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Full-Time Faculty

Tenured and Tenure-Track Faculty

  • George Ban-Weiss, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2008
    Global and regional climate modeling, effects of atmospheric particles and land-use on climate and air quality, measurement of climatically relevant pollutant emissions from energy sources, evaluating climate models using satellite data, synergistic approaches for reducing climate change and urban air pollution
    KAP 230C — (213) 740-9124 — banweiss@usc.edu
  • Burcin Becerik-Gerber - Stephen Schrank Early Career Chair in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Associate Professor; Doctor of Design, Harvard University, 2006
    Energy Efficiency, Building Information Modeling, Situational Awareness for Built Environment, Human-Building Interaction, Human Centered Sensing and Policy Generation for Energy Efficiency, Occupancy and Behavior Driven Energy Models, Sensors and Sensor Systems, Prediction of Human and Building Behavior
    KAP 224C — (213) 740-4383 — becerik@usc.edu 
  • Amy Childress, Professor and Director of the Environmental Engineering Program; Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 1997
    Membrane contactor processes for innovative solutions to contaminant and energy challenges; pressure-driven membrane processes as industry standards for desalination and water reuse, membrane bioreactor technology, colloidal and Interfacial aspects of membrane processes.
    BHE 215 — (213) 740-6304, BHE 201 — (213) 740-8388, BHE 202 — (213) 740-8389 — amyec@usc.edu
  • Felipe de Barros, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2009
    Environmental fluid mechanics, stochastic hydrogeology, contaminant transport in heterogeneous porous media, site characterization and risk assessment, with emphasis on the scale issue, aquifer remediation and sustainability
    KAP 224B —  (213) 740-6130 —  fbarros@usc.edu 
  • Bora Gencturk, Assistant Professor (Beginning August 2016); Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2011
    Novel materials and environmental durability, advanced structural testing and measurement, reliability analysis and probabilistic methods, life-cycle assessment (LCA) and structural optimization, and field investigations and structural assessment
  • Roger Ghanem - Gordon S. Marshall Professor of Engineering Technology; Ph.D., Rice University, 1989
    Probabilistic modeling and computational stochastic mechanics, quantitative models for the propagation of uncertainty in physical systems and structural dynamics.
    KAP 254C — (213) 740-9528 — ghanem@usc.edu
  • Erik A. Johnson, Professor and Associate Chair; Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1997
    Structural control, structural dynamics, system identification, and computational stochastic dynamics, semi-active damping strategies for structural systems, evolutionary algorithms for efficient simulation of stochastic dynamical systems.
    KAP 206B — (213) 740-0610 — JohnsonE@usc.edu 
  • Jiin-Jen Lee, Professor; Ph.D., California Institute of Technology, 1970. Director, USC Foundation for Cross-Connection Control and Hydraulic Research.
    Hydraulics, water resources engineering and coastal engineering.
    KAP 224A — (213) 740-7865 — jjlee@usc.edu
  • Vincent W. Lee, Professor; Ph.D., University of Southern California, 1979
    Seismic data processing, risk analysis, wave propagation and numerical methods.
    KAP 230B — (213) 740-0568 — vlee@usc.edu
  • Patrick Lynett, Professor; Ph.D., Cornell University, 2002. Numerical and physical modeling of coastal processes; wind wave evolution from deep to shallow water; sediment transport in the coastal zone; wave interaction with permeable structures such as breakwaters; internal waves; wave energy.
    KAP 224E — (213) 740-3133 fax — (213) 744-1426 - plynett@usc.edu
  • Sami F. Masri, Professor; Ph.D., California Institute of Technology, 1965
    Analysis, control, and modeling of nonlinear dynamic systems.
    KAP 206A — (213) 740-0602 — masri@usc.edu
  • Daniel McCurry, Assistant Professor, Ph.D., Stanford University, 2016
    Engineered water sources, environmental organic chemistry, and water reuse.
    BHE 220 — (213) 740-0762 — dmccurry@usc.edu
  • Najmedin Meshkati, Professor; Ph.D., University of Southern California, 1983
    Risk reduction of civil infrastructure systems; safety, reliability, and efficiency of complex, large-scale technological systems; environmentally sustainable development.
    KAP 240 — (213) 740-8765 — meshkati@usc.edu 
  • Massoud Pirbazari, Professor; Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1980
    Treatment and removal of hazardous chemicals, mathematical modeling of biophysicochemical processes in water and wastewater treatment, and the development of biotechnology for pollution remediation.
    KAP 260 — (213) 740-0592, BHE 201 — (213) 740-8388, BHE 202 — (213) 740-8389 — pirbazar@usc.edu 
  • Kelly T. Sanders, Assistant Professor, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, 2013
    Analytical modeling of urban and agricultural systems; sustainable energy, water, and waste management; lifecycle assessment; smart grid data analytics
    KAP 200B —  213-821-0095 — ktsanders@usc.edu
  • Adam Smith, Assistant Professor; PhD., University of Michigan 2014;resource recovery from waste streams, microbial syntrophy in anaerobic systems.
    BHE 221213-740-0473, BHE 201 — (213) 740-8388, BHE 202 — (213) 740-8389- smithada@usc.edu
  • Lucio Soibelman, Professor and Chair; Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1998.
    Artificial Intelligence, Data Mining, Knowledge Discovery, Image Reasoning, Text Mining, Machine Learning, Multi-reasoning Mechanisms, sensors, sensor networks, and advanced infrastructure systems
    KAP 210A — (213) 740-0609 — soibelman@usc.edu
  • Costas Synolakis, Professor; California Institute of Technology, 1985
    Prediction of tsunami inundation and other co-seismic hazards, breaking waves, wave runup, hydrodynamic pressures on dams and two-phase flow.
    KAP 206C — (213) 740-0613 —  costas@usc.edu
  • Mihailo D. Trifunac, Professor; Ph.D., California Institute of Technology, 1969
    Strong motion seismology, earthquake engineering, structural dynamics, wave propagation, random vibrations and instrumentation and measurement.
    KAP 216D — (213) 740-0570 — trifunac@usc.edu 
  • Qiming, Wang, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., Duke University, 2014
    Mechanics of active materials and structures, Additive manufacture, Biofouling management, Water treatment.
    BHE 222 — (213) 821-4715 —  qimingw@usc.edu
  • L. Carter Wellford, Chair from 1996-2006, Professor; Ph.D., University of Alabama, Huntsville,
    1975. Numerical methods in engineering, finite element methods for linear and nonlinear structural analysis.
    KAP 238B — (213) 740-0607 — wellford@usc.edu
  • Hung Leung Wong, Professor; Ph.D., California Institute of Technology, 1975
    Numerical methods in engineering, wave propagation in solids and soil-structure interaction.
    KAP 216B — (213) 740-0574 — hlwong@usc.edu   

