USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development
About the School

Institute for Civic Enterprise



Dr. von Winterfeldt is the founding director of the Institute for Civic Enterprise and Professor of Public Policy and Management.  For the past twenty-five years, he has been active in teaching, research, university administration, and consulting.  He has taught courses in statistics, decision analysis, risk management, and human judgment and decision making.  His research interests are in the foundation and practice of decision and risk analysis as applied to technology and environmental management problems.  He is the co-author of two books and author or co-author of over one hundred articles and reports on these topics.  His administrative experiences include serving as Chairman of USC's Systems Science Department and as Chairman of the Research Center at the Institute of Safety and Systems Management.  As a consultant he has applied decision and risk analysis to many management problems of government and private industry.  He has served on several committees and panels of the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Research Council (NRC), including the NSF's Advisory Panel for its Decision and Risk Management Science Program and the NRC's Committee on Risk Perception and Risk Communication. 

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Linda Bakabak is the Institute’s full time administrative responsible for proposal preparation and principal investigator support.  In addition, a part time budget analyst assists principal investigators with budgeting and accounting of current research projects.

How to contact us

Detlof von Winterfeldt: 

Telephone: (213) 740 4012
Fax:     (213) 740 0001

Linda Bakabak:
Telephone: (213) 740 6193
Fax:     (213) 740 0373



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School of Policy, Planning, and Development
University of Southern California
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Los Angeles, California 90089-0626
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