Environmental Engineering at USC

Full-Time Faculty

George Ban-Weiss

Assistant Professor

Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2008

Global and regional climate modeling, effects of atmospheric particles and land-use on climate and air quality, measurement of climatically relevant pollutant emissions from energy sources, evaluating climate models using satellite data, synergistic approaches for reducing climate change and urban air pollution.

Office: KAP 230C | Tel: (213) 740-9124 | Email: banweiss@usc.edu

Amy Childress

Professor and Director of the Environmental Engineering Program
Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 1997

Membrane contactor processes for innovative solutions to contaminant and energy challenges; pressure-driven membrane processes as industry standards for desalination and water reuse, membrane bioreactor technology, colloidal and Interfacial aspects of membrane processes.

Office: BHE 215 | Tel: (213) 740-6304 | Email: amyec@usc.edu

Felipe de Barros

Assistant Professor

Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2009

Environmental fluid mechanics, stochastic hydrogeology, contaminant transport in heterogeneous porous media, site characterization and risk assessment, with emphasis on the scale issue, aquifer remediation and sustainability.

Office: KAP 224B | Tel: (213) 740-6130 | Email: fbarros@usc.edu

Daniel McCurry

Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Stanford University, 2016
Engineered water sources, environmental organic chemistry, and water reuse.

Office: BHE 220 | Tel: (213) 740-0762 | Email: dmccurry@usc.edu

Massoud Pirbazari


Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1980

Treatment and removal of hazardous chemicals, mathematical modeling of biophysicochemical processes in water and wastewater treatment, and the development of biotechnology for pollution remediation.

Office: KAP 260 | Tel: (213) 740-0592 | Email: pirbazar@usc.edu

Kelly T. Sanders

Dr. Teh Fu Yen Early Career Chair, Assistant Professor

Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, 2013

Analytical modeling of urban and agricultural systems; sustainable energy, water, and waste management; lifecycle assessment; smart grid data analytics.

Office: KAP 200B | Tel: 213-821-0095 | Email: ktsanders@usc.edu

Constantinos Sioutas

Fred Champion Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Doctor of Science, Harvard, 1994

Technologies for measuring physicochemical characteristics of air pollutants, toxic properties, and novel technologies for reducing the emissions of air pollutants.

Offie: KAP 216C | Tel: (213) 740-6134 | Email: sioutas@usc.edu

Adam Smith

Assistant Professor

PhD., University of Michigan 2014

Resource recovery from waste streams, microbial syntrophy in anaerobic systems.

Office: BHE 221 | Tel: 213-740-0473 | Email: smithada@usc.edu

Affiliated Faculty

Burcin Becerik-Gerber

Stephen Schrank Early Career Chair in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Associate Professor

Doctor of Design, Harvard University, 2006

Energy Efficiency, Building Information Modeling, Situational Awareness for Built Environment, Human-Building Interaction, Human Centered Sensing and Policy Generation for Energy Efficiency, Occupancy and Behavior Driven Energy Models, Sensors and Sensor Systems, Prediction of Human and Building Behavior

Office: KAP 224C | Tel: (213) 740-4383 | Email: becerik@usc.edu

Mital Luhar

Profile pictureHenry Salvatori Early Career Chair, Assistant Professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering and Civil and Environmental Engineering

Doctoral Degree, Civil Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2012

Work addresses open problems in aero- and hydrodynamic design, flow control, environmental science, as well as physical biology, and involves a combination of laboratory experiments and theory.

Office: RRB 220 | Tel: 213-740-7212 | Email: luhar@usc.edu

Patrick Lynett


Ph.D., Cornell University, 2002.

Numerical and physical modeling of coastal processes; wind wave evolution from deep to shallow water; sediment transport in the coastal zone; wave interaction with permeable structures such as breakwaters; internal waves; wave energy.

Office: KAP 224E | Tel: (213) 740-3133 | Fax: (213) 744-1426 | Email: plynett@usc.edu

Lucio Soibelman

Viterbi Dean's Professor and Department Chair

Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1998

Artificial Intelligence, Data Mining, Knowledge Discovery, Image Reasoning, Text Mining, Machine Learning, Multi-reasoning Mechanisms, sensors, sensor networks, and advanced infrastructure systems

Office: KAP 210A | Tel: (213) 740-0609 | Email: soibelman@usc.edu

Qiming Wang

Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Duke University, 2014

Mechanics of active materials and structures, Additive manufacture, Biofouling management, Water treatment.

Office: BHE 222 | Tel: (213) 821-4715 | Email: qimingw@usc.edu