P.C. Rossin College of
Engineering and Applied Science

This lecture series is endowed in the name of the late Spencer C. Schantz, who graduated from Lehigh in 1955 with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering. Following progressive responsibilities with several electrical manufacturing companies, in 1969 he founded U.S. Controls Corporation and became its first CEO and President.

The Spencer C. Schantz Distinguished Lecture Series was established by his wife Jerelyn as a valuable educational experience for faculty, students and friends of Lehigh’s Industrial and Systems Engineering department.

Visit us soon for an announcement on the 2019 Spencer C. Schantz Distinguished Lecture Series.

Past Schantz Lectures:

Mikell Groover

Professor Emeritus, Lehigh University

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Wood Dining Room, Iacocca Hall

“The Evolution of Lehigh University’s Industrial and Systems Engineering Department” (Public)


William J. Cook

University of Waterloo

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Sinclair Laboratory Auditorium

“In Pursuit of the Traveling Salesman: Mathematics at the Limits of Computation” (Public)

William J. Cook

University of Waterloo

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Mohler Lab, Room 453

“Guiding the Cutting-Plane Method” (Technical)


Sunil A. Misser '88G

CEO, Accountability

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Sinclair Auditorium

“Responsible Business – Rebuilding Trust and Creating Value” (Public)


Alain Haurie

Professor Emeritus, University of Geneva, Switzerland

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Mohler Lab, Room 453

“Modeling Energy Transition to Sustainability in a Smart Grid/Smart City Environment” (Technical)


Richard R. Verma '90

U.S. Ambassador to India

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Neville Hall, Room 001

“Technology, Innovation, and American Diplomacy in the 21st Century” (Public)


Dr. Ronald G. Askin '75

Professor of Industrial Engineering and Director of the School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Mohler Lab, Room 451

"Industrial Engineering: Key Principles and Paradigms Developed to Date and the Opportunities and Challenges for the Future" (Technical)


Dr. Robert Bixby

Noah Harding Professor Emeritus of Computational and Applied Mathematics at Rice University and visiting Professor in the Department of Mathematics at Universitat Erlangen

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Sinclair Auditorium

“Computational Progress in Linear and Mixed Integer Programming” (Public)


Dr. Radhika Kulkarni

Vice President of Advanced Analytics R&D at SAS Institute Inc

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Sinclair Auditorium

"Succeeding with Business Analytics - Key Challenges" (Public)

"Big Data and Big Analytics - Opportunities for Interdisciplinary Innovation" (Technical)


Brenda Dietrich

IBM Fellow and VP, IBM Watson Group

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Lewis Laboratory, Room 270

"Cognitive Computing: Behind and Beyond Jeopardy!" (Public)

"Business Analytics: Making Operations Research Ubiquitous" (Technical)


Ralph E. Gomory

Research Professor, New York University

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Sinclair Auditorium

"New Goals for American Corporations" (Public)

"Problems Create Mathematics" (Technical)


Arthur F. Veinott Jr. ’56

Professor Emeritus of Operations Research, Stanford University

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Neville Auditorium 001

"Optimal and Near Optimal Supply Policy for Deterministic Multiperiod Supply Networks" (Public)

"Polytime Computation of Strong and n-Present-Value Optimal Policies in Markov Decision Chains" (Technical)


Leon F. McGinnis, Ph.D.

Eugene C. Gwaltney Chair in Manufacturing Systems and Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Sinclair Auditorium

"Industrial Engineering - Quo Vadis? One Man’s Idiosyncratic View of His Profession" (Public)

"Model Based Industrial Engineering" (Technical)


Irwin Young ’50

DuArt Films Laboratories

Friday, March 18, 2011

Sinclair Auditorium

"How an Engineering Education Affected My Career" (Public)


Dr. Stephen P. Boyd

Stanford University

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Perella Auditorium, Rauch Business Center

"The Role of Embedded Optimization in Smart Systems and Products" (Public)

"Real-Time Embedded Convex Optimization" (Technical)


Dr. John T. Betts

Boeing Company

Friday, April 16, 2010

Perella Auditorium, Rauch Business Center

"What Does a Rocket Scientist Really Do?" (Public)

"Algorithmic Choices When Solving an Optimal Control Problem" (Technical)


Dr. Cynthia Barnhart

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Friday, August 8, 2008

Perella Auditorium, Rauch Business Center

“Unraveling the Mysteries of the Airline Industry"