Vice President of Research
Randolph Hall is the vice president of research and a professor in the Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering. As vice president, he is responsible for leading research initiatives across the university and overseeing research advancement, administration, and ethics activities. His office supports USC’s faculty in every discipline and works to build strong relationships with federal government agencies and foundations, in areas ranging from the biological and medical sciences, physical sciences, and engineering to the humanities and social sciences. Hall oversees the Office for Research Advancement in Washington, D.C. and the Office of Contracts and Grants, which manages a sponsored research budget of over $560 million annually. He also oversees the Institutional Review Board, the Office for the Protection of Research Subjects, and the Department of Animal Resources. He works closely with the associate deans for research of the USC Dornsife College, the Keck School of Medicine of USC, and the other USC Schools, as well as with Research Center Directors and faculty leaders to develop cross-disciplinary partnerships. He is also charged with bridging USC’s Health Science and University Park campuses through creative and astute academic partnerships.
Hall’s experience includes serving as the 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). He also served as senior associate dean for research in the Viterbi School of Engineering for four years. Hall was chair of Industrial and Systems Engineering during a period when the faculty size grew by 50%, and when it became the first named academic department at the University of Southern California, upon receipt of a $10 million gift from Daniel J. Epstein. Prior to joining USC, Hall was manager of systems engineering at Partners for Advanced Transit and Highways, a faculty member at the University of California, Berkeley, and a senior research engineer at General Motors.
Hall is the author of Queueing Methods for Services and Manufacturing and the editor for the Handbook of Transportation Science and Patient Flow, Reducing Delay in Healthcare Delivery. He is preparing the Handbook of Healthcare System Scheduling for publication in 2011. He has been funded by the National Science Foundation, U.S. Departments of Homeland Security and Transportation, California Department of Transportation, Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, and LA Care. He has numerous publications in the areas of transportation, logistics, system engineering, and queueing. Hall received his Ph.D. (1982) and M.S. (1980) in civil engineering and his B.S. (1979) in industrial engineering and operations research from UC Berkeley.