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.

Dr. Amy Childress has joined Desalination as as a co-editor, on their editorial board. Desalination is one of Elsevier’s journals, dedicated to promoting “leading edge progress on the globally important topic of water desalting.” Desalination ranks as 12th of 135 chemical engineering titles and 2nd of 85 water resources titles. The editorial also includes Nidal Hilal, Chair in Water Process … Read More

Farimah Shirmohammadi, a PhD student advised by Constantinos Sioutas, received the poster presentation competition award at the 35th annual American Association of Aerosol Research (AAAR) conference in Portland, OR, which is the biggest professional organization in the field of aerosol science, with its annual meeting having over 1200 participants from all over the world.

Dr. Patrick Lynett received a grant from US-National Science Foundation for RAPID: Recording Tsunami Impacts from the Taan Fjord, Alaska Landslide of October 17th, 2015.

Dr. Adam Smith received a grant from US-National Science Foundation for GOALI: Advancing Decentralized Anaerobic Membrane Bioreactor Treatment of Food Waste.

Dr. Ketan Savla recently received another grant from Metrans. METRANS’ mission is to solve transportation problems of large metropolitan regions through interdisciplinary research, education and outreach.