USC Viterbi Sustainability Projects Receive $150,000 Funding Boost

USC Viterbi Sustainability Projects Receive $150,000 Funding Boost

Projects centered on precision agriculture, water modeling using AI, and smog-reducing architecture have been recognized in the USC Center for Sustainability Solutions’ latest grants.

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Wastewater Surveillance Could Promote Early COVID-19 Detection

Wastewater Surveillance Could Promote Early COVID-19 Detection

USC Researchers Receive NSF RAPID grant to track coronavirus spread through wastewater samples.

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Blazing New Trails, from Dirt Bikes to Construction

Blazing New Trails, from Dirt Bikes to Construction

USC senior Julia Lind seeks to bring technology not just to the people who design buildings, but to those who build them.

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New Survey on Work From Home Routines Launched

New Survey on Work From Home Routines Launched

Professor Burcin Becerik-Gerber launches a new survey looking into how people have adapted to new home office spaces.

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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

Ashrant Aryal

Ashrant Aryal, a fifth-year doctoral candidate advised by Dr. Burcin Becerik-Gerber, seeks to improve the comfort, satisfaction, and well-being of office occupants by creating intelligent systems that learn occupant preferences for the indoor environment and control the surrounding microclimate using localized environmental control systems under different levels of automation. His work leverages advancements in sensing, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and the Internet of Things to improve the indoor environmental quality in buildings while maintaining energy-efficient operations.

Born and raised in Nepal, Ashrant received his undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering from the Technion Israel Institute of Technology before coming to USC. His research efforts at USC has resulted in the publication of six peer-reviewed journal articles and three peer-reviewed conference articles so far. He also received the Viterbi Undergraduate Mentorship Award in 2018 for his research mentorship of undergraduate students and outstanding researcher award from the CEE department in 2019

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

Oct05Mon

Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Seminar

Mon, Oct 05, 2020
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Zoom Meeting
Speaker: Ange-Therese Akono, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Northwestern University Talk Title: Inorganic-Organic Nanomaterial Composites for Advanced Civil, Energy, and Biomedical Applications Abstract: Please see...

Oct21Wed

Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Seminar

Wed, Oct 21, 2020
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Location: Zoom Meeting
Speaker: Augustine Zvinavashe, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Talk Title: A Bioinspired Approach to Engineer the Seed Microenvironment to Alleviate Salinity...

Oct26Mon

Astani Civil and Environmental Engineering Seminar

Mon, Oct 26, 2020
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Virtual Meeting
Speaker: Dr. Nick Engdahl, Washington State University Talk Title: Maximizing our leverage for making reliable predictions in hydrobiogeochemical systems with model translation Abstract: TBA Host: Dr. Felipe de Barros

Nov02Mon

Astani Civil and Environmental Engineering Seminar

Mon, Nov 02, 2020
11:04 AM - 5:00 PM
Location: Virtual
Speaker: Dr. Larry Rosen, Professor Emeritus, Past Chair of the Psychology Department at California State University, Dominguez Hills Talk Title: WE ARE FACING AN ATTENTION CRISIS: WHAT IS DRIVING OUR DISTRACTED MINDS? Abstract: See...

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Announcements

Daniel McCurry receives grant from National Science Foundation to study fate of preservative chemicals in recycled greywater.

Dr. Daniel McCurry received a grant from the NSF Division of Chemistry to study the fate of parabens, which are common preservative chemicals used in personal care products, during recycling of greywater. The grant, in collaboration with Drs. John Sivey and Keith Reber at Towson University in Maryland, will be used to study how parabens react with common disinfectants used … Read More

Former Postdoc, Dr. Syeed Md Iskander, Accepts Tenure Track Assistant Professor at North Dakota State University

Congratulations to Dr. Syeed Md Iskander who recently accepted a Tenure Track Assistant Professor position in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at North Dakota State University.  Dr. Iskander worked as a postdoctoral research associate with Profs. Adam Smith and Amy Childress at USC from May 2019 to Aug 2020. He received his Ph.D. from Virginia Tech Civil and Environmental … Read More

Former PhD student, Dr. Ashrant Aryal Accepts Position as a TT Assistant Professor at Texas A&M

Congratulations to former PhD student, Dr. Ashrant Aryal, who recently accepted a position as a tenure track assistant professor at Texas A&M University.  Ashrant recently received his PhD degree this spring from the USC Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, under the supervision of Professor Burcin Becerik.  As he begins this new position, we wish him an amazing … Read More

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KCRW: Triple Digit Heat in LA

KCRW: Triple Digit Heat in LA

Kelly Sanders was interviewed about how heat in Los Angeles disproportionately impacts low-income and minority residents.

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A Sustainable Hackathon

A Sustainable Hackathon

The 4th annual Sustain-A-Thon saw 57 students propose solutions for making the planet more livable and sustainable.

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