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The department's vision guides our work and impact. We leverage interdisciplinary research in five distinct areas.
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The Energy-Water Nexus

Sustainability expert Sanders’ focus is the energy-water nexus — the idea that producing a safe and reliable water supply requires a lot of energy, while producing a safe and reliable energy supply requires a lot of water. She has studied ways to optimize this relationship between energy and water services for nearly a decade.


From Dreams to Degrees: USC Viterbi Class of 2024 Graduates Shape Tomorrow, Today
May 11, 2024

At the forefront of engineering and technology, graduates like Christian Bryan redefine potential with degrees in cutting-edge fields and a commitment to lifelong exploration.

Master’s Class of 2024: “The Best So Far”
May 11, 2024

At the USC Viterbi master’s commencement ceremonies, Dean Yannis C. Yortsos praised graduates’ resilience, ingenuity and integrity

A Graduating Engineer’s Solutions for Global Water Challenges
May 8, 2024

Ana Luiza Behisnelian is using her environmental engineering degree to take on the mission of protecting one of our planet’s most important resources – water.

No More Burnout: Mohamad Awada Wants to Optimize your Workspace
May 8, 2024

Mohamad Awada, a graduating Ph.D. student in USC Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, reflects on five years of research developing dynamic environments for modern workspaces.

Najmedin Meshkati Testifies Before Senate Committee on Boeing
May 3, 2024

International expert in safety culture and human factors, Meshkati spoke before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation as part of the FAA independent expert panel reviewing Boeing’s safety processes.

Meet Cyrus Maroofian, the Viterbi Alumnus Changing the World through Water
April 30, 2024

The Trojan’s mission to bring potable water started at USC

Policy Influencer Jiachen Zhang Tackles Climate and Air Quality Challenges
April 29, 2024

Assistant Professor Jiachen Zhang brings her expertise in computational modeling and science-based public policy to her new role at Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Mohamad Awada Receives the 2024 USC Ph.D. Achievement Award
April 23, 2024

The USC Viterbi student was honored for his research in creating smart spaces that can drastically improve the quality of our lives.

USC Researchers are Developing AI-Enhanced Safety Inspections for Nuclear Waste
April 4, 2024

Researchers in the USC Sonny Astani Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering are tackling one of the most complex problems facing the U.S. Department of Energy: how to safely handle and store “spent” nuclear fuel.

Associate Professor Kelly Sanders to Advise the White House on Clean Energy Policy
April 2, 2024

Sanders has been appointed 2024 Assistant Director for Energy Systems Innovation at the White House.

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