2000 Distinguished Service Award: Gerald Nadler

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Gerald Nadler
IBM Chair Emeritus in Engineering Management
University of Southern California
Consultant on Breakthrough Thinking

Professor, chairman, director, planner, author, arbitrator, engineer, volunteer, veteran, husband, father–it’s difficult to briefly summarize Gerald Nadler’s talents and achievements. However, the name of his revolutionary planning, design and problem solving methodology offers an idea of how he has managed to become so accomplished…Breakthrough Thinking®.

Nadler’s research involves determination of characteristics and attributes of effective and successful engineers, planners and designers; methods for increasing the personal effectiveness of any professional manager or executive; quality and productivity improvement; and management of engineering, research and innovation in technology.

He is IBM Chair Emeritus in Engineering Management and Professor Emeritus of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Southern California (USC) where he was department chair from 1983 to 1993.

He also serves as director of the Breakthrough Thinking® Group of the MERIT Center at USC and as president of The Center for Breakthrough Thinking® Inc., an international consulting firm.

Nadler earned his bacheolor’s degree in mechanical engineering and MS and PhD in industrial engineering from Purdue University in 1945, ’46 and ’49 respectively. He taught industrial engineering at Purdue and Washington University in St. Louis and worked in industry before joining the UW-Madison industrial engineering faculty in 1964.

He is the author of more than 200 published articles and 13 books, several of which have been translated into eight languages. He has delivered more than 750 invited lectures at universities, companies and conferences around the world. Nadler’s contributions also include a patented system to measure the velocity of any body member, statistical models in work measurement, and design and implementation of many major systems in a wide variety of organizations.

In addition to many other awards and honors, Nadler is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and was international president (1989-90) of the Institute of Industrial Engineers. He is a recipient of Purdue University’s Distinguished Engineer Alumnus Award.

Nadler is writing three books and serves on three PhD committees. He and his wife, Elaine, have been married for 53 years and have three children and six grandchildren.