Schorr Named to AHF Hall of Fame Advisory Board

July 24, 2003

Herbert Schorr, Executive Director of the University of Southern California Information Sciences Institute, was named to the Advisory Board of the Automation Hall of Fame July 24.

He joins a jury of distinguished colleagues from industry, government and academe, who annually select new honorees to receive the Hall's Prometheus Medal for their contributions to industrial progress.

The three dozen previous recipients of the Prometheus Medal range from Dr. Yoji Akao (the Japanese developer of "hoshin kanri," or Total Quality Management) to Leonardo da Vinci (articulator of most basic working principles of mechanical devices and tools) and Frederick Winslow Taylor, generally considered the first efficiency expert, who developed the first Scientific Management methodology for manufacturing.

Dr. Schorr's appointment was announced by Robert A. Malone, Chairman of Automation Hall of Fame, Inc. and of the Advisory Board.

Since 1988, Dr. Schorr has been executive director of the USC Information Sciences Institute, an internationally known center for computer science research with more than 130 graduate-level researchers and an annual budget of more than $60 million. He is also associate dean of the USC School of Engineering, of which ISI is a part. Dr. Schorr came to USC from IBM, where he was Vice President in charge of research, responsible for four laboratories on three continents, and played a fundamental role in the development of RISC systems.

Author of numerous papers, Dr. Schorr has taught at Princeton University, Columbia University and the University of California, Berkeley. A graduate of City University of New York, he holds a Ph.D. from Princeton and is a member of IEEE, ACM and the American Association for Artificial Intelligence.

The Automation Hall of Fame is a unique worldwide pantheon of ancient, recent, and contemporary inventors, innovators and industrialists who have contributed to the progress of industry and to the quality of everyday life. It will soon have an exhibit in Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry, augmenting its virtual home on the Internet.