Farshid Hosseini is a PhD Candidate working with Dr. Bora Gencturk. His research focuses on next generation seismic resistant structural systems using high-performance materials such as engineered cementitious composites (ECC) and super-elastic alloys (SEAs). He implemented these high-performance materials in bridge columns and beam-column joints in an innovative way to improve their seismic performance and damage tolerance. As part of … Read More

The Southern California Chapter of CMAA presented the 25th annual Scholarship and Project Awards Gala, at the JW Marriott at L.A. Live, on April 26, 2017, where multiple USC CEE student received four of the seven awards and scholarships. Sam Kinsey, a USC BSCE student, received the 2017 Corporate Sponsored Scholarship Match Program Scholarship Award, the most prestigious award given … Read More

Sasan Tavakkol is a PhD Candidate advised by Prof. Patrick Lynett. His research topic lies at the intersection of computer science and coastal engineering. As part of his PhD, Sasan has developed a revolutionary GPU-accelerated software, called Celeris, to simulate nearshore waves. Celeris is currently employed by hundreds of coastal engineers in academia and industry for analyzing wave propagation in … Read More

On March 27, 2017, the University of Southern California recognized staff, who have worked a large number of years, at a luncheon in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center Ballroom. This included USC Sonny Astani Department’s own staff members (from left to right): Paul Schwartz, FCCCHR Chief Engineer, recognized for 40 years of service; Patrick Sylvester, FCCCHR Business Manager, recognized for … Read More

Dr. Kelly Sanders has been appointed as the Dr. Teh Fu Yen Early Career Chair. Her title will be modified to Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental  Engineering and Dr. Teh Fu Yen Early Career Chair.

Dr. Burcin Becerik-Gerber will receive one of the 2017 USC Mentoring Awards in the Faculty Mentoring Graduate Students category. The annual USC Mentoring Awards honor individual faculty members for helping to build a supportive academic environment. Her achievement will be recognized at the USC Mentoring Awards ceremony on Thursday, April 6, 2017.

Calogero B. Rizzo (also known as Gerry) is a second year PhD student advised by Dr. Felipe de Barros. His research focuses on stochastic modeling of flow and transport through heterogeneous porous media. He is trying to find new ways to integrate the newest and most advanced computing technologies in the stochastic analysis workflow. He developed an efficient algorithm to … Read More

  Mo Chen is a PhD student in environmental engineering, co-advised by Dr. Kelly Sanders and Dr. George Ban-Weiss. His research lies in the intersection of the energy sector, Urban Heat Islands, and climate. Currently, he is working on understanding the role of urban heat islands in affecting residential electricity consumption through high spatiotemporal resolution observations and models. Mo was … Read More

Dr. Bora Gencturk received two grants: one from US-National Science Foundation for BRIGE: Damage Evaluation and Life-Cycle Assessment of Reinforced HPFRC Beam-Column Joints under Multi-Axial Loading and the other from University of Houston for Cask Mis-Loads Evaluation Techniques.

Dr. Constantinos Sioutas and Ph.D. student, Arian Saffari, had their second paper accepted for publication. The paper entitled “Ambient Ultrafine Particle Ingestion Alters Gut Microbiota in Association with Increased Atherogenic Lipid Metabolites” was published in collaboration with professor Hsiai from the UCLA Department of Medicine.