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

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 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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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

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

Oct24Thu

Astani Civil and Environmental Engineering Seminar

Thu, Oct 24, 2019
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: KAP 209
Speaker: Dr. Mike Chester, Arizona Stare University Talk Title: Infrastructure and the Anthropocene Abstract: See attached Host: Drs. Burcin Becerik and Felipe de Barros

Oct31Thu

Astani Civil and Environmental Engineering Seminar

Thu, Oct 31, 2019
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: KAP 209
Speaker: Dr. Shengqiang Cai, University of California, San Diego Talk Title: TBA Abstract: TBA

Nov07Thu

Astani Civil and Environmental Engineering Seminar

Thu, Nov 07, 2019
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: MCB 102
Speaker: Dr. Tianzhen Hong, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Talk Title: Modeling Urban Buildings for Improvement of Efficiency and Resiliency Abstract: U.S. cities consume 70% of primary energy, produces 80% of GDP, and are facing...

Nov14Thu

Sonny Astani Civil and Environmental Engineering Seminar

Thu, Nov 14, 2019
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: EEB 248
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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Announcements

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

Dr. Burcin Becerik-Gerber Featured in VOA News

Dr. Burcin Becerik-Gerber was featured in VOA News for her research on how building attributes affect human responses to extreme violence. A project of CENTIENTS, which Becerik-Gerber cofounded with USC Assistant Professor Gale Lucas, the research looks into how to secure people during violent incidents, like an active shooter situation, and uses virtual reality to explore different scenarios. Read the … Read More

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

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Researchers find antibiotic resistant genes prevalent in groundwater samples in Southern California

Amid the Urgency to Make Wastewater Potable, Process is Key in Determining Public Safety

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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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