The Future of Artificial Intelligence Comes Alive in Our Buildings

The Center for Intelligent Environments launches to advance human-centered building design and operation to increase well-being, safety, and even joy at work and beyond

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USC Viterbi News: Defining the Next Frontier for Humans and Tech

Leading academics dissect the most critical issues related to human-building interaction to advance how people work, learn and live

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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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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.



Albert Dorman Lecture Series: Guest Speaker - Mrs. Debra Reed-Klages

Thu, Sep 05, 2019
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Location: RTH 526
Speaker: Debra Reed-Klages , Sempra Energy Talk Title: Q & A with Debra Reed-Klages Host: Civil and Environmental Engineering


Astani Civil and Environmental Engineering Seminar

Thu, Sep 26, 2019
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: MCB 102
Speaker: Prof. Bill Arnold, Ph.D., University of Minnesota Talk Title: Environmental Fate of Emerging Contaminants Abstract: TBA Host: Dr. Daniel McCurry


Sonny Astani Civil and Environmental Engineering Seminar

Thu, Oct 10, 2019
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: MCB 102
Speaker: Prof. Dennis Lettenmaier, Ph.D, University of California, Los Angeles Talk Title: Climate and Changing Land Cover Abstract: TBA Host: Dr. George Ban-Weiss


Sonny Astani Civil and Environmental Engineering Seminar

Thu, Nov 14, 2019
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: EEB 132
Speaker: Prof. Michael Kleeman, Ph.D., University of California, Davis Talk Title: Air Quality Implications of Various Energy Futures Abstract: TBA Host: Dr. George Ban-Weiss

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Dr. Costas Synolakis Receives International Coastal Engineering Award

Congratulations to Dr. Costas Synolakis for receiving the 2019 International Coastal Engineering Award from the ASCE’s Coasts, Oceans, Ports and Rivers Institute. This award recognizes outstanding leadership and development in the field of coastal engineering internationally. Dr. Synolakis will receive this award during the Society’s PORTS’19 Conference in Pittsburgh, PA, September 17, 2019.  Professor Synolakis’ current work focuses on understanding unusual tsunami amplification … Read More

Dr. George Ban-Weiss Featured on NPR Science

Professor George Ban-Weiss was featured on NPR Science Friday for the series Degrees of Change which explores the problem of climate change and how the planet is adapting to it.  Click here to listen in.

Dr. Amy Childress Appointed as Distinguished Professor

Congratulations to Dr. Amy Childress for being appointed as a Gabilan Distinguished Professor in Science and Engineering. The Gabilan Distinguished Professorship in Science and Engineering is awarded  to an outstanding tenured faculty with a primary appointment in engineering, natural science, or math who also contributes significantly to Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) affairs. The holder of the Gabilan Distinguished … Read More


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Using 3-D Printed Mother-of-Pearl to Create Tough New Smart Materials

USC researchers are drawing inspiration from mollusks to build lightweight, strong materials for wearable technology and more.

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San Diego Union-Tribune: Twin tunnels under the Sepulveda Pass could tame L.A. traffic

Henry Koffman was quoted about the importance of the Sepulveda Pass

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