John O'Brien is the Executive Vice Dean for Engineering at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering.
Dr. O'Brien is Professor of Electrical Engineering-Electrophysics. He received a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering in 1991, from Iowa State University, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Applied Physics from the California Institute of Technology in 1993 and 1996, respectively. He joined USC in 1997 as Assistant Professor. In 1999 he received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, and in 2000 he was awarded an NSF Career Award. John rose rapidly through the ranks and was promoted to Professor of Electrical Engineering in 2006. His research interests are in nanophotonics and photonic crystal devices. He is a senior member of IEEE.