From Engineer to Policy Maker

From Engineer to Policy Maker

Philip Fine combined his technical expertise with his negotiating savvy for his new role at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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USC News: L.A. could be powered entirely by renewable energy in 25 years

The effort could achieve dramatic reductions in greenhouse gases without significant disruption to the economy or people’s lifestyles, according to USC research.

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Scholarship and Fellowship Celebration Spotlights Generosity, Academic Excellence

Scholarship and Fellowship Celebration Spotlights Generosity, Academic Excellence

Annual event brings together talented students and the donors who support their pursuits.

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Scholarship and Fellowship Celebration Spotlights Generosity, Academic Excellence

Scholarship and Fellowship Celebration Spotlights Generosity, Academic Excellence

Annual event brings together talented students and the donors who support their pursuits.

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Spectrum News: USC Engineering Students Help Refugees Abroad and Homeless in Los Angeles

Students in the Innovation in Engineering Design for Global Challenges class were featured for “Torch Tile,” which helps regulate tent temperature for those experiencing homelessness.

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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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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

May26Wed

Ph.D. Dissertation

Wed, May 26, 2021
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Zoom:https://usc.zoom.us /j/8450644190 Meeting ID: 845 064 4190 Passcode: USC
Speaker: An Xin, Ph.D. Candidate, Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Talk Title: Harness Microorganisms to Design Resilient Engineering Materials Abstract: Conventional engineering materials include ceramics,...

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Kelly Sanders Featured on USC Panel on LA’s Potential for a Zero Emissions Future

Dr. Teh Fu Yen Early Career Chair and Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering Kelly Sanders was featured on a Facebook Live panel today along with Adam Rose, research professor at USC Sol Price School of Public Policy; Sammy Roth, staff writer for the Los Angeles Times; and Lauren Faber O’Connor, chief sustainability officer for the City of Los Angeles. … Read More

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.

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USC News: L.A. could be powered entirely by renewable energy in 25 years

USC News: L.A. could be powered entirely by renewable energy in 25 years

The effort could achieve dramatic reductions in greenhouse gases without significant disruption to the economy or people’s lifestyles, according to USC research.

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From Engineer to Policy Maker

From Engineer to Policy Maker

Philip Fine combined his technical expertise with his negotiating savvy for his new role at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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