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Events for March 17, 2014

  • Meet USC: Admission Presentation, Campus Tour, & Engineering Talk

    Mon, Mar 17, 2014

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Receptions & Special Events


    This half day program is designed for prospective freshmen and family members. Meet USC includes an information session on the University and the Admission process; a student led walking tour of campus and a meeting with us in the Viterbi School. Meet USC is designed to answer all of your questions about USC, the application process and financial aid. Reservations are required for Meet USC. This program occurs twice, once at 8:30 a.m. and again at 12:30 p.m. Please visit https://esdweb.esd.usc.edu/unresrsvp/MeetUSC.aspx to check availability and make an appointment. Be sure to list an Engineering major as your "intended major" on the webform!

    Location: Ronald Tutor Campus Center (TCC) - USC Admission Office

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Viterbi Admission

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  • Repeating EventSeminars in Biomedical Engineering

    Mon, Mar 17, 2014 @ 12:30 PM - 01:50 PM

    Biomedical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Host: David D'Argenio

    Location: Olin Hall of Engineering (OHE) - 132

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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    Posted By: Mischalgrace Diasanta

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  • Astani CEE Ph.D. Seminar

    Mon, Mar 17, 2014 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Mohammad Javad Abdolhosseini Qomi, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Talk Title: A Multi-scale Approach to Sustainable infrastructure

    Abstract: The fledgling state of civil infrastructure can be observed in many fronts including performance, longevity, durability, resilience, and sustainability. We produce 40% of global annual CO2 emissions in buildings, about half of which is related to space heating and cooling, and still about 1 billion people live in slums. Production of concrete, the most used man-made materials on earth with 1 cubic meter per capita per annum, is responsible for 5 to 8% of global carbon emissions; and yet it suffers from excessive aging and low durability.

    Standing on the intersection of engineering and physics, I use tools from statistical physics and probabilistic mechanics to study problems ranging from the molecular structure of cement paste to retrofitability of cities. At the atomic level, I discuss the interplay between chemistry and physical properties by generating a realistic database of C-S-H (the glue of concrete) molecular structures. By screening the database against Maxwell and Lagrange constraint theory, I comment on the similarity between glass physics and cement science that provides a new venue for design of cementitious materials starting from nan-scale. At the city-scale, I explain a new Big Data approach designed to find the optimal path to reduce energy consumptions. To this end, I combine data analysis and heat transfer modeling to identify buildings with the highest energy saving potentials. Overall, I present a multi-scale mechanophysical approach toward sustainable infrastructure and discuss how this defines the outline of my future research directions. "


    Biography: Mr. Abdolhosseini is a PhD-candidate in the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He did his undergraduate studies in Civil engineering at Tehran University and earned master degree in structural engineering from Sharif University of Technology. He is the recipient of MIT’s Schoettler scholarship and Tavakkoli prize for distinguished research. His focus is on quantitative sustainability of complex materials and systems at nano- and mega-scale.

    Host: Astani CEE Department

    Location: Kaprielian Hall (KAP) - 209

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Cassie Cremeans

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