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Joseph Fiksel

  • Faculty Emeritus, Integrated Systems Engineering
    Chicago, IL 60645
  • 614-688-8155



  • Enterprise and Supply Chain Sustainability
  • Resilience of Coupled Human-natural Systems
  • Integrated Assessment of Technological Innovations


  • Ph.D. Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA, Operations Research 1973
  • D.E.A. La Sorbonne, University of Paris, Applied Mathematics 1971
  • M.Sc. Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA, Operations Research 1969
  • B.Sc. Massachusetts Institute of Technology Electrical Science and Engineering 1968

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Dr. Fiksel is an internationally recognized authority on enterprise sustainability and resilience, with over 25 years of research and consulting experience for multi-national companies, government agencies, and industry consortia such as the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.  He joined Ohio State in 2005 as co-founder and Executive Director of the Center for Resilience. From 2015 to 2018 he served as Executive Director of the Sustainable and Resilient Economy program, part of Ohio State’s interdisciplinary Discovery Themes initiative. A native of Montreal, Dr. Fiksel began his career at DuPont of Canada, and later served as Director of Decision and Risk Management at Arthur D. Little, Inc. and Vice President for Life Cycle Management at Battelle. While at Ohio State, he was appointed Special Assistant for Sustainability at the U.S. Environmetnal Protection Agency under the Obama administration. His most recent book is “Resilient by Design: Creating Businesses That Adapt and Flourish in a Changing World” published by Island Press in 2015.




  • "From Risk to Resilience." 2006,
  • "The Question of Resilience." 2006, Presented at Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise's Business and Climate Change: Designing Integrated Strategies,