Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Media Coverage

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VentureBeat: How Researchers are Designing Smart Desks of the Future

Oct 12, 2018

Research by Burcin Becerik-Gerber on smart desks and smart buildings was highlighted

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Washington Post: As temperatures keep trending up, ‘heat belt’ cities maneuver to stay livable

Sep 05, 2018

Prof. Ban-Weiss was quoted on the innovative ways that can keep homes cool in midst of rising temperatures.

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Wired: LA is doing water better than your city. Yes, that LA

Jun 13, 2018

With climate change on the horizon, Los Angeles is rushing to pull water from surprising sources. Professor Amy Childress discusses the desalination process used to treat wastewater before it returns to the tap.

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USC Viterbi Flickr: 2018 Sonny Astani Department Commencement Reception

May 14, 2018

View photos of the 2018 Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Commencement Reception

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Watch the Viterbi Satellite Commencement Ceremonies Streaming

May 09, 2018

Ph.D. on 5/10 at 9am PDT, Undergraduate on 5/11 at 11am PDT, Graduate on 5/11 at 3pm PDT, Computer Science Graduate on 5/11 at 6:30pm PDT

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The Alan Turing Institute: Ten Rutherford Visiting Fellows arrive at the Alan Turing Institute

Apr 26, 2018

Professor Burcin Becerik-Gerber among ten international fellows to join The Alan Turing Institute as part of the government’s Rutherford Fellowship scheme that brings highly skilled researchers to the UK.

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KPCC: How can we keep traffic flowing during emergencies like wildfires?

Feb 11, 2018

During a a radio interview, Jim Moore suggested reverse 911 calls as a strategy to prevent traffic jams in an emergency

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KPCC: Are California’s smooth roads worth the extra cost?

Feb 11, 2018

Jim Moore comments on whether it is important to invest in smoother roads as California’s infrastructure ages

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LA Times: California bullet train cost surges by $2.8 billion

Feb 11, 2018

Jim Moore was quoted on how large public infrastructure projects are communicated to the public

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Freakonomics: Are We Running Out of Ideas?

Feb 04, 2018

The Freaknomics podcast cited Behrokh Khoshnevis “contour crafting” which can 3D print a house in 24 hours

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LA Times: Costs soar and cracks revealed in Oroville Dam spillway

Feb 04, 2018

Amy Rechenmacher was quoted about the strength of the Oroville Dam spillway despite existing cracks

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Reuters: U.S. regulator raises concerns about weights on energy pipelines

Feb 04, 2018

Najmedin Meshkati was quoted about the possible damage weights may cause on the TransCanada Corp.’s Keystone pipeline

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International Business Times: You Might Be Breathing Cancer-Causing Toxic Metals During Your Commute

Feb 04, 2018

Research by Constantinos Sioutas colleagues that found the level of air pollution in the tunnels for the Los Angeles Red Line train were 10 times higher than the threshold set by the World Health Organization and Environmental Protection Agency was featured

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Associated Press: Amtrak didn’t wait for system that could’ve prevented wreck

Feb 04, 2018

Najmedin Meshkati was quoted about how installing and testing a positive train control system might have prevented the fatal Amtrak crash near Seattle.

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KPCC: The science of tsunamis and SoCal

Feb 04, 2018

Costas Synolakis of theTsunami Research Center was interviewed about the vulnerability of Southern California to tsunami warnings all around the Pacific Ocean

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Flickr: 25th Anniversary Celebration of Environmental Engineering at USC Viterbi

Jan 29, 2018

On January 26th, the Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering celebrated the 25th anniversary of the undergraduate environmental engineering program.

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Flickr: USC AEC Construction Alumni Group’s First Distinguished Industry Leader Event

Jan 22, 2018

The first of a multi-event series featuring leaders from the architecture, engineering and construction industries, included Bob Card of TCG and Lou Cornell of Jacobs Engineering, facilitated by Philip Stassi, the recently retired President of Jacobs Global Buildings and Infrastructure.

