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Events for November 07, 2013

  • Six Sigma Black Belt

    Thu, Nov 07, 2013 @ 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM

    Professional Programs

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: TBA,

    Talk Title: Six Sigma Black Belt

    Abstract: Course Overview

    This course teaches you the advanced problem-solving skills you'll need in order to measure a process, analyze the results, develop process improvements and quantify the resulting savings. Project assignments between sessions require you to apply what you�ve learned. This course is presented in the classroom in three five-day sessions over a three-month period.

    Learn the advanced problem-solving skills you need to implement the principles, practices and techniques of Six Sigma to maximize performance and cost reductions in your organization. During this three-week practitioner course, you will learn how to measure a process, analyze the results, develop process improvements and quantify the resulting savings. You will be required to complete a project demonstrating mastery of appropriate analytical methods and pass an examination to earn IIE�s Six Sigma Black Belt Certificate.This practitioner course for Six Sigma implementation provides extensive coverage of the Six Sigma process as well as intensive exposure to the key analytical tools associated with Six Sigma, including project management, team skills, cost analysis, FMEA, basic statistics, inferential statistics, sampling, goodness of fit testing, regression and correlation analysis, reliability, design of experiments, statistical process control, measurement systems analysis and simulation. Computer applications are emphasized.


    NOTE: Participants must bring a laptop computer running Microsoft Office� to the seminar.

    Course Topics

    * Business process management
    * Computer applications
    * Design of experiments (DOE)
    * Design for Six Sigma (DFSS)
    * DMAIIC
    * Enterprisewide deployment
    * Lean enterprise
    * Project management
    * Regression and correlation modeling
    * Statistical methods and sampling
    * Statistical process control
    * Team processes

    Benefits

    Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

    * Analyze process data using comprehensive statistical methods
    * Control the process to assure that improvements are used and the benefits verified
    * Define an opportunity for improving customer satisfaction
    * Implement the recommended improvements
    * Improve existing processes by reducing variation
    * Measure process characteristics that are critical to quality

    Who Should Attend

    * VPs, COOs, CEOs
    * Employees new to a managerial position
    * Employees preparing to make the transition to managerial roles
    * Current managers wanting to hone leadership skills
    * Anyone interested in implementing Lean or Six Sigma in their organization

    Program Fees

    On-Campus Participants: $7,245
    Includes continental breakfasts, lunch and all course materials. The fee does not include hotel accommodations or transportation.

    Online Participant with Live Session Interactivity: $7,245

    Includes attendee access codes for live call-in or chat capabilities during class sessions. Also includes all course and lecture materials available for live stream or download.



    Reduced Pricing:

    Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE): Reduced pricing is available for members of IIE. Please contact professional@gapp.usc.edu for further information.

    Trojan Family: USC alumni, current students, faculty, and staff receive 10% reduced pricing on registration.

    Boeing: Boeing employees receive 20% off registration fees (please use Boeing email address when registering).

    Location
    Two course delivery options are available for participants, on-campus and online with interactivity:

    On-Campus Course is held in state-of-the-art facilities on the University of Southern California campus, located in downtown Los Angeles. Participants attending on-campus will have the option to commute to the course or stay at one of the many hotels located in the area. For travel information, please visit our Travel section.

    Overview of on-campus option:

    * The ability to interact with faculty and peers in-person.
    * Access to hard copy course materials.
    * Ability to logon and view archived course information - up to 7 days after the course has been offered. This includes course documents and streaming video of the lectures.
    * If there is a conflict during any on-campus course dates, on-campus participants can elect to be an online/interactive student.
    * Parking, refreshments and lunch are provided for on-campus participants � unless otherwise specified.

    Online (Interactivity) Course delivery is completely online and real-time, enabling interaction with the instructor and fellow participants. Participants have the flexibility of completing the course from a distance utilizing USC's Distance Education Network technology. Students are required to be online for the entirety of each day's session.

    Overview of online (interactive):

    * Virtually participate in the course live � with the ability to either ask questions or chat questions to the entire class.
    * WebEx technologies provide the option to call into the class and view the entire lecture/materials on a personal computer, or to participate on a computer without having to utilize a phone line.
    * Ability to logon and view archived course information up to 7 days after the course has been offered. This includes course documents and streaming video of the lectures.

