Today the IIE Los Angeles Chapter Board of Directors received word that our Past-President Dr. Gerry Nadler has passed away. We are sad to share this news with our IIE and USC family.
Dr. Gerry Nadler received USC’s Faculty Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010, which recognizes faculty for “their notable contributions to the university, their profession and community.” Dr. James Moore, then department chair of the USC Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering wrote an article, which can be read on the Epstein Department website, to highlight a few of Dr. Nadler’s many contributions to USC and the Industrial Engineering profession.
Among his contributions to Industrial Engineering, Dr. Nadler served as President of the Institute of Industrial Engineers at both the local chapter and national levels. Dr. Nadler was recognized as an IIE Fellow and served as a leader, mentor, and advisor to the Institute and its members at all levels.
Dr. Nadler’s inspirational career began with the publication of a Ph.D. thesis, the introduction to which was written by Dr. Lillian Gilbreth who is often recognized as the founder of our profession. As recently as Fall 2013, Dr. Nadler continued to be an active member of the USC community and taught a section of AME 503 New Product Development, a course that was held both in a physical classroom and broadcast on the internet. Few careers encompass such change and demonstrate such commitment to life long learning.
Many of us that have been members of the IIE and USC families have memories and stories about Dr. Nadler. The IIE Los Angeles Chapter Board of Directors invites members to share those stories as comments on this page.