Zhiheng Wang Wins 2022 Probabilistic Methods Committee’s Best Student Paper Award

USC Viterbi post-doc Zhiheng Wang has won first place in the 2022 Probabilistic Methods Committee Student Paper Competition by the Engineering Mechanics Institute (EMI) of ASCE. The award was presented at the 2022 EMI Conference in Baltimore, Maryland in early June. Wang, honored for his paper “A Polynomial Chaos Formalism for Sensitivity and Reliability Analysis,” also gave a presentation showcasing … Read More

CEE Students Honored at 2022 Graduate and PhD Awards

On May 2nd, USC Viterbi’s 2022 Graduate and PhD Awards were held at the USC Hotel grand ballroom. The Sonny Astani Department congratulates Raven Althouse, PhD ENE ’22, for receiving the Jenny Wang Excellence in Teaching Award; and Jiaming Shi, PhD ENE ’22 for receiving the Best Research Assistant Award. Additionally, students were honored for their overall excellence. Kexin Shen, … Read More

Qiming Wang Awarded EMI Leonardo Da Vinci Award for Groundbreaking Research

Assistant Professor Qiming Wang received the EMI Leonardo Da Vinci Award. Sponsored by the Engineering Mechanics Institute for the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the award honors Wang’s “groundbreaking research in mechanics of bioinspired living materials made by integrating living components (including living chemistry, living bacteria, and living plants) into engineering materials to achieve self-healing, self-growing, and self-strengthening.”     … Read More

Sophomore David Palafox Awarded a Simpson Strong-Tie Scholarship

CEE sophomore David Palafox was awarded an academic scholarship by the Simpson Strong-Tie Company. The scholarship ($2,000), one of about 100 awarded for the 2022-2023 academic year, was established to assist architecture, structural and civil engineering and construction management students through support of education and encouragement of the design and building of safer structures in our communities. Said Palafox, who … Read More

Daniel McCurry Named One of “40 Under 40”

Daniel McCurry, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, was named one of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists 40 Under 40. This program was introduced to recognize talented individuals who have, either personally or as part of a team, been responsible for helping to advance the fields of Environmental Science or Environmental Engineering in a demonstrable way … Read More

Roger Ghanem Receives Theodore Von Karman Medal

Roger Ghanem, professor of civil and environmental engineering, has been awarded the Theodore von Kárman Medal by the American Society of Civil Engineers. The award recognizes distinguished achievement in engineering mechanics, applicable to any branch of civil engineering. This award was established and endowed in 1960 by the Engineering Mechanics Division, now the Engineering Mechanics Institute, with gifts presented by … Read More

CEE Transportation Engineering Students Win WTS Scholarships

WTS International focuses on the advancement of women in the transportation industry. This year, multiple students from USC were awarded scholarships by the WTS Los Angeles chapter including the following students from the Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering: • Jessica Brown, who is pursuing a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering—building sciences, was awarded the $8,000 … Read More

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

CEE Chair Lucio Soibelman Awarded Distinguished Member of ASCE

Congratulations to Lucio Soibelman, Fred Champion Estate Chair in Engineering and professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering. The American Society of Civil Engineers is one of the nation’s oldest engineering societies and is active in 177 countries. The ASCE Distinguished Membership is the highest honor offered by the ASCE. One … Read More