    Continuing Education Units
    CEUs: 10.5 (CEUs provided by request only)


    USC Viterbi School of Engineering Certificate of Participation is awarded to all participants upon successful completion of course.

    Upon completion, participants will also receive their Institute of Industrial Engineers certification in SIx Sigma Black Belt.

    Host: Corporate and Professional Programs

    More Info: http://gapp.usc.edu/professional-programs/short-courses/industrial%26systems/six-sigma-black-belt

    Audiences: Registered Attendees

    Posted By: Viterbi Professional Programs

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  • Oil and Gas Industry Primer

    Thu, Nov 07, 2013 @ 12:00 PM - 01:30 PM

    Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Jim Crompton, Former Manager of Upstream Architecture in the Chevron Global Upstream IT organization

    Talk Title: Oil and Gas Industry Primer

    Abstract: There are a lot of misperceptions about the oil & gas industry and the industry itself has not always done a good job in explaining its role. Many people believe that Big Oil is the root of many of our society’s problems while others have spent their entire careers working for great companies making a difference in the energy supply that our economy demands. The truth is probably somewhere in between. Come decide for yourself. Questions and discussion are welcome. This is not a recruiting talk but an industry overview.

    Biography: Jim Crompton, now a contractor for USC, held the position of Manager of Upstream Architecture in the Chevron Global Upstream IT organization until Spring 2013. He earned a BS in Geophysical Eng., MS in Geophysics from the Colorado School of Mines and an MBA from Our Lady of the Lake University. In 1993, as IT Manager for the Gulf of Mexico Business Unit, Crompton led one of the first desktop PC standardization projects in Chevron. In 1997, Jim was names the Principal Technical Advisor for IT, where he was responsible assessment of emerging technology and strategic planning for the IT function. He served as chair of the API general committee for electronic commerce ( PIDX) and was able to influence the direction of the standards setting activities towards emerging technologies, such as XML, and new electronic business models in the industry. Jim participated in the IT merger integration study team in 2001 as part of the Chevron & Texaco merger which developed the IT organization structure and IT strategic direction for the corporation, where he received a President's Award for this activity. In 2002, Jim was selected to be a Chevron Fellow. Jim also worked on Chevron’s i-field program in the area of emerging solutions.

    Host: CiSoft

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 324

    Audiences: Please RSVP: legat@usc.edu

    Posted By: Juli Legat

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  • Lyman L. Handy Colloqium: Biobased Materials and Bioenergy Co-Products

    Thu, Nov 07, 2013 @ 12:45 PM - 01:50 PM

    Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Susan Sun,

    Talk Title: Biobased Materials and Bioenergy Co-Products

    Series: Lyman L. Handy Colloquia

    Abstract: The environment impact of persistent petroleum footprints is of growing global
    concerns. Global climate change is obvious because of carbon dioxide release from burning fossil fuels. There is an urgent task to research and engineer alternatives out of renewable biobased materials, including bioenergy co-products. This seminar will focus on new technologies of biobased chemicals and polymers from plant and grain molecules (i.e., protein, oil, sugar). Examples will be given to show how these biobased molecules can be converted into polymers with desirable functional properties that can be used for industry applications, particularly for adhesives and resins.

    Biography: The environment impact of persistent petroleum footprints is of growing global
    concerns. Global climate change is obvious because of carbon dioxide release from burning fossil fuels. There is an urgent task to research and engineer alternatives out of renewable biobased materials, including bioenergy co-products. This seminar will focus on new technologies of biobased chemicals and polymers from plant and grain molecules (i.e., protein, oil, sugar). Examples will be given to show how these biobased molecules can be converted into polymers with desirable functional properties that can be used for industry applications, particularly for adhesives and resins.

