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USC Viterbi Professor Roger Ghanem Named AAAS Fellow
November 21, 2016
Roger Ghanem, the Gordon S. Marshall Professor of Engineering Technology and professor of civil and environmental engineering, was recognized for outstanding contributions to practical, mathematical and computational aspects of uncertainty quantification
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The Future of Healthcare Construction
November 21, 2016
CMAA student chapter throws 22nd annual symposium on the impact of the healthcare sector on the construction industry
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Lucio Soibelman Receives Richard R. Torrens Award from ASCE
November 11, 2016
Department Chair Lucio Soibelman receives the 2016 Richard R. Torrens Award for his contributions as chief editor of the Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering
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Beating the Heat
October 28, 2016
Professor Qiming Wang uses 3-D printing to develop composite materials that are insensitive to thermal expansion or even contract when heated.
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Curbed: How a Short-lived Company Turned Thousands of LA Lawns into Gravel Dead Zones
October 24, 2016
Research by Pouya Vahmani and George Ban-Weiss on the effect drought-tolerant landscaping will have on Los Angeles' overall temperature was mentioned.
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Desert Sun - Voter guide: Clinton and Trump on Global Warming, Energy and the California Drought
October 24, 2016
Kelly Sanders was quoted on the feasibility of Donald Trump's energy proposals.
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New Material Could Revolutionize Flexible Electronics
October 12, 2016
USC Viterbi Professor Qiming Wang uses his novel 3-D printing technique to design a flexible, electronically conductive material
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Los Angeles Times: Kirsten Harper Smith Is Helping Build Downtown Los Angeles
October 04, 2016
Sony Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Alumna featured for leading a large construction project
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Meet the Winners of the Research and Teaching Assistant Awards
September 29, 2016
The Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering awards its top research and teaching assistants
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United Press International:How Climate Change Mitigation and Energy Choices Affect Water
September 23, 2016
Civil Engineering Professor Kelly Sanders wrote an op-ed how the drought in California can and has affected energy production.
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Kelly Sanders and Nora Ayanian are MIT Technology Review 35
August 23, 2016
Since 2009, 13 USC Viterbi Faculty Have Been Recognized by MIT Technology Review
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The New York Times: Future House: 3-D Printed and Ready to Fly
July 22, 2016
3D printing techniques and contour crafting developed by Behrokh Khoshnevis were highlighted.
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Popular Science: Melting Glaciers are Shaking the Earth Under Our Feet
July 12, 2016
Work by Patrick Lynett to model how the shape of Alaska's Taan Fjord affected the behavior of a tsunami was mentioned.
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USC Viterbi and Tsinghua University Celebrate 10 Years of Shared Research
June 06, 2016
Two Universities. One Shared Vision for Better Futures.
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NBC News: Rail Line Won't Have Crossing Gates in Downtown Santa Monica
May 23, 2016
Najmedin Mershaki was quoted about rail safety along Metro's Exposition Line.
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The Huffington Post: Chernobyl’s 30th Anniversary (and Fukushima’s 5th): A Tale of Preventable Nuclear Accidents and the Vital Role of Safety Culture
May 20, 2016
The Huffington Post ran commentary by Najmedin Meshkati about the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster.
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A New Generation Of Engineer Leaders Rises To Grand Challenges
May 13, 2016
Graduates at the 88th annual engineering commencement ceremony embody the spirit of innovation and global engagement
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May 13, 2016
Speakers at USC Viterbi’s master commencement ceremonies encouraged graduates to be persistent, aim high and change the world.
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2016 USC Viterbi Undergraduate Awards
May 12, 2016
Graduating USC Viterbi students recognized for their outstanding academics, leadership and service
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Who Will Aid the Sick? Fight Air Pollution? Power Our Spacecraft?
May 12, 2016
In case you missed it – many of these folks were donning new hoods on May 12 at the 2016 USC Viterbi Ph.D. Hooding and Awards Ceremony.
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Najmedin Meshkati Wins Ernest Amory Codman Award Lectureship
May 11, 2016
Meshkati receives award for his talk on the similarity between the nuclear power industry and the health care industry in terms of patient safety, safety culture and high reliability organization.
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USA Today: Meet the One Nation Speaker Who Gets Where Water and Energy Connect
May 05, 2016
Kelly Sanders was quoted about the global water and energy crises.
