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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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CBS LA: Public Transportation Improving Traffic
April 21, 2014
Jim Moore discusses how public transportation influences traffic
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Coloradoan: Timeline for New Colorado State University Stadium
April 14, 2014
Henry Koffman comments on the timeline to build a new stadium
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KPCC: Underwater Landslides Can Trigger Tsunamis
April 07, 2014
Patrick Lynett discusses the causes of different types of tsunamis
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The Washington Post: Chilean Earthquake Damage
April 07, 2014
Costas Synolakis discusses the effects of the earthquake in Chile
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Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists: Japan and its Nuclear Power Plants
March 31, 2014
Airi Ryu and Najmedin Meshkati discuss the status of Japan's nuclear plants
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Santa Monica Patch: Experts Speak For Tsunami Preparedness
March 31, 2014
Patrick Lynett discusses the importance of preparing for tsunamis
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Alumnus Albert Dorman Establishes Endowment
March 12, 2014
New endowment will fund trips to Washington, D.C. and Sacramento for USC Viterbi Ph.D. students and junior faculty members to meet with policymakers.
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ABC Science: Earthquake Liquefaction Model Reworked
March 10, 2014
PhD student Daniel Lakeland's new model clarifies earthquake liquefaction
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“The wars of the future will be fought over water
March 07, 2014
Kelly Sanders, a new assistant professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering, came to Los Angeles because she shouldn’t be able to.
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iPodia Goes Latin
March 05, 2014
A new iPodia course connects USC Viterbi and University of São Paulo engineering students to enhance learning and create a classroom without borders.
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2014 OCEC Banquet Recognizes Best of Engineering In Southern California
March 04, 2014
USC Viterbi professor wins top honor For iPodia initiative, long-term contributions to profession
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European Commission News: Greek Economic Crisis Harming Air Quality
March 03, 2014
Constantinos Sioutas and team find link between economic hardship and pollution in Greece
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US News & World Report: Profitable (But Overlooked) Engineering Fields
February 26, 2014
Jim Moore comments on the demand for nuclear engineering professionals
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Honoring new NAE members Iraj Ershaghi and Geraldine Knatz
February 24, 2014
New academy members receive engineering's highest honors
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Everything Will Be Alright: The Future of 3D Printing
February 20, 2014
Behrokh Khoshnevis discusses his philosophy of technology and the future of humanity
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Water Wonder Woman
February 03, 2014
Amy Childress has developed an innovative and sustainable approach to water problems in Southern California. Her work also has global implications.
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The Connection Between Unemployment and Pollution in Greece
January 29, 2014
Constantinos Sioutas finds that financial crisis leads to more pollution
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3D-Printing a Building in 24 Hours
January 24, 2014
USC Viterbi Professor Behrokh Khoshnevis is developing the technology to auto-build full-scale civil structures
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Engineering News-Record: Construction Leaders Excited About 3D Printing
January 22, 2014
3D printers like the Contour Crafting machine are the future of construction
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LA Times: Crude Oil Train Explosion Prompts Examination
January 21, 2014
Najmedin Meshkati comments on the need for public policy reviews following accidents
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MLK Day: Volunteering for Diversity
January 15, 2014
USC Viterbi student tutors disadvantaged youth in STEM
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Burcin Becerik-Gerber Receives NSF Career Award
January 14, 2014
National Science Foundation awards Becerik-Gerber a Faculty Career Development grant
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Greek Economic Crisis Increases Air Pollution
December 20, 2013
Levels of dangerous air particulates jump 30% due to burning cheaper fuel sources
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CNN: Investigating Asiana 214
December 16, 2013
Najmedin Meshkati comments the role culture may have played in the crash
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Futurescape: Construction on Mars
December 16, 2013
Behrokh Khoshnevis explains how we could 3D-print buildings on other planets
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LA Times Opinion: Challenge to CA's High-Speed Rail Plan
December 02, 2013
James Moore comments on legal ruling regarding High-Speed Rail Authority
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LA Times: Freeway to Green Space?
