Stephen Lu

2015 IFEES Duncan Fraser Global Award Recipient

Stephen Lu recent photoStephen C-Y. Lu, Ph.D. Professor Stephen Lu is the permanent holder of David Packard Chair in Manufacturing Engineering at University of Southern California (USC) in USA. He received a Ph.D. degree in 1984 in mechanical engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; and was a tenured full professor in mechanical and industrial engineering and computer science at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, USA, before joining USC in Los Angeles, CA in 1995. His current technical interests are in design thinking, collaborative engineering, technological innovation, and education reform. He has published over 330 technical papers, books, and chapters, and served on many journals’ editorial boards. He is the founding chief editor of the International Journal of Collaborative Engineering. At USC, he founded the IMPACT Research Laboratory and the Product Development Engineering master degree. Based on his decade-long research in collaborative engineering and technology innovation, he developed the iPodia pedagogy (where “i” stands for inverted, interactive, and international learning) in 2008, and established the Viterbi iPodia program ( iPodia enables all students to learn together in connected classrooms to realize its vision of “learning together for a better world.” In 2012, he initiated the iPodia Alliance ( – an international consortium among leading universities which use “classrooms-without-borders” to provide global learning experiences on local campuses (i.e., “glocal” education). Dr. Lu was a visiting professor at MIT, Technical University, Berlin, Shanghai Jiao-tong University, and KAIST. He is a senior Fellow of ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) and CIRP (International Academy of Production Engineering). He has received many prestigious domestic and international awards, including honorary professorships from six foreign universities and two Presidential recognitions in the USA and Germany.