Assessing the Health of Buildings

Assessing the Health of Buildings

Audrey Olivier explores data analytics to identify potential risk factors and avoid future hazards in the structures that house and connect us.

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US EPA: Amy Childress named Charter Member to EPA Science Advisory Board

Childress was also appointed to the EPA Drinking Water Committee.

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The Washington Post: Champlain Towers parking garage flooded often before collapse, residents and ex-worker say

The Washington Post featured Henry Koffman on what caused the recent collapse of a condo building in Florida.

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Two USC Viterbi Faculty Win Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Awards

Two USC Viterbi Faculty Win Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Awards

Rehan Kapadia and Qiming Wang are two of only 38 recipients nationwide.

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Los Angeles Times: California Heat Wave Heightens Drought And Fire Fears

Los Angeles Times quoted Essam Heggy on how coastal erosion contributes to drought

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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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Featured Research Assistant

Lily Shi

Lily Shi, a doctoral candidate in the USC Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, is using the tools of environmental organic chemistry to conduct research devoted to mitigating human health risks caused by emerging contaminants in drinking water.

“My early Ph.D. research focused on understanding the formation pathway of halonitromethanes, a class of extremely potent carcinogen, which are often detected in reuse water and drinking water,” Shi says. “Subsequently, I studied the nitromethane removal mechanism during the wastewater recycling process. My future research will be devoted to uncovering the toxic drivers in wastewater reuse and developing new ways to treat water safely.”

Shi is a recipient of the Teh Fu “Dave” Yen Fellowship in Environmental Engineering and a USC TA/RA fellowship. Prior to coming to USC, she earned a master’s degree in environmental engineering from the University of California, Berkeley and a bachelor’s degree in environmental engineering and science from Tongji
University in Shanghai, China.

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

Sep23Thu

Astani Civil and Environmental Engineering Seminar

Thu, Sep 23, 2021
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: RTH 526
Speaker: Prof., Dr. Christoph Holscher, Professor of Cognitive Science. ETH Zurich Talk Title: Navigating complex buildings: spatial cognition and agent-based simulation Abstract: TBA Host: Dr. Burcin Becerik-Gerber

Sep30Thu

Astani Civil and Environmental Engineering Seminar

Thu, Sep 30, 2021
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: MCB 101
Speaker: Dr. Michael Shields, John Hopkins University Talk Title: TBA Abstract: TBA Host: Dr. Roger Ghanem More Info: usc.zoom Meeting ID: 996 8004 9945 Passcode: 905716

Oct07Thu

Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Seminar

Thu, Oct 07, 2021
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: RTH 526
Speaker: Dr. Thanasis Fokas, Adjunct Professor, Astani Civil and Environmental Engineering and at the Department of Biomedical Engineering Talk Title: Heat and Wave Equations Revisited: Beyond Fourier and'Alembert Abstract: Please see...

Oct14Thu

Spotlight: Advanced Design & Construction Technology

Thu, Oct 14, 2021
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
What does it take to be an innovative leader of the built environment? USC's new Master of Science program in Civil Engineering - Advanced Design & Construction Technology develops professionals to think holistically about design and...

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Announcements

Student, Mayra Rodriguez, receives NAC Academic Scholarship

Congratulations to Mayra Rodriguez, who was awarded an academic scholarship by The National Academy of Construction. Mayra is currently pursuing her degree in engineering and architectural design and is aiming to be a licensed professional engineer in the construction management field.

Professor George Ban-Weiss and Ph.D. Jiachen Zhang’s Work on Cool Walls Used as Basis for National Scale Building Pilot

On top of global climate change, the urban heat island effect increases city temperatures and poses a great challenge for city dwellers, causing heat stroke and heat stress and increasing electricity consumption of air conditioning in summer, said Jiachen Zhang, USC Viterbi Ph.D. and co-author of a paper on cool walls published in Environmental Science and Technology. This paper, showcasing … Read More

Professor Henry Koffman Quoted in Washington Post

Henry Koffman, professor of civil and environmental engineering practice at USC Viterbi School of Engineering, was quoted in a Washington Post article detailing potential causes of the Champlain Towers collapse in Florida. Henry Koffman, a professor of civil engineering at the University of Southern California who has worked in forensic engineering for nearly 30 years, said consistent garage flooding could … Read More

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Marketplace: Texas’ efforts to fix electrical grid may not be enough to prevent future blackouts

Marketplace: Texas’ efforts to fix electrical grid may not be enough to prevent future blackouts

Marketplace quoted Kelly Sanders on Texas’ efforts to fix electrical grid that may not be enough to prevent future blackouts.

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Assessing the Health of Buildings

Assessing the Health of Buildings

Audrey Olivier explores data analytics to identify potential risk factors and avoid future hazards in the structures that house and connect us.

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