APSIH congratulates Dr. Najmedin (Najm) Meshkati for receiving the 2015 Arnold M. Small President's Distinguished Service Award from The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES). Named in 1985 after Arnold Small, founding father of the human factors in the US, and former USC Viterbi professor, this award recognizes individuals whose career-long contributions have brought honor to the profession and society. Professor Meshkati’s work is wide-ranging, from Bhopal and Chernobyl to Fukushima and Deep Water Horizon. For the past 25 years, he has been teaching and conducting research on risk reduction and reliability enhancement of complex technological systems, including nuclear power, aviation, petrochemical and transportation industries.
Dr. Najmedin (Najm) Meshkati is a Professor at the Sonny Astani Department of Civil/Environmental Engineering and a Professor at the Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the Viterbi School of Engineering, University of Southern California (USC). His research is concerned primarily with the risk reduction and reliability enhancement of complex and large-scale socio-technical systems. These include such systems as the five modes of transportation and their facilities, energy generation (e.g. nuclear power) plants, petrochemical plants and refineries, transmission and distribution grids, and telecommunication networks. He has inspected many nuclear power and petrochemical plants around the world including Chernobyl in May 1997. He is an elected Fellow of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) and a recipient of the HFES’s Oliver Keith Hansen Outreach and research award, an AT&T Faculty Fellow in Industrial Ecology, a twice NASA Faculty Fellow at Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and a recipient of the Presidential Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation. He simultaneously received a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and a B.A. in Political Science in 1976, from Sharif (Arya-Meher) University of Technology and Shahid Beheshti University (National University of Iran), respectively; a M.S. in Engineering Management in 1978; and a Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering in 1983 from USC.