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Talent and innovation sync at annual faculty and staff awards
April 29, 2016
Faculty and staff gather to celebrate the best and brightest at USC Viterbi
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The Desert Sun: One Nation: 'Start Looking Holistically' at Climate
April 28, 2016
Kelly Sanders was quoted about climate change.
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Spring 2016 USC Viterbi Magazine
April 28, 2016
Check out the latest issue of our digital magazine!
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Ashutosh Nayyar and Ketan Savla Receive the George S. Axelby Outstanding Paper Award
April 07, 2016
Ashutosh Nayyar received the George S. Axelby Outstanding Paper Award for his paper on "Decentralized Stochastic Control." Ketan Savla also received the award for his paper on "Robust Distributed Routing in Dynamical Networks."
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The Wall Street Journal: Earthquake Exposes Gaps in Indonesia’s Tsunami-Warning System
March 18, 2016
Costas Synolakis was quoted about the recent Indonesian tsunami.
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LA's Water Issue
March 17, 2016
Celebrating World Water Day with a deep dive into water research at USC Viterbi
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OCEC Faculty, Programs and Students Sweep the 2016 the OCEC 2016 Awards.
March 02, 2016
Maja Mataric, Kelly Sanders, Andrea Armani, Azad Madni, Idania Takimoto, Radhul Ranith and the DEN program were honored
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Huffington Post: Nuclear Deal With Iran - Prospects for Scientific Cooperation, Safety and Sustainability in the Persian Gulf
January 13, 2016
The Huffington Post ran a column by Najmedin Meshakti about the nuclear deal with Iran
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The Sacramento Bee: Desert highway bridge revived after collapse
January 13, 2016
The Sacramento Bee quoted Henry Koffman on how El Niño weather could affect aging infrastructure.
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San Jose Mercury News: Experts question county stewardship of stalled Valley Medical Center project
December 03, 2015
San Jose Mercury News quoted Henry Koffman about the problems that have held up construction of the Valley Medical Center project.
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Faculty Profile: Qiming Wang
December 03, 2015
Meet new faculty member and Assistant Professor at the Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Qiming Wang and learn about his interest in using his research to establish a higher quality life for human beings.
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Wired:This Massive Wave Machine Is for Science, Not Fun
November 16, 2015
Wired quoted Patrick Lynett about how the Dutch have innovated coastal flood protection.
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Fox & Hounds Daily: Future of Water: Learning to Backstroke
November 12, 2015
Fox & Hounds Daily quoted Kelly Sanders about California's drought.
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Mr. Freeway turns 100
November 07, 2015
A USC engineering alumnus looks back on his legacy and the roads he built that defined our American Century
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New Kids On The Block
October 12, 2015
A former university president; a retired Northrop Grumman CTO; a Cambridge scholar; and a global robotics leader join USC Viterbi as senior faculty.
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WASHINGTON POST:  Fukushima Disaster Didn't Have to Happen
October 02, 2015
The Washington Post featured research by Costas Synolakis and a colleague about Fukushima. The report says necessary safety measures weren't implemented.
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NBC: Are American Cities Prepared for Tsunamis?
October 02, 2015
NBC quoted Costas Synolakis about the recent Chilean tsunami.
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Study: Fukushima Disaster Was Preventable
September 21, 2015
Critical backup generators were built in low-lying areas at risk for tsunami damage – despite warnings from scientists.
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The Huffington Post: Technological Solutions for a Thirsty World
August 25, 2015
Research by Amy Childress and colleagues on a desalination process that uses salt water to drive down energy use was featured
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Los Angeles Times: Iran's economic recovery from sanctions won't come overnight, experts say
July 17, 2015
Naj Meshkati was quoted about the economic opportunities that could come out of lifting sanctions on Iran
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Radio Canada: California Oil Spill Has Lessons for Canada, Pipeline Safety Expert Says
June 02, 2015
Najm Meshkati fears companies are courting disaster if they adhere only to minimum standards
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2015 USC Viterbi Undergraduate Awards
May 20, 2015
Graduating USC Viterbi students recognized for their outstanding academics, leadership and service
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May 15, 2015
Joy reigned supreme at the 2015 USC Viterbi undergraduate commencement, where students were encouraged to reach for the stars.
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Master Class
May 15, 2015
USC Viterbi master's graduates are encouraged to shape the future.
