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Farrokh Mistree - Professor

LA 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 the University of Oklahoma, after seventeen years at Georgia Tech, Farrokh holds the L. A. Comp Chair in the School of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering.

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, five monographs and more than 500 technical papers dealing with the co-design of materials, products and associated manufacturing processes, the design of mechanical, thermal and structural systems; ships and aircraft; engineered networks.  He has co-mentored 36 doctoral students and 65 master’s students; 18 of his mentees are pursuing highly successful careers in academia.  In addition, he has mentored two students, one master’s and one doctoral, who founded several for-profit colleges in Odisha, 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. In 2023 he received the Pahl-Beitz ICONNN Award for contributions to design science and education.

Farrokh co-directs the Systems Realization Laboratory @ OU (SRL@OU) with his wife Professor Janet K. Allen who holds the John and Mary Moore Chair in Industrial and Systems Engineering.  The SRL@OU is a multicultural, multidisciplinary academic family focused on educating the next generation of professors. They provide an opportunity for every member to learn how to dream, rise to his/her full potential and contribute to the scholarship associated with the realization of complex engineered systems.  Allen and Mistree hypothesize that

  • ALL grand challenges can be modeled as Cyber-Physical-Social (CPS) systems.
  • Public policy is foundational for addressing any grand challenge. 

Hence, their interest in evolving CPS to support policy making.  They seek to model evolving CPS systems as multi-echelon networks of services thereby ensuring the computational platform to be used to design and manage an evolving CPS is agnostic to domains of application.  Their quest for answers to the key challenges associated with evolving CPS systems are anchored in the following research thrusts:

Platformization:  Knowledge-Based Platform for Decision Support in the Design of Engineered Systems

  • Predictive Analytics: Simulation of Future Outcomes using Limited Data
  • Knowledge-Based Management of Computational Complexity and Risk
  • Knowledge-Based Exploration of the Solution Space

Disruptive Innovation in an Evolving Cyber-Physical-Social Space

  • Rural Development Policy:  Evolving Food-Energy-Water Nexus for Sustainable Development
  • Towards a Hydrogen Economy:  Monetization of investment by industry, an equitable social return of investment for the government and community
  • Sustainment Policy:  Dynamic Management Fail-Safe Supply Networks
  • Modernization Policy:  Dynamic Management of Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul.
  • Education:  Contextual Assessment of Student Learning through Reflection on Doing

The Allen-Mistree education focus is on creating and implementing courses aimed at educating strategic engineers—those who have developed the competencies to create value in digitally transforming enterprises through the realization of complex engineered systems.




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