Randolph Hall, Ph.D. – USC Faculty Instructor

As Vice President of Research for 14 1/2 years, Randolph Hall, Ph.D., has led research initiatives across the university, overseeing research advancement, administration, and research ethics and compliance. He led the creation of USC’s strategic plans for diversity and inclusion in research and scholarship, research administration systems (TARA), science and technology facilities, and alignment of health programs across the university. His other initiatives included rigor and transparency in the conduct of research, research mentoring, and the reinvention of research practices through creativity and collaboration. As Vice President, Randy integrated USC’s central research offices into a single organization, created the DC Office of Research Advancement and the Center for Excellence in Research, and helped establish many new research centers through competitive external funding.

Randy has served in numerous national research leadership groups, including the Association of American Universities and the Association of Academic Health Centers. He also served as Board Chair, and currently serves as senior fellow, for the University Industry Demonstration Partnership (an international industry/university membership organization). He is a member of the National Academies Roundtable on Aligning Incentives for Open Science.

As Professor in the Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Randy’s current research focuses on how universities innovate in their practices for education, research, and clinical care, and how they overcome obstacles to change. Other research experience includes founder/principal investigator for two national research centers: the Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE) and the National Center for Metropolitan Transportation Research (METRANS). As chair of ISE, Hall led Industrial and Systems Engineering to become the first named academic department at the University of Southern California, having risen to a top-15 department nationally, propelled by a major endowment gift from USC Viterbi alum and USC Trustee Daniel Epstein.

Randy is the author of Queueing Methods for Services and Manufacturing and editor of the Handbook of Transportation Science, Patient Flow, Reducing Delay in Healthcare Delivery, and the Handbook of Healthcare System Scheduling. He has numerous research publications in the fields of transportation, highway automation, logistics, healthcare operations, system engineering, and queueing. Randy obtained all his degrees (BS, MS, and PhD) from the University of California at Berkeley.  His current research focuses on how universities develop cultures of innovation.

Academics and Innovation