A “Post-Antibiotic World?”

Antibiotic resistance is spreading from wastewater treatment plants

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2019 Alumni Awards

The Sonny Astani Department celebrates their alumni’s accomplishments

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Broke your shoe? What if it could repair itself?

USC Viterbi faculty and students develop a 3D-printed material that can repair itself all on its own.

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SIGN UP TODAY: Distinguished Industry Leader Speaker Series, Feb 26

Hosted by USC's AEC Construction Alumni Group, the Distinguished Industry Leader Speaker Series will be held on February 26, 2019 and focus on "leadership from the front lines."

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What Do Civil & Environmental Engineers Do?

Our standard of living depends on our civil infrastructure, a sophisticated system of buildings, bridges, dams, airports, transportation networks, water and power distribution systems, and environmental protection systems.

Civil and environmental engineers are responsible for designing, maintaining and enhancing our civil infrastructure. They help to sustain the living standards and quality of life of the population. Civil engineers are also master builders. They create structures that stand as timeless symbols of our civilization. Environmental engineers identify and design solutions for problems involving the environment. To do so, they have to be broadly educated and technically trained to address a wide spectrum of issues.

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Ezgi Cinar

Ezgi Cinar is a first year Civil Engineering Ph.D. student advised by Prof. Patrick Lynett. Her research focuses on understanding the behavior of debris motion and its effects under extreme events like tsunamis and storm surges.

Ezgi was born and raised in Ankara, Turkey. She joined the Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in Fall 2018 upon receiving Annenberg PhD Fellowship and is expected to graduate in 2023. She received her B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Civil Engineering from Middle East Technical University, Turkey. Her M.S. focused on the comparison of 2D and 3D numerical wave tanks with various turbulence models in application to long wave motion and its interaction with structures. During her master’s studies, she visited Japan for two months to do further research on tsunamis.

In her free time, Ezgi likes hanging out with her friends, playing video games and listening classic rock.

Research Areas

Sustainable Development

Sustainability in the context of civil engineering targets long-term viability of natural resources and engineered civil systems.

Water Quality, Access, and Distribution

Providing an adequate supply of potable water, considering population growth and climate variability.

Disasters and Extreme Events

All aspects of an event, from a fundamental understanding of the physical processes controlling its evolution to the resulting environmental and social reaction.

Coupling of Complex Systems

Efforts aim to integrate research across the Sonny Astani Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, as well with all outside disciplines that interact with civil systems.


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Qiming Wang Mentioned in The Washington Post

Professor Wang was featured in the Washington Post where he, three of his students, and a professor from the University of Connecticut announced that they had invented a 3-D-printable rubber that could fix itself. Wang believes that it will take two or three years for the self-healing sneaker soles to show up in stores and could potentially eliminate the amount … Read More

Yen Fellowship Awarded to Lily Shi

Lily Shi, a Ph.D. student advised by Professor Daniel McCurry, receives the 2019 Teh Fu “Dave” Yen Fellowship in Environmental Engineering. Her research is focused on understanding the fundamental chemistry of ozone oxidation of stimulant drugs that enter wastewater from human use and how these drugs can be transformed into potentially harmful byproducts. A long-term goal of this research is … Read More

Dr. Kelly Sanders Receives Mentorship Award

Congratulations to Dr. Kelly Sanders on being selected to receive the 2019 Hanna Reisler Mentorship Award for her incredible mentoring of graduate students.  The Hanna Reisler Mentorship Award recognizes individuals at USC who have advanced the careers of women in science and engineering through generous and committed professional mentorship.


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USC Viterbi News: “Oh, The Places You’ll Go!”

From engineering rockets that break records to solving global crisis and launching start-ups, the Class of 2019 is going places

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USC Viterbi News: “A Ph.D. Is Our Call to Action”

USC Viterbi School of Engineering’s 2019 Ph.D. Hooding and Awards ceremony

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