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Los Angeles Business Journal: Olympics-Sized Transit Effort

Aug 13, 2017

Jim Moore was interviewed about the Olympics coming to LA and the need for investment in more transit services to benefit the public

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Nature: Huge landslide triggered rare Greenland mega-tsunami

Aug 13, 2017

Nature quoted Costas Synolakis about the importance of studying the causes of tsunamis and other national disasters

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New York Times: California Today: A Plan to Cool Down L.A.

Jul 07, 2017

Can “cool pavements” reduce urban temperatures? George Ban-Weiss says they can, but there may be penalties.

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Reuters: Proximity to Clogged Highways Could Increase Risk of Alzheimer’s, Dementia

Feb 21, 2017

Constantinos Sioutas discusses his research on the effects of air pollution particles in the brain.

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KPCC: Can Los Angeles Lower Its Own Temperature by Three Degrees?

Feb 14, 2017

George Ban-Weiss discusses his research in reflective high-tech material that could replace asphalt.

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KCRW: Mayor Garcetti Aims to Make LA Three Degrees Cooler

Feb 14, 2017

George Ban-Weiss talks with KCRW host Madeleine Brand about lowering Los Angeles’ temperature.

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LA Times: L.A.’s is too hot. These scientists are figuring out how to cool it down.

Feb 10, 2017

The LA Times profiles the work Ban-Weiss is doing with the Mayor’s office to address the heat-island effect in Los Angeles

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NAE: Don Zhang elected to NAE

Feb 08, 2017

Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering / Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering professor recognized for pioneering work in stochastic modeling of flow in porous media

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Science Magazine: The Polluted Brain

Jan 24, 2017

Constantinos Sioutas and Arian Saffari research how pollution effects the brain.

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Digital Trends: This 3D Printed Structure Shrinks When Heated, Expands When Cooled

Jan 03, 2017

Digital Trends mentioned research by Qiming Wang and colleagues, who created tiny, 3D-printed metamaterials that shrink rather than expand when exposed to heat.

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Science Daily: 3-D-Printed Structures Shrink When Heated

Jan 03, 2017

Science Daily highlighted research by Qiming Wang on tiny structures that actually shrink, rather than expand, when heated.

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AAAS: USC Viterbi Professor Roger Ghanem Named AAAS Fellow

Nov 21, 2016

Roger Ghanem, the Gordon S. Marshall Professor of Engineering Technology and professor of civil and environmental engineering, was recognized for outstanding contributions to practical, mathematical and computational aspects of uncertainty quantification.

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Desert Sun-Voter Guide: Clinton and Trump on Global Warming, Energy and the California Drought

Oct 24, 2016

Kelly Sanders was quoted on the feasibility of Donald Trump’s energy proposals.

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Curbed: How a Short-lived Company Turned Thousands of LA Lawns into Gravel Dead Zones

Oct 24, 2016

Research by Pouya Vahmani and George Ban-Weiss on the effect drought-tolerant landscaping will have on Los Angeles’ overall temperature was mentioned.

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Los Angeles Times: Kirsten Harper Smith Is Helping Build Downtown Los Angeles

Oct 04, 2016

Sony Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Alumna featured for leading a large construction project.

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United Press International: How Climate Change Mitigation and Energy Choices Affect Water

Sep 23, 2016

Civil Engineering Professor Kelly Sanders wrote an op-ed how the drought in California can and has affected energy production.

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Los Angeles Times: Will Replacing Thirsty Lawns With Drought-Tolerant Plants Make L.A. Hotter?

Aug 10, 2016

Professor George Ban-Weiss analyzes what would happen to the city’s overall temperature if every lawn were replaced with drought-tolerant plants.

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The New York Times: Future House: 3-D Printed and Ready to Fly

Jul 22, 2016

3D printing techniques and contour crafting developed by Behrokh Khoshnevis were highlighted.