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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“Viterbi vs. Pandemics” Lecture 11: Environmental Influences on Work From Home

“Viterbi vs. Pandemics” Lecture 11: Environmental Influences on Work From Home

As part of an 11-part lecture series, USC Viterbi researchers spoke on the role and influence of built environments on mental and physical health, and work productivity and satisfaction.

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Building Buildings that Survive Generations

Building Buildings that Survive Generations

USC Viterbi master’s student Maria Leos learns what fortifies structures, while bolstering her future one opportunity at a time.

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Building Trust between Construction Workers and Construction Robots

Building Trust between Construction Workers and Construction Robots

How virtual reality can help robots change the face of the construction industry.

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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.

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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.

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Announcements

Burcin Becerik-Gerber Featured in ASCE Podcast

Burcin Becerik-Gerber, Dean’s Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, was featured in the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) podcast on November 3. In the interview, Becerik-Gerber, co-director of the Center for Intelligent Environments (CENTIENTS), discussed her work on intelligent threat-sensing buildings–structures that employ AI technology to keep people safe during emergencies, including fires or active shooters.

Costas Synolakis Awarded 2020 Hamaguchi Award

Costas Synolakis, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, was awarded the 2020 Hamaguchi Award by the National Institute of Maritime, Port and Aviation Technology. The award ceremony was held on November 4 in Tokyo. The Hamaguchi Award is given for individuals and/or organizations that have made significant scientific or pragmatic contributions to the enhancement of coastal resilience against tsunami, storm … Read More

Dr. Roger Ghanem and Student Develop a Reliable Covid-19 Predicting Model

In response to the devastating numbers of COVID-19 cases in the U.S., Professor Ghanem and doctoral student Xiaoshu Zeng have developed a reliable COVID-19-predicting model that can create a “forecast” for the number of cases on a certain day. This model can be a new tool to help track the effectiveness of the U.S.’s ongoing and future health/viral containment policies. … Read More

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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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“Viterbi vs. Pandemics” Lecture 11: Environmental Influences on Work From Home

“Viterbi vs. Pandemics” Lecture 11: Environmental Influences on Work From Home

As part of an 11-part lecture series, USC Viterbi researchers spoke on the role and influence of built environments on mental and physical health, and work productivity and satisfaction.

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