EE Pioneer Series – Jerry M. Mendel

Electrical Engineering Pioneer Series

Join us for our EE Pioneer Series, a seminar series that showcases members of our very own USC Electrical Engineering Faculty! These talks not only offer a technical presentation from faculty, but more importantly feature an oral history interview. This series of interviews will capture the inspiring journeys and stories of the many individuals who have helped shape and develop our department. We continue this series with a technical talk and interview with Professor of Electrical Engineering, Jerry M. Mendel, Ph.D.


Jerry M. MendelJerry M. Mendel, Ph.D.
Tuesday, May 5, 2015, EEB 132

Ode to Joy of Research
To me Research is synonymous with Exploration, traveling into the great unknown and hopefully discovering something that no one else has seen before. Just as Explorers must ask critical questions, many of which are open-ended, in what we call “Research” it’s important, arguably crucially important, to focus on asking the right questions. In this short talk I’m going to focus on some of the questions that I’ve asked or that my students have asked so you get a very good sense of what I mean, beginning with my days as a graduate student, continuing with my years in industry and concluding with my more than 40 years at USC. I have been very fortunate to have experienced the joy of research for more than 50 years, and will also highlight especially joyous moments.

Jerry M. Mendel received the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, Brooklyn, NY. Currently he is Professor of Electrical Engineering at USC, where he has been since 1974. He has published over 550 technical papers and is author and/or co-author of 12 books. His present research interests include: type-2 fuzzy logic systems and their applications to a wide range of problems, including smart oil field technology, computing with words, and fuzzy set qualitative comparative analysis. He is a Life Fellow of the IEEE, a Distinguished Member of the IEEE Control Systems Society, and a Fellow of the International Fuzzy Systems Association. He was President of the IEEE Control Systems Society in 1986. He was a member of the Administrative Committee of the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society for nine years, and was Chairman of its Fuzzy Systems Technical Committee and the Computing With Words Task Force of that TC. Among his awards are the 1983 Best Transactions Paper Award of the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society, the 1992 Signal Processing Society Paper Award, the 2002 and 2014 Transactions on Fuzzy Systems Outstanding Paper Awards, a 1984 IEEE Centennial Medal, an IEEE Third Millenium Medal, and a Fuzzy Systems Pioneer Award (2008) from the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society.

Time Event
2:00pm Introduction & Welcome
2:05pm “Ode to Joy of Research” by Jerry M. Mendel, Professor of Electrical Engineering
2:45pm Jerry Mendel in Conversation with Keith Chugg
3:45pm Reception – Light Refreshments


Electrical Engineering Pioneer Series -Jerry Mendel Technical Talk



Electrical Engineering Pioneer Series -Jerry Mendel in Conversation with Keith Chugg