Tempe, where he was a Research Professor in the Department of Industrial and Management Systems Engineering. In 1992 and 1993 he served as Assistant Director for Industrial Technology in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
Dr. Settles had a 30-year career with AlliedSignal Aerospace (now Honeywell), primarily in Phoenix, Arizona. He held a number of positions in design and project engineering, manufacturing, and general management. His titles included: Manager of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, Division Director of Planning, Division Vice-president of Manufacturing Operations, and Corporate Director of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering.
Dr. Settles taught as an adjunct faculty member at Arizona State University in 22 different semesters from 1966 through 1991.
Dr. Settles is a fellow and past president of the Institute of Industrial Engineers, a fellow of the Institute for Operations Research and Management Science, a member of the American Society for Engineering Education, the IEEE/Engineering Management Society/Systems Man & Cybernetics, and the International Council on Systems Engineering.
Dr. Settles was honored by election to the National Academy of Engineering in 1991. He is listed in a number of biographical references, including Who's Who in America. Dr. Settles served as the chair of the National Research Council’s Board on Manufacturing and Engineering Design. He now serves on the committee that oversees the Division of Engineering and Physical Sciences of the National Academies. The USC School of Engineering honored him with its Faculty Service Award for 2001 his contributions to many aspects of society.
He earned his M.S.E. and Ph.D. in industrial engineering from Arizona State University. He holds B.S. degrees in both industrial engineering and production technology from LeTourneau University. Stan and Evelyn have been married for 45 years and enjoy their four sons and eight grandchildren.