Can a Building Help Thwart The Next Active Shooter?
Researchers have designed a virtual environment to test how building features in schools and offices help or hurt occupants during active shooter incidents.
Researchers demonstrate antibiotic-resistant genes are well removed by purification used to recycle wastewater but final quality is influenced by environmental factors
A team led by Assistant Professor in the USC Viterbi Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Adam Smith has found that purified water returned to Southern California aquifers for storage and reuse blends with antibiotic-resistant bacteria already found in the aquifer, adding key data to the conversation on how we reuse water.
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
Featured Research Assistant
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.
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.
Mon, Apr 06, 2020
12:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Location: RTH 115
Speaker: Mark Sarkisian, TBA Talk Title: TBA Abstract: TBA Host: Dr. Burcin Becerik-Gerber
Thu, Apr 09, 2020
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: KAP 209
Speaker: Dr. Shihong Lin, Vanderbilt University Talk Title: Energy Efficiency of Desalination Abstract: TBA Host: Dr. Amy Childress
Thu, Apr 16, 2020
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Location: KAP 209
Speaker: Dr. Oscar Lopez, University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign Talk Title: TBA Abstract: TBA Host: Dr. Qiming Wang
Thu, Apr 30, 2020
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Speaker: Dr. Rui Huang, University of Texas, Austin Talk Title: TBA Host: Dr. Qiming Wang
What If Airplanes Could Repair Their Own Damage?
USC researchers 3-D-printed the next-generation of high strength, lightweight structures that can autonomously heal impact damage.
DEN@Viterbi: Going the Distance: USC Viterbi Provides Distance Education During COVID-19
What Happens When All Students Become On-Line Students? Look to the Engineers.