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Paging All Doctors of Philosophy, Grand Challenges Beckon
May 14, 2015
2015 cohort of USC Viterbi Ph.D. recipients urged to solve “the problems of our age”
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Budding engineer provides clean water for Nepal and Tanzania
May 13, 2015
Cyrus Maroofian finds purpose in his life by giving low-cost water filters to mountain dwellers and African schools
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Faculty Profile: Kelly T. Sanders
May 12, 2015
Meet new faculty member and Assistant Professor in the Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Kelly T. Sanders and learn about her research goals at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering!
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Huffington Post: Lessons Learned and Things to Learn from the BP Oil Spill
May 05, 2015
On the 5th anniversary of the BP oil spill, Najmedin Meshkati discusses what was learned from the accident and lessons to keep in mind moving forward
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Two For One: Recycling Water While Recovering Energy
April 22, 2015
Civil and environmental engineer Adam Smith conducts research on wastewater treatment and resource recovery.
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Really Invisible Braces
April 16, 2015
ComfortCorrect, the 2014 MEPC winner, is poised to dramatically alter the orthodontics market
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The Voyage of the Pesticides
April 13, 2015
To protect human health, civil and environmental engineer, Felipe de Barros, predicts how chemicals travel in subsurface water.
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KPCC: Do You Know How Much Water a Shower Takes?
April 10, 2015
Kelly Sanders comments on why it can be difficult to track and ultimately reduce water usage in the home
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NBC LA: Expo Line Placement Has Always Been A Danger Says USC Professor
April 09, 2015
Najmedin Meshkati comments on the dangers of the Expo Line design in light of the recent Metrolink accident near USC
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LA Daily News: Metrolink Trains' Flawed, Dangerous Design
April 09, 2015
Najmedin Meshkati and James E. Moore discuss the Expo Line and the dangers it poses at high-risk areas including intersections and pedestrian crossing zones
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KPCC: Metro Officials Looking Into Cause of Expo Line Crash
March 31, 2015
Najmedin Meshkati discusses the Expo Line crash and points out that the specific design of the line has been criticized for being accident-prone since its opening in 2012
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New York Times: Canada Looks Into TransCanada Safety Allegations
March 24, 2015
Najmedin Meshkati comments on issues regarding pipeline safety-code violations at TransCanada Corp
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Smooth Driving
March 04, 2015
Assistant Professor Ketan Savla wins NSF CAREER Award and plans to develop research on transportation networks
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AG Professional: New Form of Desalination May Alleviate Drought
March 03, 2015
Amy Childress works on a process of desalination that utilizes reverse osmosis
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USC Astani Students Win at the 2015 Sparks Competition
February 26, 2015
On the weekend of February 6th through the 8th, USC students did amazingly in the Sparks Competition - an annual competition hosted by The Associated Schools of Construction.
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LA Times: Pipe Problems in LA
February 18, 2015
Lucio Soibelman discusses the problem of aging pipes in Los Angeles
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Faculty Profile: Adam Smith
February 09, 2015
Adam Smith discusses his research goals in anaerobic waste water treatment
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Ketan Savla Receives NSF CAREER Award
February 02, 2015
Ketan Savla receives funding for his proposal on Control Design for Dynamical Network Flow with Applications to Transportation
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Remembering Leonard Marvin
January 15, 2015
Adjunct Lecturer Len Marvin passed away Dec. 24, 2014
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A Right To Clean Water
January 12, 2015
Three USC Viterbi alumni travel to rural Rwanda to install a water purifying system for cleaner water and healthier communities.
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PBS NewsHour: Ten Years After the Indian Ocean Tsunami
January 05, 2015
Costas Synolakis remembers the fallout from one of history's most devastating tsunamis
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Wave of the Future
January 05, 2015
Patrick Lynett’s research on wave buoys could make wave energy competitive with other alternative energy sources
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Professor Sioutas awarded prestigious Sinclair Award
December 18, 2014
Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Constantinos Sioutas rewarded for his research in aerosol science.
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TakePart: Offshore Islands Do Not Reduce Tsunami Effects
November 18, 2014
Research by Costas Synolakis and Jose Borrero debunks myth that islands mitigate tsunami effects for mainland
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Herald Media: Dangers of E-Cigarettes
November 17, 2014
Research by Constantinos Sioutas shows that e-cigarettes present health risks
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LA Times: 40% of LA's Water Pipes Receive Low Rating
November 12, 2014
Lucio Soibelman comments on the state of LA's water infrastructure
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Offshore Islands Do Not Protect Mainland from Tsunamis
November 11, 2014
Costas Synolakis explains the significance of offshore islands in tsunamis
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KPCC: Los Angeles Considers Diagonal Crosswalks
November 07, 2014
Jim Moore comments on the pros and cons of diagonal crosswalks in LA
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GCN: Southern California Roofs Impact Heat
October 15, 2014
George Ban-Weiss comments on using big data to determine if roofs contribute to warming
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KPCC: Is Your Roof Making LA Hotter?
