Professor Farrokh Mistree
L.A. Comp Chair
Farrokh’s passion is to have fun in providing an opportunity for highly motivated and talented people to learn how to define and achieve their dreams.
Since his arrival in August 2009 at OU after seventeen years at Georgia Tech Farrokh holds the L. A. Comp Chair in the School of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma.
Farrokh received his B. Tech (Hons) degree in Naval Architecture in 1967 from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur and his Ph.D. in Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 1974. He has co-authored two textbooks, one monograph and more than 400 technical papers dealing with the integrated realization of materials, products and associated manufacturing processes, the design of mechanical, thermal and structural systems; ships and aircraft; engineered networks. He has supervised 29 doctoral students and more than 50 master’s students, all of whom are well-placed around the world; 13 of his doctoral students are pursuing highly successful careers in academia. In addition, he has mentored two students, one master’s and one doctoral, who now own several for-profit colleges in Orissa, India.
Farrokh is a Fellow of ASME, an Associate Fellow of AIAA, a Life Member of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi and a Member of ASEE, RINA and SNAME. He was named the ASME Ruth and Joel Spira Outstanding Engineering Design Educator in 2011. In September 2012 he was recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India. In December 2012, he received the Life Time Achievement Award from the International Society for Agile Manufacturing, Lafayette, Louisiana.
Farrokh co-directs the Systems Realization Laboratory @ OU with his wife Professor Janet K. Allen in Industrial and Systems Engineering. The Allen-Mistree research focus is on collaboratively defining the emerging frontier for the “intelligent” decision-based realization of complex (cyber-physical-social) systems when the computational models are incomplete and inaccurate. His quest for answers to the key challenges are anchored in five research thrusts, namely,
- Enterprise Modeling of Society Systems and Socio-Techno Systems for Rural Development
- Integrated Realization of Engineered Materials, Products, and Associated Manufacturing Processes
- Knowledge-Based Dynamic Management of Multi-stage Complex Processes
- Knowledge-Based Management Organized and Disorganized Complexity and Risk
- Knowledge-Based Platform for Decision Support in the Design of Engineered Systems
Farrokh’s education focus is on creating and implementing courses aimed at educating strategic engineers—those who have developed the competencies to create value through the realization of complex engineered systems.