November 26, 2013
James Moore comments on the fate of the Terminal Island Freeway
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WSJ: Better Preparation Can Prevent Typhoon Deaths
November 14, 2013
Costas Synolakis calls for more preparedness in coastal communities
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FOX 11: US Carpooling Slumps
November 13, 2013
James Moore comments on the decline of carpooling
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Makedonia: Wood Smoke Spikes Toxic Microparticles in Thessaloniki
November 12, 2013
Constantinos Sioutas and team find that Greek financial crisis affects air quality
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Computerworld Reports on the Future of Construction Using 3D Printing
September 20, 2013
Behrokh Khoshnevis is developing 3D printing technology to construct buildings
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Learning by Salvaging
September 18, 2013
USC Viterbi graduate student Roland De Marco helps with the Costa Concordia salvage operation in Italy
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USC Expert quoted in Vanity Fair
July 22, 2013
Costas Synolakis comments on erosion of Malibu's Broad Beach
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Catch A Wave
July 19, 2013
Tsunami Expert Patrick Lynett Travels the Globe to Better Understand and Protect Against Waves of Destruction.
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Professor Behrokh Khoshnevis Invited to Participate in NASA’s Technology Day on the Hill
July 17, 2013
USC Viterbi professor Behrokh Khoshnevis will present his NASA-funded Contour Crafting research to Congress and top NASA officials at NASA's annual Technology Day at the U.S. Capital.
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Green Technology in Paradise
July 10, 2013
USC Viterbi students assist the sustainability project on Lanai
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Burcin Becerik-Gerber Selected to Participate in NAE's 2013 U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium
July 09, 2013
The symposium will cover cutting-edge developments in four areas: Designing and Analyzing Social Networks, Cognitive Manufacturing, Energy: Reducing our Dependence on Fossil Fuels, and Flexible Electronics
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The Economist Reports that Some Offshore Islands Can Make Tsunamis Worse
June 13, 2013
Costas Synolakis and team find that littoral islands can exacerbate tsunami effects
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KPCC Reports on the Closure of the San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant
June 12, 2013
Najmedin Meshkati comments on the waste to be stored at the plant after the closure
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Two USC Viterbi Experts Comment on Bridge Collapse in Washington
May 28, 2013
KCAL9 talks to Dr. Navid Nastar and Dr. James Moore about the I-5 bridge collapse
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USC Viterbi Expert on Possible Reasons for the I-5 Bridge Collapse
May 24, 2013
Dr. Navid Nastar speaks to KCAL9 about the bridge collapse in Washington State
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2013 Undergraduate Viterbi Awards
May 16, 2013
Students recognized for outstanding academic achievement, leadership and service
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Trying to Solve LA's Gridlock with Synchronized Traffic Lights
May 09, 2013
James Moore talks about the new system to synchronize LA's 4,300 traffic lights
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Breaking the Rules for How Tsunamis Work
March 13, 2013
A multinational research team finds that 'focusing' can lead to larger tsunamis than was thought possible.
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Water for the World
March 07, 2013
Massoud Pirbazari, a professor at the Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, works on a new project to help solve the water crisis
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President Obama Awards the National Medal of Science to a USC Viterbi School Legend
February 01, 2013
Communications pioneer and mathematical genius Solomon Golomb receives the nation’s top honor for scientists
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National Infrastructure Experts Study How to Master Disaster
January 30, 2013
Viterbi School's James Moore leads a coalition of organizations in accurately predicting the national economic consequences of major bridge failures
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ASEE Prism Asks,
January 23, 2013
Dean Yannis C. Yortsos Lends Expert Observations on U.S.'s "Reverse Brain Drain" Conundrum
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Spring 2013: Happy New Year
January 07, 2013
Happy New Year Message to the Viterbi family of students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends!
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Innovation: Where Engineering, Design and Business Meet
December 13, 2012
Two Viterbi alums an integral part of a new start-up
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Professor Costas Synolakis op-ed featured in the Wall Street Journal
October 25, 2012
After the Quake - Scapegoating the L'Aquila seismologists doesn't make anyone safer
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Alumnus Spotlight: Walter Babchuk's Long Road Home
October 18, 2012
WWII Veteran Walter Babchuk Discusses His Journey to USC and His Fateful Meeting With Professor David M. Wilson
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Technology Review Recognizes Burcin Becerik-Gerber as One of the World’s Top Young Innovators
August 21, 2012
An assistant professor in the Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Becerik-Gerber marks the sixth TR35 distinction for USC Viterbi in the last four years.
