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The Future of Artificial Intelligence Comes Alive in Our Buildings

Jun 14, 2019

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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A “Post-Antibiotic World?”

Mar 06, 2019

Antibiotic resistance is spreading from wastewater treatment plants

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2019 Alumni Awards

Feb 08, 2019

The Sonny Astani Department celebrates their alumni’s accomplishments

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Broke your shoe? What if it could repair itself?

Feb 05, 2019

USC Viterbi faculty and students develop a 3D-printed material that can repair itself all on its own.

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The Fleischer Prize in Green Technology

Jan 07, 2019

USC Viterbi Students encouraged to apply

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Students investigate a microscopic community

Dec 13, 2018

Undergraduates in an environmental engineering microbiology course use brand-new lab space to study their own microbiomes

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USC Hosts the 4th Annual Le Val Lund Lecture

Nov 20, 2018

In honor of Le Val Lund, Jr., ASCE, USC and Caltech hold an annual lecture on lifeline infrastructure and community resilience and award an individual who greatly contributes to this field. This year, the event was held at USC.

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USC Viterbi Selected as Partner Institution for State Department’s Diplomacy Lab

Nov 14, 2018

USC Viterbi leads initiative to bring research and technology innovation to foreign policy challenges

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Piezoelectric Membranes for Water Filtration

Oct 25, 2018

Researchers optimize new method of cleaning filtration membranes used in wastewater treatment

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Clean Water and Sanitation For All

Oct 17, 2018

Tranice’ Warner, a USC Viterbi Ph.D. student, receives National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship to pursue her research in wastewater treatment

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The Recipients of 2018 RA/TA Awards

Oct 12, 2018

The Sonny Astani Department honors its exceptional research and teaching assistants

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USC students go into refugee camps in Greece to volunteer and research solutions to the global refugee crisis

Sep 26, 2018

New USC Viterbi course focused on engineering solutions for social good takes students from seven USC schools in a close encounter with problems inside refugee camps

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A Desk That Knows You

Sep 16, 2018

Burcin Becerik-Gerber leads an effort to create a smart desk that encourages a healthy and productive work environment.

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How much water is used to fulfill the energy needs of the US?

Aug 29, 2018

Study analyzes how much water is used by oil, coal, natural gas, wind and other energy sources

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A Powerful Touch

Aug 06, 2018

USC Viterbi alumnus PJ Wilson moved to Puerto Rico bringing solar kits and advocating for renewable energy on the hurricane-ravaged island

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USC Viterbi-Saudi Aramco Master’s Program sees its first graduating class

Jul 17, 2018

16 Saudi Aramco employees completed a unique master’s degree in construction management

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Eureka! Eureka! The Class of 2018 Has Found It

May 12, 2018

After long nights that muddled into early mornings in SAL, CED, and Leavey, they’re ready to set sail

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Master’s Class For The Ages

May 12, 2018

2018 USC Viterbi master’s students shared hugs, laughs and memories at graduation ceremonies.

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2018 Viterbi Master’s Student Awards

May 11, 2018

Accomplishments of Viterbi Master’s students celebrated at the second annual event

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Marie Curie Dropped the Ph.D. Mic 115 Years Ago. These Trojans Picked It Up.

May 10, 2018

At the 2018 USC Viterbi Ph.D. Hooding and Awards ceremony, the intellectual descendants of Curie, Drexler and Viterbi took the stage.

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USC Women In Science and Engineering (WiSE) helps junior female faculty share their research

May 07, 2018

The annual WiSE Research Horizons Symposium at USC brought together some of the best minds in academic research

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Meet Celeris, the first interactive coastal wave modeling software that runs faster than real-time

Apr 25, 2018

While currently available models can take hours to run, this open-source nearshore modeling software runs faster than real-time with concurrent visualization and an interactive environment

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Winning Big

Apr 19, 2018

USC Viterbi faculty, students receive multiple awards at the 2018 OCEC Awards and Honors Banquet.

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Keeping Her Promise

Apr 17, 2018

Glenda “Milly” Rodriguez, president of the USC chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, assured her parents she would become the first in her family to graduate from college. That day is coming soon.

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USC Viterbi announces its 2018 NSF CAREER Award Winners

Apr 17, 2018

Three USC Viterbi Assistant Professors receive a National Science Foundation’s CAREER Award for outstanding, innovative and promising approaches to research

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3-D printed active metamaterials for sound and vibration control

Apr 11, 2018

A team led by USC Viterbi researchers developed 3-D printed acoustic metamaterials that can be switched on and off remotely using a magnetic field

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Three USC Viterbi engineers recognized at Latino Alumni Association’s 44th annual scholarship gala

Apr 06, 2018

Diana Valenzuela takes home the night’s top honor: the John R. Hubbard Award 

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Unmasking the chemical forming carcinogens in recycled water

Mar 15, 2018

USC researchers identify the molecule responsible for a potent carcinogen found in recycled wastewater

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A Bench for “A Mensch”

Mar 09, 2018

USC Viterbi alumnus Kenneth Hekimian and his family recently dedicated a bench in honor of his mentor, Howard Laitin, a former USC adjunct professor and Hughes Aircraft chief scientist.

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Air Force Young Investigator Awardees to Advance Machine Learning and 3-D Printed Materials

Jan 12, 2018

USC Viterbi Assistant Professors Mahdi Soltanolkotabi and Qiming Wang win US Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Awards.

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USC’s Distinguished Civil Engineer Alumni

Dec 15, 2017

The winners of the 2017 Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Alumni Awards

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Is Underground Transit Worse for Your Health?

