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 17 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 design of mechanical, thermal and structural systems; ships and aircraft. His design experience spans the areas of mechanical, aeronautical, structural, and industrial engineering. He has taught courses in engineering design, naval architecture, solid mechanics, operations research and computer science. He has supervised 28 doctoral students and more than 50 master's students, all of whom are well-placed around the world; 12 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’s current research focus is model-based realization of complex systems by managing uncertainty and complexity. The key question he is investigating is what are the principles underlying rapid and robust concept exploration when the analysis models are incomplete and possibly inaccurate? His quest for answers to the key question are anchored in three projects, namely,
Integrated Realization of Robust, Resilient and Flexible Networks
Integrated Realization of Engineered Materials and Products
Managing Organized and Disorganized Complexity: Exploration of the Solution Space
His current education focus is on creating and implementing, in partnership with industry, a curriculum for educating strategic engineers—those who have developed the competencies to create value through the realization of complex engineered systems.
Farrokh co-directs the Systems Realization Laboratory at OU with Professor Janet K. Allen, Industrial and Systems Engineering.