Labs and Centers

The Sonny Astani Department has several research laboratories and centers, listed below.

Air Quality Lab

About:

The Aerosol Laboratory was founded in 1998. The laboratory has become one of the leading centers of small particle research in the U.S.  The Laboratory has published over 100 papers and 3 US Patents, just over the past 8 years. Major facilities of the Laboratory include 500 square feet of general laboratory space, equipped with instrumentation for filter testing, instruments for particle generation and measurement, sampling and analysis in the 0.002 to 100 m m diameter range; microscopes, electron microbalance, gas analyzers, and instruments for conducting state-of-the-art toxicology studies to real-life air pollutants. 

Faculty:

Constantinos Sioutas

Earthquake Engineering – Strong Motion Group

About:

The Earthquake Engineering – Strong Motion Group focuses on:

  1. Earthquake strong ground motion for engineering applications, and
  2. Earthquake response of man made structures, aiming to improvement of the seismic design procedures and earthquake risks reduction.

Its research covers a wide range of topics, such as: earthquake source mechanism, seismic wave propagation, site and propagation path effects on strong ground motion, prediction of strong ground motion for design, probabilistic seismic hazard assessment, strong motion recording and data processing, soil-structure interaction, structural identification and health monitoring using ambient noise and forced vibrations, effects of various realistic representations of strong ground motion on structures.

Faculty:

Vincent Lee
Maria Todorovska
Mihailo Trifunac
Hung Leung Wong

Foundation for Cross-Connection and Hydraulic Research

About:

In 1944, USC Board of Trustees established the Foundation to develop and test countermeasures and devices for preventing contaminants and pollutants from flowing backwards into potable drinking water supplies. Over the years the Foundation has developed a number of products and services designed to help water utilities, health agencies, plumbing inspectors, private contractors and the general public in their cross-connection control efforts.

Faculty:

Jiin-Jen Lee

Innovation in Integrated Informatics Lab (iLAB)

About:

The Innovation in Integrated Informatics LAB (iLAB) research group focuses on the acquisition, modeling, and analysis of the data needed for user-centered built environments, and the design of novel algorithms and visualization techniques to improve built environment efficiency, while increasing user satisfaction.

Faculty:

Burcin Becerik-Gerber
Lucio Soibelman

Structures and Materials Research Lab

About:

The Structures and Materials Research Laboratory, located in the basement of Kaprielian Hall, is where Astani Department structural engineering faculty, lab management staff, graduate and undergraduate students conduct their research activities.

Faculty:

Bora Gencturk
Erik Johnson
Sami Masri

Tsunami Research Center

About:

The Tsunami Research Center (TRC) is actively involved with all aspects of tsunami research; inundation field surveys, numerical and analytical modeling, and hazard assessment, mitigation and planning. TRC has developed the tsunami inundation maps for California and the tsunami code MOST, now used by NOAA. MOST is the only validated code used in the US for tsunami hazard mapping with detailed inundation predictions. TRC has surveyed most “modern” tsunamis since 1992.

Faculty:

Patrick Lynett
Costas Synolakis

Water and Environmental Technologies Lab

About:

Consisting of the Childress Research Group, the McCurry Lab, the Smith Research Group and the Materials and Structures Lab, these water and environmental technologies groups focus on water management, membrane processes, and wastewater treatment and reuse.

Faculty:

Amy Childress
Felipe de Barros
Daniel McCurry
Adam Smith
Qiming Wang