Associate Professor of Engineering Practice

  • Amy Rechenmacher, Ph.D., Northwestern University, 2000. Geotechnical Engineering, granular material failure and flow, experimental imaging, strain localization/ shear banding, granular physics.
    KAP 268B — (213) 740-3615 — arechenm@usc.edu

Professors of Engineering Practice

  • Gregg Brandow, Professor of Engineering Practice; Ph.D., Stanford. Dr. Brandow is a specialist in both earthquake engineering and computer analysis and application of numerical methods to solutions of complex structural problems.
    KAP 268B — (213) 740-1040 — brandow@usc.edu 
  • Henry M. Koffman, Professor of Engineering Practice; M.S.C.E., Stanford University, 1962
    Director, Construction Engineering and Management Program
    KAP 222 — (213) 740-0556 — koffman@usc.edu 
  • Geraldine Knatz,  Professor of Engineering Practice; Ph.D., USC, Biological Sciences, KAP 268A (213) 740-2036   knatz@usc.edu

Emeritus Professors

  • Mihran Agbabian, Chair from 1984-1992, Professor; Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley. Founding President and President Emeritus of the American University of Armenia — agbabian@usc.edu
  • George V. Chilingar, Professor; Ph.D., University of Southern California, 1956
    Environmental aspects of oil and gas production, petrophysical properties of rocks, drilling fluids, surface and subsurface operations in petroleum production, subsidence due to the fluid withdrawal, testing and storage of petroleum products. — gchiling@usc.edu
  • Joseph S. Devinny, Professor; Ph.D., California Institute of Technology, 1975
    Environmental impact of human activity on natural ecosystems, the problems of hazardous wastes, and biofiltration — devinny@usc.edu
  • Ronald C. Henry, Professor; Ph.D., Oregon Graduate Center, 1977
    Environmental engineering with a focus on air pollution — rhenry@usc.edu
  • Geoffrey R. Martin, Chair from 1992-1996, Professor; Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1965. Geotechnical aspects of earthquake engineering, soil behavior under cyclic loading, liquefaction, response of earth structures and seismic design of foundations — geomar@usc.edu 

Retired Professors

  • James C. Anderson, Retired Professor; Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, 1969
    Computer-aided design of structures, earthquake resistant design, nonlinear dynamic response analysis and testing of large scale structural components — jamesa@usc.edu