Nov 29, 2017

New Study by USC Engineers Finds Higher Concentrations of Cancer Causing Agents in Entirely Underground Metro Trains

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Graduate Students Recognized for their Work as Research and Teaching Assistants

Oct 12, 2017

The Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering honors its best research and teaching assistants

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Smart House 2.0

Oct 04, 2017

USC Viterbi’s Lucio Soibelman on making the future happen today.

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NAE President C.D. Mote, Jr. on Understanding and Executing Leadership

Sep 15, 2017

This year’s keynote Dorman Lecture, hosted by the Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, was given by National Academy of Engineering (NAE) President C.D. Mote, Jr.

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USC-CMAA Celebrates their Tenth Anniversary by Winning the Student Chapter of the Year Award

Sep 15, 2017

From the dedicated students, to the supportive alumni, USC-CMAA president and vice president discuss what makes their chapter stand out

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“Work With Your Mind”

Aug 16, 2017

Through academic clubs, research, and fellowships from GEM, AAUW and the Switzer Foundation, master’s student Daisy Benitez works towards creating a sustainable future

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Tsunami CSI

Aug 07, 2017

Waves as high as the Space Needle wreaked havoc in uninhabited Taan Fiord, Alaska and a group of scientists find out how it happened and what to look for before the next one hits

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Building Leaders

Jun 07, 2017

USC Hosts the Global Leadership Forum for Construction Engineering and Management Programs

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2017 Viterbi Master’s Student Awards

May 23, 2017

Accomplishments of Viterbi Masters students celebrated in inaugural event

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USC Viterbi 2017 Undergraduate Awards

May 23, 2017

Graduating students from the USC Viterbi School of Engineering were recognized on May 10th at the 2017 Undergraduate Viterbi Awards for their academic, leadership, and service achievements.

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Lost City: A Dive into the World of Oceanography

May 19, 2017

USC Visions and Voices concert initiated by a civil and environmental engineering professor dives deep into the wonders and tribulations of the ocean through music

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Escape Velocity Episode 5 “KATE 2600”

May 03, 2017

New podcast episode: What if the building you occupied was more than just a space?

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Collaborative Agreement Signed between Bauhaus-Universitat Weimar and USC Viterbi

May 02, 2017

Delegations from the two schools met to sign an agreement that will strengthen collaborative research and academic development.

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New Early Career Chair Appointments

May 01, 2017

Four distinguished junior USC Viterbi faculty appointed to Early Career Chairs

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Is the Drinking Water for Millions in the Persian Gulf At Risk?

Apr 27, 2017

USC Viterbi Professor Considers and Tries to Prepare for the ‘Unthinkable’

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Four USC Viterbi Professors Win 2017 NSF CAREER Awards

Mar 27, 2017

Felipe de Barros, a civil and environmental engineer, Han Wang, an electrical engineer and Ilias Diakonikolas and Wyatt Lloyd, both computer scientists, win the National Science Foundation’s top honor for junior faculty

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CMAA Tops Off Another Year with an Impressive Performance at “Sparks”

Mar 13, 2017

After five months of preparation, the CMAA student chapter takes first, second and third place at this year’s construction competition.

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‘We didn’t want to just give them a glass of clean water for a day’

Feb 22, 2017

Kirsten Rice empowers communities in developing countries to produce their own clean water

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Lucio Soibelman Receives Distinguished National Award for His Pioneering Work in Construction Management

Feb 06, 2017

Department Chair Lucio Soibelman was awarded ASCE’s 2017 Construction Management Award for his work in big data research and management

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Air pollution may lead to dementia in older women

Feb 03, 2017

Inter-disciplinary study suggests that tiny, dirty airborne particles called PM2.5 invade the brain and wreak havoc

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Evangelos Pantazis Awarded Autodesk/IAAC Builders in Residence

Jan 09, 2017

Civil Engineering Ph.D. student Evangelos Pantazis receives a research residency position to bring the creations of his novel architecture design methodology to life

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Lucio Soibelman Appointed Dean’s Professor

Jan 05, 2017

Department Chair and Professor Lucio Soibelman Appointed Dean’s Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

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The 2016 Alumni Awards

Dec 09, 2016

The Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering honors their esteemed alumni.

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The Future of Healthcare Construction

Nov 21, 2016

CMAA student chapter throws 22nd annual symposium on the impact of the healthcare sector on the construction industry

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Lucio Soibelman Receives Richard R. Torrens Award from ASCE

Nov 11, 2016

Department Chair Lucio Soibelman receives the 2016 Richard R. Torrens Award for his contributions as chief editor of the Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering

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Beating the Heat

Oct 28, 2016

Professor Qiming Wang uses 3-D printing to develop composite materials that are insensitive to thermal expansion or even contract when heated.

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New Material Could Revolutionize Flexible Electronics

Oct 13, 2016

USC Viterbi Professor Qiming Wang uses his novel 3-D printing technique to design a flexible, electronically conductive material

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Meet the Winners of the Research and Teaching Assistant Awards

Sep 29, 2016

The Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering awards its top research and teaching assistants

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Kelly Sanders and Nora Ayanian are MIT Technology Review 35

Aug 23, 2016

Since 2009, 13 USC Viterbi Faculty Have Been Recognized by MIT Technology Review

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USC Viterbi and Tsinghua University Celebrate 10 Years of Shared Research

Jun 06, 2016

Two Universities. One Shared Vision for Better Futures.