Ashrant Aryal is a third year PhD student advised by Dr. Burcin Becerik-Gerber. His research area is related to developing smart built environments that can adapt to people’s needs. He is currently working on a project in collaboration with ARUP to develop an intelligent desk that can learn user preferences and automatically control the environment around the user to maintain … Read More

Saba Khashe is a PhD candidate working under the supervision of Dr. Burcin Becerik Gerber. Her research focuses on enabling human-building communication to promote occupants’ pro-environmental behavior. Her goal is to transform buildings into interactive living spaces that communicate with their occupants and influence the ways that they behave in buildings. Saba received a Bachelor’s degree in Architectural Engineering from … Read More

Konstantinos Douligeris is a second-year PhD student in civil engineering advised by Dr. Costas Synolakis. His research focuses on developing analytical solutions and codes to calculate the run-up of solitary waves and N-waves on different types of sloping beaches using linear and nonlinear theories. The results will be compared to experimental data from experiments which will be held at USC’s … Read More

Yamrot Amha is a third-year PhD student in Environmental Engineering advised by Dr. Adam Smith. Her research evaluates microbial resource management strategies in anaerobic systems such as anaerobic digesters and anaerobic membrane bioreactors use to recover energy from waste streams (e.g., food waste and wastewater sludges). The main goals of her research are to identify operational and design factors that … Read More

Allyson McGaughey is a third-year Ph.D. student in environmental engineering advised by Prof. Amy Childress. Her research focuses on membrane-based water treatment for resource recovery from challenging waters and wastewaters. Currently, she is exploring the relationship between membrane material properties and performance for the treatment of challenging wastewaters by membrane distillation. She is also studying the use of novel materials, … Read More

Yun Li is a second year PhD student in environmental engineering, advised by Dr. George Ban-Weiss. Her research focuses on the impacts of urbanization on urban climate and air quality in the Los Angeles basin. Currently, she is working on incorporating high-resolution satellite-observed land surface data into a regional climate-chemistry model, and evaluating how these model advances improve simulated urban … Read More

Simin is a PhD candidate, in the area of Informatics for Intelligent Built Environments, co-advised by Dr. Burcin Becerik-Gerber and Dr. Lucio Soibelman. She started her PhD studies at USC in Fall 2013 and expects to graduate in 2018. Her research is focused on improving building’s energy efficiency via providing activity-driven and user-centered automation in buildings, using techniques in Artificial … Read More

Pouyan is a PhD candidate working under supervision of Dr. Ketan Savla. His research focuses on control and optimization techniques for transportation networks. More specifically he is interested in designing feedback control algorithms that use the real-time data collected by traffic sensors to control the traffic flow more efficiently. His work consists of developing theoretical guarantees for these algorithms as … Read More

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

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