Can Bacteria Make Stronger Armor, Cars and Airplanes?

Can Bacteria Make Stronger Armor, Cars and Airplanes?

USC researchers harness the power of living organisms to make materials that are strong, tolerant and resilient.

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USC Junior Advances Communities By Engineering Infrastructures That Serve The People

USC Junior Advances Communities By Engineering Infrastructures That Serve The People

For Viterbi student Jessica Brown, engineering is about advancing well-being of our neighbors, in the places we call home.

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Even Machines Need Their Greens

Even Machines Need Their Greens

Chloroplast-Fortified 3D-Printer Ink May Strengthen Products Like Custom Sneaker Soles

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How Working from Home Changed Us

After March’s stay-at-home orders took effect, USC researchers studied the impact of widespread work from home on well-being and productivity.

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Behrokh Khoshnevis named AAAS Fellow

Behrokh Khoshnevis named AAAS Fellow

The USC professor joins 40 previously selected faculty members as fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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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.

Civil & Environmental Engineering @SC

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Featured Research Assistant

Eyuphan Koc

Smart, sustainable and resilient cities with functionalities drawn from engineered systems are the goal of Eyuphan Koc’s work, which focuses on designing holistic and convergent frameworks investigating the resilience of metropolis-scale
transportation systems.

A doctoral candidate advised by Lucio Soibelman, Fred Champion Estate Chair Professor in Engineering and chair of the Sonny Astani Department of Civil and
Environmental Engineering, Koc focuses on frameworks – achieved through collaborations across traditional research silos – that can bridge data, tools and
methods from fields as diverse as transportation systems analysis, natural hazard sciences, urban informatics and disaster economics.

Born and raised in Turkey, Koc received undergraduate degrees in civil engineering and industrial systems engineering from Boğaziçi University in Istanbul before coming to the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. At USC, he has earned a master’s degree in systems architecting and engineering and is currently working on another master’s degree in spatial data science.

During his doctoral studies, Koc has also worked on developing open data platforms for civil infrastructure systems designed to enable datadriven decision-making through linking and fusing diverse datasets from disparate sources. Pursuing interests in the broader fields of architecture, engineering and construction (AEC), he has spearheaded a new effort investigating “AEC in the 4.0 Era,” which delves into topics like the impacts of collaborative project delivery methods on innovation diffusion, emergent modes of software and hardware
development, and roles and responsibilities of higher education institutions to educate the AEC workforce of the future.

Koc has published three peer-reviewed journal articles, five peer-reviewed conference articles and a book chapter and has contributed to numerous research proposals. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the California Department of Transportation and the METRANS Transportation Center. Koc has also volunteered within USC Viterbi’s Mission Science K–12 outreach program.

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.

Events

Mar09Tue

Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Seminar

Tue, Mar 09, 2021
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Zoom: https://usc.zoom.us/j/97228056404; Meeting ID: 972 2805 6404: Passcode: 864779
Speaker: Dr. Arghavan Louhghalam, Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Talk Title: Physics-based and Data-driven Modeling from eco-friendly roadway network to infrastructure resilience analytics Abstract:...

Mar16Tue

Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Seminar

Tue, Mar 16, 2021
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Zoom: https://usc.zoom.us/j/97228056404; Meeting ID: 972 2805 6404: Passcode: 864779
Speaker: Dr. Angela Zhang, Associate Professor, Technical University of Denmark Talk Title: TBA Host: Dr. Amy Childress

Mar30Tue

Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Seminar

Tue, Mar 30, 2021
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Zoom: https://usc.zoom.us/j/97228056404; Meeting ID: 972 2805 6404: Passcode: 864779
Speaker: Jack Baker, Ph.D., Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stanford University Talk Title: TBA Abstract: TBA Host: Dr. Roger Ghanem

Apr06Tue

Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Seminar

Tue, Apr 06, 2021
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Zoom: https://usc.zoom.us/j/97228056404; Meeting ID: 972 2805 6404: Passcode: 864779
Speaker: Hae Young Noh, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Stanford University Talk Title: TBA Abstract: TBA Host: Dr. Roger Ghanem

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Announcements

Dr. Adam Smith is Featured in USC Trojan Family

Dr. Adam Smith has recently been featured in the USC Trojan Family article, “As More Bacteria Grow Resistant to Antibiotics, Scientists Are Fighting Back”. Drawing on his research on antibiotic-resistant bacteria in water supplies, Dr. Smith contributes to the discussion of microbial resiliene that might result in a post-antibiotic world. To read the full article, please click here.

A Recent Publication by PhD Candidate, Mo Chen, has been listed amongst the 2020 Altmetric Top 100 Most-Discussed Articles

A recent publication by Mo Chen, a PhD candidate advised by both Dr. Kelly Sanders and Dr. George Ban-Weiss, has been listed among the 2020 Altmetric Top 100 most-discussed articles. Chen’s paper, titled “Utilizing smart-meter data to project impacts of urban warming on residential electricity use for vulnerable populations in Southern California”, addresses the effects of intensifying heat waves on … Read More

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Wired: The Mantis Shrimp Inspires a New Material—Made by Bacteria

Wired: The Mantis Shrimp Inspires a New Material—Made by Bacteria

New research by Qiming Wang on the use of bacteria to make materials stronger, was featured

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Can Bacteria Make Stronger Armor, Cars and Airplanes?

Can Bacteria Make Stronger Armor, Cars and Airplanes?

USC researchers harness the power of living organisms to make materials that are strong, tolerant and resilient.

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