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USC-Headquartered Consortium to Research Energy Production  Seismic Hazards
July 27, 2012
The Viterbi School's Fred Aminzadeh will direct a wide ranging effort to answer the questions raised in a recent NRC report: “Induced Seismicity Potential in Energy Technologies"
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Najmedin Meshkati Talks to
July 06, 2012
The professor discusses recent safety lapses at the Center for Disease Control's bioterrorism laboratory.
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USC Viterbi Announces New Degree in Nuclear Engineering
June 26, 2012
New Master's Degree Program to focus on nuclear safety and security, launching online this fall
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Najm Meshkati Discusses Oil Drilling Safety in Major Turkish Newspaper
June 19, 2012
"The Government of Turkey should urgently update and strengthen its offshore oil drilling safety and environmental enforcement and oversight regulatory regimes."
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Najmedin Meshkati Raises Questions About Safety of New Expo Line
June 01, 2012
The Los Angeles Times talks to the USC Viterbi professor about the need for safety upgrades on the new Metro light-rail route.
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'The World is Yours,'  Grad Commencement Speaker Says. 'Go Get It!'
May 12, 2012
A rousing speech by alumnus Feng Deng galvanized graduate degree recipients gathered in Galen Hall
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Evaluating Metrolink’s Deployment of Positive Train Control
May 11, 2012
The USC Viterbi School of Engineering has been funded by the FTA to complete a research study of the implementation of Metrolink’s new Positive Train Control (PTC) system
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The Lau Sisters: Viterbi’s Own Trojan Family
May 10, 2012
Four Sisters share their Viterbi experience and where education at the school has led them
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Viterbi Students Honored With Order of the Torch
May 08, 2012
Two members of Viterbi’s senior class selected as members of the Order of the Torch, one of USC’s highest student accolades
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Viterbi-led Initiative in Game Theory and Human Behavior Crosses Multiple Disciplinary Lines
April 19, 2012
Computer Scientist Milind Tambe brought together more than 50 USC faculty to use fusions of mathematics, engineering and social science to solve complex and pressing problems. The group's first symposium took place Friday, April 20.
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Fabian Rojas Barrales Wins the University Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award
April 19, 2012
Sonny Astani Teaching Assistant Fabian Rojas Barrales won one of the three University Outstanding Teaching Assistant Awards at the University of Southern California’s 31st Annual Honors Convocation.
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NASA Discusses Contour Crafting and Lunar Settlement With Behrokh Khoshnevis
April 06, 2012
Supported by the NASA Office of the Chief Technologist's Innovative Advanced Concepts program, Khoshnevis proposes building lunar outposts by preplanting automated construction technology on the moon.
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USC Viterbi Co-Hosts Safety Workshop With Metrolink
March 22, 2012
The Los Angeles Times notes that the March 20 program "was the first of its kind to reach out to high-ranking officials who oversee public transit systems."
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KPCC Reports On USC Engineers' Work to Prepare California Ports for Future Tsunamis
March 21, 2012
The USC Tsunami Research Center will work with the state of California to better understand the 'phantom currents' generated by tsunamis.
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One year after the Japan tsunami, USC engineers help California's ports prepare
March 11, 2012
Patrick Lynett leads the new research, which will look at a tsunami's "phantom currents" that arrive late and can cause considerable damage
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New Scientist Reports on New Video Analysis of Japanese Tsunami
March 06, 2012
Costas Synolakis contends that there is valuable information to be gained from video records of the 2011 tsunami, especially in preparation for future disasters.
