A systems engineering pioneer with more than four decades of industry experience, Dr. John C. Hsu has been a CSULB lecturer since 2003. He teaches in the Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Department and the Antelope Valley Engineering Program.
Hsu began his engineering career as a project engineer at TRW and Carolina Power & Light Co. before joining Garrett AiResearch (now Honeywell) as director of engineering and computer services in 1979. He worked at Northrop Corp., then McDonnell Douglas Corp., where he was a principal research investigator, advanced aircraft design manager, twin-jet hydromechanical department manager, and C-17 flight controls project manager. Hsu joined Boeing in 1996, working eight years as systems engineering integration team lead of its Airlift & Tanker Programs before moving on to management positions in systems engineering and advanced systems within Boeing's Integrated Defense Systems division.
From 2006-2010, he was a visiting professor for the United Kingdom's Royal Academy of Engineering, teaching at universities as well as Bombardier Aerospace, British Aerospace, British Telecom, Vodafone, Goodrich, Jaguar, and other countries. He also taught at the Technical University of Delft, KLM, and Fokker Aircraft in the Netherlands.
Hsu holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from North Carolina State University, and master's degrees in Nuclear Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. He is a 2021 recipient of the AIAA Sustained Service Award, holds an International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) Expert Systems Engineering Professional (ESEP) certification, and is a Registered Professional Engineer in California. Hsu is also a lecturer and advisory board member for UC Irvine's systems engineering and international communications certificate programs.