September 30, 2014
George Ban-Weiss comments on a tool that lets SoCal residents check if they're adding to LA's heat
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LA Business Journal: Former Port of LA Chief Joins USC
September 10, 2014
Geraldine Knatz joins USC Viterbi and USC Price faculty
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Philly.com: Comparing E-Cigs and Traditional Cigarettes
September 10, 2014
Constantinos Sioutas and Arian Saffari discuss e-cigarette emissions
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Study Shows That E-Cigarette Smoke Contains Harmful Heavy Metals
September 09, 2014
Constantinos Sioutas conducts research on e-cigarette emissions
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E-Cigs Emit Higher Levels of Chromium and Nickel Than Traditional Cigarettes
September 04, 2014
Constantinos Sioutas and team find e-cig second-hand smoke contains increased levels of toxic metals
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Science World Report: Toxicity in E-Cigarettes
September 03, 2014
Constantinos Sioutas finds heavy metals in e-cigarette smoke
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The Japan Times: Unsung Heroes of Fukushima
August 28, 2014
Najmedin Meshkati recognizes the unsung heroes of Fukushima
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Daily Breeze: Geraldine Knatz Appointed USC Professor
August 21, 2014
Geraldine Knatz, former Executive Director of the Port of LA, is now a USC professor
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3 USC Viterbi Faculty Make MIT Technology Review's Innovators Under 35 List
August 19, 2014
George Ban-Weiss, Megan McCain and Maryam Shanechi are recognized on MIT Technology Review’s Annual Innovators Under 35 list
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Music Man
August 19, 2014
Top 35 Global Innovator: George Ban-Weiss taps his creativity to distinguish himself academically and musically.
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Bloomberg: Flood Control in Tokyo
August 15, 2014
Patrick Lynett comments on the flood control system in Tokyo's subways
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Geraldine Knatz Joins USC Price and USC Viterbi
August 15, 2014
Port of LA's former Executive Director is appointed Professor of the Practice of Policy and Engineering
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Fire Engineering: Plan for the Unthinkable
August 01, 2014
Najmedin Meshkati comments on the need to plan ahead for disasters
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KPCC: Closing Pipelines to Stop the UCLA Flood
July 31, 2014
Lucio Soibelman comments on the pipeline closure after the UCLA main break
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Smarter Stop Lights
June 27, 2014
Starting with the streets, Ketan Savla wants to make entire cities smarter
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NYT: Big Car Companies and Safety Failures
June 09, 2014
Najmedin Meshkati comments on safety culture in big car manufacturers
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From Kabul, With Love
May 28, 2014
USC Viterbi Alumnus Col. Michael Price leads efforts to build a better Afghanistan
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Hürriyet Daily News: Better Safety After Soma
May 27, 2014
Najmedin Meshkati calls for independent accident investigation commissions in Turkey following the Soma mining accident
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12th Century Hoods and a 21st Century Education
May 16, 2014
2014 Ph.D. Hooding and Awards Ceremony honors USC Viterbi’s newest Ph.D.s, best in doctoral research
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Hello, Goodbye
May 16, 2014
At the USC Viterbi undergraduate commencement, students said hello to the future and goodbye to their undergraduate school days.
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Masters of the Universe
May 16, 2014
At the USC Viterbi master’s graduation ceremony, students look to the future
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2014 USC Viterbi Undergraduate Awards
May 15, 2014
Students are recognized and celebrated for their academic, leadership and service achievements
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Costas Synolakis Receives Sergey Soloviev Medal
May 06, 2014
The European Geosciences Union awards Costas Synolakis the 2014 Sergey Soloviev Medal
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5 USC Viterbi Junior Faculty Win the Prestigious NSF Career Award
April 23, 2014
2014 is the largest class yet of National Science Foundation CAREER award winners in recent school history
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Al Jazeera America: BP Spill Could Happen Again
April 21, 2014
Najmedin Meshkati says the BP spill was just a "wake-up call"
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