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2012 Dorman Lecture Explores 'The Hidden Costs of Energy'
February 20, 2012
For a blue ribbon audience, CMU President Jared Cohon explored the public expenses not paid for at the pump or on the power bill
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Lucio Soibelman Named Chair of USC Viterbi's Astani Department
January 16, 2012
Brazilian-born specialist comes to Viterbi by way of MIT and Carnegie Mellon
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Viterbi Students Honored by Transportation Planners
January 09, 2012
Undergrads Rosa Lau and Christine Mercado win scholarships from the L.A. chapter of WTS
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Report Calls for Safer Oil Drilling Systems, The New York Times Reports
December 16, 2011
Najmedin Meshkati served on the committee of National Academy of Engineering and National Research Council members who authored the report, analyzing the Deepwater Horizon blowout.
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KPCC Reports on Viterbi Professor's
December 06, 2011
Constantinos Sioutas discusses his team's work studying air quality around Da Vinci's masterpiece, aiding preservationists in reducing pollution's effect on the painting.
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New Sensors and Tools to Track the Multiple Personalities of Buildings
November 09, 2011
Burcin Becerik-Gerber of the Astani Department is probing the details of the "lives" of inhabited structures and hopes the results will lead to more than 20% savings in energy use
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Viterbi School Researcher Analyzes Breaths of (Not So) Fresh Air
November 01, 2011
Constantinos Sioutas learns that subway riders' air is worse than light rail riders', but automobile riders' air is worst
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Najmedin Meshkati Stresses Need for Monitoring and Reassessment of Aviation Technology and Training
October 27, 2011
In light of a recent interim report on causes of the fatal 2009, Air France Flight 477 crash, Najm Meshkati warns aviation against complacency in the midst of advances in the industry's technology.
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IIT Bombay Sends High Level Delegation to the Viterbi School
October 14, 2011
Expansion of the iPodia network to the subcontinent is on the agenda, as well as recruitment of USC engineering alumni as faculty
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September 22, 2011
Viterbi School faculty and staff filled Town and Gown to hear their dean share a stirring list of accomplishments and set a lofty goal
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John Slaughter Welcomes Latest Center for Engineering Diversity Summer Institute Students
August 23, 2011
When John Slaughter was a kid tinkering with electronics, he told 36 incoming Viterbi freshmen, "people who were black or brown didn’t think about being engineers"
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USC Viterbi School and Tsinghua University Hold Fifth Faculty Summit
July 29, 2011
Dean Yannis C. Yortsos led a USC Engineering delegation to THU's Beijing campus, where the topic was “Green and Smart for a Sustainable Future"
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Summer Brings Elite Interns from All Over the World to the Viterbi School
June 07, 2011
Senior Associate Dean Raghu Raghavendra: “The program exposes the labs, research and faculty of the Viterbi School to exceptional students"
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Viterbi School Commencement 2011
May 13, 2011
A magical day as degree candidates turn into engineers and brand new alumni.
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May 04, 2011
Mann Institute Director Jonathan Lasch worked with the X PRIZE Foundation's Gianelle Veis developing the course.
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Viterbi School Annual Awards Salute Staff and Faculty Excellence in Service and Research
April 30, 2011
Dragana Davidovic was first to be called to the podium, followed by Annie Yu, Andrea Armani, Ellis Meng, Hai Wang, Joe Qin, Angus McColl and Peter Beerel
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 James E. Moore Argues High Speed Passenger Rail Not for U.S.
April 27, 2011
“Railroads are a crucial component of the U.S. freight management and distribution system," writes the Epstein department former chair in a L.A. Times op-ed, "but we do not need and cannot afford a high-speed rail system for passengers.”
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The Viterbi School Lauded as the School with the Best Mentoring Culture at the USC Mellon Awards
April 25, 2011
The Viterbi School of Engineering was in the spotlight at the Mellon Mentoring Awards Ceremony, as five deans received the event’s top honor, and three professors won individual recognition
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Najmedin Meshkati Discusses Nuclear Safety Culture On Air and In Print
April 25, 2011
The USC Viterbi School safety expert expresses his opinions on the developing situation at the Fukushima facilities, on Chernobyl, and California nuclear power
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Six Viterbi Faculty Honored for Achievements and Service
April 22, 2011
Peers praise Murali Annavaram, Alexandros Dimakis, Martin Eskijian, Terence Langdon, Andreas Molisch and Cyrus Shahabi
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