Tenured and Tenure-Track Faculty

George Ban-Weiss

Assistant Professor

Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2008

Global and regional climate modeling, effects of atmospheric particles and land-use on climate and air quality, measurement of climatically relevant pollutant emissions from energy sources, evaluating climate models using satellite data, synergistic approaches for reducing climate change and urban air pollution.

Office: KAP 230C | Tel: (213) 740-9124 | Email: banweiss@usc.edu

Burcin Becerik-Gerber

Stephen Schrank Early Career Chair in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Associate Professor

Doctor of Design, Harvard University, 2006

Energy Efficiency, Building Information Modeling, Situational Awareness for Built Environment, Human-Building Interaction, Human Centered Sensing and Policy Generation for Energy Efficiency, Occupancy and Behavior Driven Energy Models, Sensors and Sensor Systems, Prediction of Human and Building Behavior

Office: KAP 224C | Tel: (213) 740-4383 | Email: becerik@usc.edu

Amy Childress

Professor and Director of the Environmental Engineering Program
Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 1997

Membrane contactor processes for innovative solutions to contaminant and energy challenges; pressure-driven membrane processes as industry standards for desalination and water reuse, membrane bioreactor technology, colloidal and Interfacial aspects of membrane processes.

Office: BHE 215 | Tel: (213) 740-6304 | Email: amyec@usc.edu

Felipe de Barros

Assistant Professor

Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2009

Environmental fluid mechanics, stochastic hydrogeology, contaminant transport in heterogeneous porous media, site characterization and risk assessment, with emphasis on the scale issue, aquifer remediation and sustainability.

Office: KAP 224B | Tel: (213) 740-6130 | Email: fbarros@usc.edu

Bora Gencturk

Assistant Professor

Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2011

Novel materials and environmental durability, advanced structural testing and measurement, reliability analysis and probabilistic methods, life-cycle assessment (LCA) and structural optimization, and field investigations and structural assessment

Office: KAP 234B | Tel: (213) 821-1036 | Email: gencturk@usc.edu

Roger Ghanem

Gordon S. Marshall Professor of Engineering Technology

Ph.D., Rice University, 1989

Probabilistic modeling and computational stochastic mechanics, quantitative models for the propagation of uncertainty in physical systems and structural dynamics.

Office: KAP 254C | Tel: (213) 740-9528 | Email: ghanem@usc.edu

Erik A. Johnson

Professor and Associate Chair

Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1997

Structural control, structural dynamics, system identification, and computational stochastic dynamics, semi-active damping strategies for structural systems, evolutionary algorithms for efficient simulation of stochastic dynamical systems.

Office: KAP 206B | Tel: (213) 740-0610 | Email: JohnsonE@usc.edu

Jiin-Jen Lee


Ph.D., California Institute of Technology, 1970

Cross-Connection Control and Hydraulic Research. Hydraulics, water resources engineering and coastal engineering.

Office: KAP 224A | Tel: (213) 740-7865 | Email: jjlee@usc.edu

Vincent W. Lee


Ph.D., University of Southern California, 1979

Seismic data processing, risk analysis, wave propagation and numerical methods.

Office: KAP 230B Tel: (213) 740-0568 | Email: vlee@usc.edu

Patrick Lynett


Ph.D., Cornell University, 2002.

Numerical and physical modeling of coastal processes; wind wave evolution from deep to shallow water; sediment transport in the coastal zone; wave interaction with permeable structures such as breakwaters; internal waves; wave energy.

Office: KAP 224E | Tel: (213) 740-3133 | Fax: (213) 744-1426 | Email: plynett@usc.edu

Sami F. Masri


Ph.D., California Institute of Technology, 1965

Analysis, control, and modeling of nonlinear dynamic systems.

Office: KAP 206A | Tel: (213) 740-0602 | Email: masri@usc.edu

Daniel McCurry

Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Stanford University, 2016
Engineered water sources, environmental organic chemistry, and water reuse.

Office: BHE 220 | Tel: (213) 740-0762 | Email: dmccurry@usc.edu

Najmedin Meshkati


Ph.D., University of Southern California, 1983

Risk reduction of civil infrastructure systems; safety, reliability, and efficiency of complex, large-scale technological systems; environmentally sustainable development.

Office: KAP 240 | Tel: (213) 740-8765 | Email: meshkati@usc.edu

Massoud Pirbazari


Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1980

Treatment and removal of hazardous chemicals, mathematical modeling of biophysicochemical processes in water and wastewater treatment, and the development of biotechnology for pollution remediation.

Office: KAP 260 | Tel: (213) 740-0592 | Email: pirbazar@usc.edu

Kelly T. Sanders

Assistant Professor

Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, 2013

Analytical modeling of urban and agricultural systems; sustainable energy, water, and waste management; lifecycle assessment; smart grid data analytics.

