F. Stan Settles

October 3, 1938

Brief Biography

F. Stan Settles received an industrial engineering and production degree from LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas. He went on to Arizona State University to earn a Masters and PhD. Settles spent three decades  with AlliedSignal Aerospace (Honeywell). Besides design and project engineering positions, Settles also managed and oversaw projects. Over the course of his influential career, Settles held a variety of titles including Manager of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, Division Director of Planning, Division Vice President of Manufacturing Operations, and Corporate Director of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering. Settles took advantage of AlliedSignal’s proximity to his alma mater and was a part-time adjunct professor at Arizona State.

In 1991, Settles became a full-time Research Professor at ASU’s Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Systems Engineering. He worked with the National Science Foundation as Program Director for Design and Integration Engineering. Settles later spent two years as the Assistant Director for Industrial Technology in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy under the Bush and  Clinton administrations.

Settles has served the professional and academic communities of industrial engineering and operations research in many ways. In 1987, he served as president of the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE). In addition to being honored as  IIE Fellow, Settles is an elected Fellow of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (2002) and the International Council on Systems Engineering (2008). Settles has been an active advocate for a better defined education of industrial engineering and operations research. In 1991, he was elected into the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) for “outstanding contributions to industrial engineering and manufacturing practice, and for leadership in advancing collaboration between industry and academia.” With the NAE, he serves on the Panel on the Review of Manufacturing-related Programs at the National Institute of Standards and Technology and oversees the Division of Engineering and Physical Sciences of the National Academies. Settles previously chaired the National Research Council’s Board on Manufacturing and Engineering Design.

Settles has been the IBM Chair in Engineering Management, Director of the Systems Architecture and Engineering Program, C-director of the Center for Systems and Software Engineering, Director of the Engineering Management Program, and former Chair of the Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Southern California. His research interests include systems thinking in motorsports and the manufacturing of biomedical and biotechnical devices. 

Other Biographies

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Engineering Systems Division. Symposium 2004: F. Stan Settles, PhD. Accessed April 26, 2015. (link)

University of Southern California Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering. Faculty Directory: Stan Settles. Accessed August 22, 2018. (link)

University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering. Viterbi Faculty Directory: Stan Stanley Settles. Accessed August 22, 2018. (link)


LeTorneau University, BS 1962

Arizona State University, MS 1967 

Arizona State University, PhD 1969


Academic Affiliations
Non-Academic Affiliations
  • AlliedSignal Aerospace
  • National Research Council

Key Interests in OR/MS

Application Areas

Oral Histories

Stan Settles (2015) Interview by Maged Dessouky, July 23, 2015.  Video by Nadia Barosy,  Los Angeles, CA

NOTE:  The video chapter transcripts below are searchable, with search results displayed as marks on the time bar above the search box.  Click a mark to jump to the search word or phrase in the video and transcript, or click on any word in the transcript to jump to that point in the video.

Jump to Chapters

Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Teaching Starts
Chapter 3: Graduate School While Working
Chapter 4: Transition in Engineering
Chapter 5: Operations Research Techniques
Chapter 6: Full-time Student
Chapter 7: Back to Full-Time Work
Chapter 8: Transition to Washington
Chapter 9: Transition to Academia
Chapter 10: Closing Summary

Awards and Honors

Institute of Industrial Engineers Fellow 1984

National Academy of Engineering Member 1991

Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences Fellow 2002

International Council on Systems Engineering Fellow 2008

Professional Service

Institute of Industrial Engineers, President 1987 

Selected Publications

Thompson W. J., Settles F. S., & Pritsker A. A. B. (1969) An analysis of a manufacturing process using the GERT approach. Engineering Research Center, College of Engineering Sciences: Arizona State University.

Seifert D. J. & Settles F. S. (1989) Are industrial engineers working on the right things in manufacturing?. Industrial Engineering, 21(2): 46-47.

Bailey D. E., Sanrow D., & Settles F. S. (1999). Applying continuous quality improvement techniques to a research environment. Quality Management Journal, 6(2).

Grant H. & Settles S. (2009) survey of issues in biomanufacturing research. IIE Transactions, 41(6): 537-545.