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Stephen C-Y. Lu, Ph.D.

David Packard Chair in Manufacturing Engineering,
Director - Product Development Engineering Program,
Founding Director - the IMPACT Research Laboratory

Phone: (213) 740-9616


Dr. Stephen C-Y. Lu, Professor of Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering; Computer Science; and Industrial & Systems Engineering

Dr. Stephen C-Y. Lu received his Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering, with a minor in computer science, from Carnegie-Mellon University (CMU) in Pittsburgh, PA, USA in 1984. Until 1994, he was a tenured professor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, and Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), and the founding Director of the Knowledge-based Engineering Systems Research Laboratory (KBESRL). He joined the University of Southern California (USC) in 1995 as the permanent holder of David Packard Endowed Chair in Manufacturing Engineering to lead the school's design and manufacturing engineering programs. He was the founding Director of USC's Asia Pacific Institute for Global Industrial Leadership. He is a Professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, and Industrial and Systems Engineering, and the Director of the Product Development Engineering (PDE) program ( at USC. Professor Lu is also the founding Director of USC's Improving Productivity with Advanced Collaboration Technology (IMPACT) laboratory, where new theory and methodology are developed to support the Engineering Collaboration via Negotiation (ECN) paradigm. He is leading a campus-wide interdisciplinary research and education initiative on Collaboration Science and Technology (CST) at USC.

Dr. Lu was a visiting professor in mechanical engineering at MIT (1993), the Technical University, Berlin (1993), and the Shanghai Jiao-tong University (2001). He has over 260 technical publications; chaired many conferences/meetings; served on several journals' editorial boards; and as a frequent keynote speaker at international conferences. He is currently the Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Collaborative Engineering ( He is an elected Fellow of CIRP (International Academy of Production Engineering,, has served as the Chairman of CIRP's Design Scientific and Technical Committee (STC/Dn) and the ECN Working Group. He was the Chairman of the Technical Advisory Committee of the JAST (Joint Advanced Striking Technology) program at the Lockheed-Martin Co. that designed and developed the next generation fighter aircrafts for the U.S. military. For his technical contributions, he has received many prestigious awards, including two presidential recognitions (in USA and Germany). He has been honored with an honorary professorship from five foreign universities to date.

Over the past two decades, Dr. Lu has established himself as a Global Academic Entrepreneur to provide technological innovations and strategic services to international academic and industrial organizations. The unique combination of his technical knowledge, entrepreneurship experience, and global networks gives him a distinctive advantage in offering special values to leading educational institutions and industrial enterprises. For more details of Professor Lu's professional background and career activities, please visit