Office: KAP 200B | Tel: 213-821-0095 | Email: ktsanders@usc.edu

Ketan Savla

John and Dorothy Shea Early Career Chair in Civil Engineering, Assistant Professor

Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara, 2007

Control and Optimization tools for: Complex Dynamical Networks, Multi-agent Systems, Humans-in-loop Systems

Office: KAP 254A | Tel: (213) 740-0670 | Email: ksavla@usc.edu

Constantinos Sioutas

Fred Champion Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Doctor of Science, Harvard, 1994

Technologies for measuring physicochemical characteristics of air pollutants, toxic properties, and novel technologies for reducing the emissions of air pollutants.

Offie: KAP 216C | Tel: (213) 740-6134 | Email: sioutas@usc.edu

Adam Smith

Assistant Professor

PhD., University of Michigan 2014

Resource recovery from waste streams, microbial syntrophy in anaerobic systems.

Office: BHE 221 | Tel: 213-740-0473 | Email: smithada@usc.edu

Lucio Soibelman

Viterbi Dean’s Professor and Department Chair

Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1998

Artificial Intelligence, Data Mining, Knowledge Discovery, Image Reasoning, Text Mining, Machine Learning, Multi-reasoning Mechanisms, sensors, sensor networks, and advanced infrastructure systems

Office: KAP 210A | Tel: (213) 740-0609 | Email: soibelman@usc.edu

Costas Synolakis


California Institute of Technology, 1985

Prediction of tsunami inundation and other co-seismic hazards, breaking waves, wave runup, hydrodynamic pressures on dams and two-phase flow.

Office: KAP 206C | Tel: (213) 740-0613 | Email: costas@usc.edu

Mihailo D. Trifunac


Ph.D., California Institute of Technology, 1969

Strong motion seismology, earthquake engineering, structural dynamics, wave propagation, random vibrations and instrumentation and measurement.

Office: KAP 216D | Tel: (213) 740-0570 | Email: trifunac@usc.edu

Qiming Wang

Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Duke University, 2014

Mechanics of active materials and structures, Additive manufacture, Biofouling management, Water treatment.

Office: BHE 222 | Tel: (213) 821-4715 | Email: qimingw@usc.edu

L. Carter Wellford

Chair from 1996-2006, Professor

Ph.D., University of Alabama, Huntsville, 1975

Numerical methods in engineering, finite element methods for linear and nonlinear structural analysis.

Office: KAP 238B | Tel: (213) 740-0607 | Email: wellford@usc.edu

Hung Leung Wong


Ph.D., California Institute of Technology, 1975

Numerical methods in engineering, wave propagation in solids and soil-structure interaction.

Office: KAP 216B | Tel: (213) 740-0574 | Email: hlwong@usc.edu

Professors of Engineering Practice

David Ashley

Professor of Engineering Practice

Ph D., Stanford, 1977

Office: KAP 238A | Tel: (213) 740-0593 | Email: dashley@usc.edu

Gregg Brandow

Professor of Engineering Practice

Ph.D., Stanford

Specialist in both earthquake engineering and computer analysis and application of numerical methods to solutions of complex structural problems.

Office: KAP 268B | Tel: (213) 740-1040 | Email: brandow@usc.edu

Henry M. Koffman

Professor of Engineering Practice

M.S.C.E., Stanford University, 1962

Director, Construction Engineering and Management Program

Office: KAP 222 | Tel: (213) 740-0556 | Email: koffman@usc.edu

Geraldine Knatz

Professor of Engineering Practice

Ph.D., USC, Biological Sciences

Office: KAP 268A | Tel: (213) 740-2036 | Email: knatz@usc.edu

Amy Rechenmacher

Associate Professor of Engineering Practice

Ph.D., Northwestern University, 2000

Geotechnical Engineering, granular material failure and flow, experimental imaging, strain localization/ shear banding, granular physics.

Office: KAP 268B | Tel: (213) 740-3615 | Email: arechenm@usc.edu


Emeritus/Retired Professors

Mihran Agbabian

Chair from 1984-1992; Emeritus Professor

Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley

Founding President and President Emeritus of the American University of Armenia

Email: agbabian@usc.edu

George V. Chilingar

Emeritus Professor

Ph.D., University of Southern California, 1956

Environmental aspects of oil and gas production, petrophysical properties of rocks, drilling fluids, surface and subsurface operations in petroleum production, subsidence due to the fluid withdrawal, testing and storage of petroleum products.

Email: gchiling@usc.edu

Joseph S. Devinny

Emeritus Professor

Ph.D., California Institute of Technology, 1975

Environmental impact of human activity on natural ecosystems, the problems of hazardous wastes, and biofiltration

Email: devinny@usc.edu

Ronald C. Henry

Emeritus Professor

Ph.D., Oregon Graduate Center, 1977

Environmental engineering with a focus on air pollution

Email: rhenry@usc.edu

Geoffrey R. Martin

Chair from 1992-1996, Emeritus Professor

Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1965

Geotechnical aspects of earthquake engineering, soil behavior under cyclic loading, liquefaction, response of earth structures and seismic design of foundations

Email: geomar@usc.edu

James C. Anderson

Retired Professor

Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, 1969

Computer-aided design of structures, earthquake resistant design, nonlinear dynamic response analysis and testing of large scale structural components

Email: jamesa@usc.edu