Lou Lucaccini

Luigi (Lou) Lucaccini

Adjunct Professor


Luigi (Lou) Lucaccini has a PhD in engineering psychology from UCLA and an MBA from USF. He is an adjunct professor both in the entrepreneurship, innovation, strategy and international business department in the School of Management and in the engineering department in the College of Arts and Sciences. He was part of the curriculum development group that helped to plan for USF’s engineering program. Among other assignments, he has enjoyed teaching courses for new students in the first-year seminar series and the USF 101 program.

Lou is an advocate of interdisciplinary team efforts, working across boundaries, and co-teaching. He spent much of his professional career in the US Public Health Service managing and evaluating public health programs and projects, and also has experience as a research psychologist, systems analyst, computer programmer, and quality control chemist. His eclectic (undisciplined) interests are revealed in over 100 publications and presentations on a broad range of topics.


  • Entrepreneurship and Small Business Operation
  • Engineering Psychology
  • Education Research and Development
  • Adaptive Computer-Aided Training Systems


  • UC Los Angeles, PhD in Engineering Psychology, 1968
  • USF, MBA, 1980

Prior Experience

  • Research Associate, Gellert Family Business Center, University of San Francisco
  • Deputy Regional Health Administrator, HRSA, US Public Health Service
  • Chief, Education Research Program, Dental Health Center, US Public Health Service
  • Computer Systems Analyst, IBM

Awards & Distinctions

  • University of San Francisco Innovations in Instruction Award, 2021

  • University of San Francisco Distinguished Adjunct Teaching Award, 2015

  • University of San Francisco Alumni Service Award, 2005

  • University of San Francisco MBA Alumnus of the Year, 1993

  • US Public Health Service Citations for Emergency Response to Hurricane Iniki (1993) and the Northridge Earthquake (1994)

  • US Public Health Service Superior Service Award, 1984