The department would like to congratulate Dr. Najmedin Meshkati, whose proposal has been awarded funding by the Undergraduate Research Associates Program (URAP). His proposal, “A System of Systems Approach to Bring the UN Sustainable Development Goals on Track: Focusing on the Cross-Cutting and Enabling Key Goal # 17 (Partnerships for the Goals)”, will receive $3300 to support essential undergraduate research … Read More

The Sonny Astani Department would like to congratulate Adam Smith for his promotion to Associate Professor with tenure.  Dr. Smith has been teaching environmental engineering at USC since 2014, after completing his PhD at the University of Michigan.  Dr. Smith’s research is in the important area of climate change and water sustainability, and he is working on collaborative research in … Read More

The CEE department is happy to announce Dr. George Ban-Weiss’ promotion to Associate Professor with tenure.  Dr. Ban-Weiss has been with us since 2013 after working as a scientist at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory and studying mechanical engineering at UC Berkeley.  Here at USC, Dr. Ban Weiss teaches Air Pollution Fundamentals.  His research focuses on climate change, air pollution and quality, … Read More

Qiming Wang, assistant professor in the Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, is a recipient of the 2020 SME Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award. The award recognizes engineers age 35 or younger for their exceptional contributions and accomplishments in the industry. Wang’s work focuses on bio-inspired manufacturing and mechanics of unprecedented materials and structures to tackle key challenge … Read More

On October 24, 2019, Dr. Lucio Soibelman was inducted into the National Academy of Construction in Nashville, Tennessee. Not only does the academy provide well-earned recognition for esteemed members, but it also serves as a prestigious body of leaders, which continue to serve one of our nation’s largest industry in a positive and impactful manner.  Congratulations, Dr. Soibelman!  

Assistant Professor in the Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Adam Smith, along with colleagues Jan Amend, professor of earth sciences and biological sciences at USC Dornsife and Cameron Thrash, assistant professor of biological sciences, was awarded funding from the USC Provost New Directions in Research and Scholarship program (PNDRS) for their project  “Isolating ‘Microbial Dark Matter’ to … Read More

Dr. Burcin Becerik-Gerber was featured in VOA News for her research on how building attributes affect human responses to extreme violence. A project of CENTIENTS, which Becerik-Gerber cofounded with USC Assistant Professor Gale Lucas, the research looks into how to secure people during violent incidents, like an active shooter situation, and uses virtual reality to explore different scenarios. Read the … Read More

Congratulations to Dr. Costas Synolakis for receiving the 2019 International Coastal Engineering Award from the ASCE’s Coasts, Oceans, Ports and Rivers Institute. This award recognizes outstanding leadership and development in the field of coastal engineering internationally. Dr. Synolakis will receive this award during the Society’s PORTS’19 Conference in Pittsburgh, PA, September 17, 2019.  Professor Synolakis’ current work focuses on understanding unusual tsunami amplification … Read More

Professor George Ban-Weiss was featured on NPR Science Friday for the series Degrees of Change which explores the problem of climate change and how the planet is adapting to it.  Click here to listen in.