Can a Building Help Thwart The Next Active Shooter?

Can a Building Help Thwart The Next Active Shooter?

Researchers have designed a virtual environment to test how building features in schools and offices help or hurt occupants during active shooter incidents.

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Researchers demonstrate antibiotic-resistant genes are well removed by purification used to recycle wastewater but final quality is influenced by environmental factors

Researchers demonstrate antibiotic-resistant genes are well removed by purification used to recycle wastewater but final quality is influenced by environmental factors

A team led by Assistant Professor in the USC Viterbi Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Adam Smith has found that purified water returned to Southern California aquifers for storage and reuse blends with antibiotic-resistant bacteria already found in the aquifer, adding key data to the conversation on how we reuse water.

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USC Viterbi Researchers Awarded Nearly $2 Million by NSF’s Pilot Convergence Accelerator and AccelNet Programs

USC Viterbi Researchers Awarded Nearly $2 Million by NSF’s Pilot Convergence Accelerator and AccelNet Programs

Professors in the Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Lucio Soibelman and Burcin Becerik-Gerber will build knowledge networks in key fields to advance design, development and operation of national infrastructures.

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Lessons Within the Rubble

Lessons Within the Rubble

How two USC professors are mining historic disasters to build educational infrastructure reframing how we approach natural disaster preparation.

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The Future of Artificial Intelligence Comes Alive in Our Buildings

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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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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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.

Events

Jan29Wed

Astani Civil and Environmental Engineering Seminar

Wed, Jan 29, 2020
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: RRI 101
Speaker: Dr. Casey Chosewood, Director of Total Worker Health, NIOSH, CDC Talk Title: Help... I Think My Job Is Killing Me: New Solutions for the Risks of Modern Work Abstract: See attached abstract and bio. Host: Dr. Burcin Becerik-...

Jan30Thu

Sonny Astani Civil and Environmental Engineering Seminar

Thu, Jan 30, 2020
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: EEB 132
Speaker: Prof. Krista Wigginton, Ph.D., University of Michigan Talk Title: Recent Advancements in Environmental Virus Fate and Detection Abstract: Recent Advancements in Environmental Virus Fate and Detection The detection and removal of...

Feb03Mon

Astani Civil and Environmental Engineering Seminar

Mon, Feb 03, 2020
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Location: KAP 209
Speaker: Dr. Ruggiero Lovreglio, Massey University, New Zealand Talk Title: Virtual and Augmented Reality Application for Human Behavior in Disasters Abstract: Abstract: Understanding how people behave during disasters is fundamental to...

Feb13Thu

Sonny Astani Civil and Environmental Engineering Seminar

Thu, Feb 13, 2020
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: MCB 102
Speaker: Prof. Ameet Pinto, Ph.D., Northeastern University Talk Title: From real-time measurements to predictive forecasting to manage the drinking water microbiome Abstract: TBA

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Announcements

Dr. Soibelman inducted into the National Academy of Construction

On October 24, 2019, Dr. Lucio Soibelman was inducted into the National Academy of Construction in Nashville, Tennessee. Not only does the academy provide well-earned recognition for esteemed members, but it also serves as a prestigious body of leaders, which continue to serve one of our nation’s largest industry in a positive and impactful manner.  Congratulations, Dr. Soibelman!  

Adam Smith Awarded Funding from the PNDRS Program for Collaborative Research on Climate Change

Assistant Professor in the Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Adam Smith, along with colleagues Jan Amend, professor of earth sciences and biological sciences at USC Dornsife and Cameron Thrash, assistant professor of biological sciences, was awarded funding from the USC Provost New Directions in Research and Scholarship program (PNDRS) for their project  “Isolating ‘Microbial Dark Matter’ to … Read More

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In A Season Of Giving, This Student Start-up Is Transforming The Way We Give

In A Season Of Giving, This Student Start-up Is Transforming The Way We Give

Duet is the world’s first student-built micro-philanthropy platform designed to connect donors with refugees and local stores in a more personalized and dignified way

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USC NBSE wins major awards at regional conference

USC NBSE wins major awards at regional conference

Fresh from its historic win last year when they brought home the trophy for National Chapter of The Year, the USC chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers, or NSBE, continues to rake awards and solidify its place as one of the best student-run organizations in the nation

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