S. David Wu, Iacocca Professor and Dean of the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science, was invited recently by the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE), the world’s largest professional organization dedicated to the industrial engineering profession, to give the keynote address at its Annual Conference and Expo. The annual conference was held May 18-22 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, with more than 30 universities, including Lehigh, sponsoring the event.
"Industrial and systems engineers have a tradition of working with other disciplines and extracting the essentials for problem solving," he said. "We want to renew that tradition and form connectivity not only with other engineering professions but also with disciplines in natural sciences, mathematics, business and social sciences."
"Technological and social contexts are changing so fast that no single discipline can grasp the full extent of these complex, interrelated issues," he continued. "With the advent of social media and other collaboration tools, partnership and coalition have become the key ingredients for creative problem solving."
Wu, who was appointed dean of Lehigh's engineering college in 2004, is renowned for his work in operations research, especially in optimization, game theory and statistical analysis. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Defense, Semiconductor Research Corp. and Sandia National Laboratories.