Peter Will Appointed to USC Professorship

April 13, 2001

Peter Will, the founder of ISI's Distributed Scalable Systems division, has added an appointment in the USC School of Engineering.

Will, an expert in robotics and an internationally recognized specialist in MicroElectroMechanical Systems (MEMS), is now also a professor in the department of materials science. Will was already a research professor in the department of industrial systems engineering (ISE), a status he will maintain, along with his affiliation with ISI's Division 2.

During his long affiliation with ISI, Will has carried out research on information systems applications to manufacturing, creating new algorithms for overhead cost reduction, and devising manufacturing applications for the Internet. He even worked n electronic commerce, work that led to his earlier appointment in ISE.

Will has also, in addition to his pioneering work on MEMS, worked on related issues including CMOS compatible 3-D rapid prototyping, micro and nano-scale robotics, and on devices for optical switching for communications.

Prior to joining ISI, he spent 15 years at IBM's Yorktown Research Lab, seven years with Schlumberger, and five years at HP Labs.

Will has more than 100 publications and holds 11 patents. He has been active on government committees, most notably as a member of the Computer Science and Technology Board of the National Research Council, chair of three NSF advisory committees and as Chair of the National Academy Study on Information Technology in Manufacturing. For six years he was a member of the ISAT group working with DARPA. In 1990, he was awarded the Engelberger Prize in robotics.