    Host: Prof. Shing

    More Information: Sun abstract.pdf

    Location: James H. Zumberge Hall Of Science (ZHS) - 159

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Ryan Choi

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  • Learning and Coordination In Social Networks

    Thu, Nov 07, 2013 @ 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Ali Jadbabaie, University of Pennsylvania

    Talk Title: Learning and Coordination In Social Networks

    Abstract: In the first part of this talk we examine how the structure of a social network and the quality of information available to different agents affects social learning and information aggregation. To this end, we study a variant of the seminal model of DeGroot, according to which agents linearly combine their personal experiences with the views of their neighbors. We show that the rate of learning has a simple analytical characterization in terms of the relative entropy of agents' signal structures and their eigenvector centralities. Our characterization establishes that the way information is dispersed throughout the social network has non-trivial implications for the rate of learning. In particular, we show that when the informativeness of different agents' signal structures are comparable, positive assortative matching of signal qualities and agent centralities maximizes the rate of learning. On the other hand, if information structures are such that each individual possesses some information crucial for learning, and the information endowments are not comparable, then the rate of learning is higher when agents with the best signals are located at the periphery of the network. Finally, we show that the extent of asymmetry in the structure of the social network plays a key role in the long-run dynamics of the beliefs.

    In the second part, we introduce and analyze a novel model of opinion formation according to which agents not only seek to discover the truth but also have the tendency to act in conformity with the rest of the population. Such preferences for conformity are relevant in scenarios ranging from participation in popular movements to trading in stock market. We argue that agents who value conformity do not necessarily fully aggregate the dispersed information; nonetheless, we prove that examples of the failure of information aggregation are rare in a precise sense.


    Biography: Ali Jadbabaie received his BS degree with High honors in Electrical Engineering (with a focus on Control Systems) from Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, in 1995. After a year of working as a control engineer, he moved to the US where he received a Masters degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque in 1997 and his Ph.D. degree in Control and Dynamical Systems from California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in 2001. From July 2001-July 2002 he was a postdoctoral scholar at the department of Electrical Engineering at Yale University. Since July 2002 he has been at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, where he is currently The Alfred Fitler Moore Professor of Network Science in the department of Electrical and Systems Engineering with secondary appointments in departments of Computer & Information Sciences and Operations and Information Management (in the Wharton School of Management). He is a member of GRASP Laboratory and the director of the Raj and Neera Singh Program in Networked and Social Systems at Penn Engineering, a new interdisciplinary undergraduate degree program at Penn that blends Network Science, Operations Research, Economics, and Computer Science with Information and Decision Systems. He is a recipient of an NSF Career award, a Young Investigator award from the Office of Naval Research, the O. Hugo Schuck Best Paper award of the American Automatic Control Council, and the George S. Axelby Outstanding Paper Award of the IEEE Control Systems Society. His students have won best paper awards at the American Control Conference (ACC) and been award finalists at 3 IEEE CDC and ACC conferences. His research is broadly at the interface of systems and control theory with optimization and network science with focus on analysis, design and optimization of networked dynamical systems in a variety of applications including sensor networks, multi-robot formation control, opinion aggregation, and strategic interaction in social networks.

    Host: Urbashi Mitra, ubli@usc.edu, EEB 536, x04667

    Location: Hughes Aircraft Electrical Engineering Center (EEB) - 248

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Gerrielyn Ramos

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  • EE Distinguished Lecturer Series

    Thu, Nov 07, 2013 @ 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Luiz Barroso, Google Inc.

    Abstract: As the field of warehouse-scale computing matures we continue to find new and interesting problems to solve. Some of the most interesting problems are the ones that are trivial to explain once identified, and yet remain very hard to solve. I’ll present three examples of such problems drawn from our experience building and operating large computing systems at Google.

    Biography: Luiz Barroso is a Google Fellow, with technical interests that range from distributed systems software to the design of Google’s computing platform. While at Google he has co-authored some well-cited articles on warehouse-scale computing, energy proportionality and storage system reliability. He also co-wrote
    The Datacenter as a Computer, the first textbook to describe the architecture of warehouse-scale computing systems, now in its 2nd edition.

    Previously he was a member of the research staff at Digital Equipment Corporation and Compaq, where the group did some of the pioneering research on modern multi-core architectures. Some of those multi-core processors also use variants of the ring-based cache-coherency interconnects that were the subject of his doctoral research. As a graduate student he was one of the designers of the USC RPM, an early FPGA-based emulator for multiprocessor memory systems.

    Barroso is a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He was the program chair of ACM ISCA’09, a keynote speaker at FCRC’11, SIGMOD’10, ASPLOS’09, and a National Academy of Engineering Gilbreth Lectureship awardee in 2012. He is currently serving at the National Academies’ Computer Science and Telecommunications Board and has been a guest lecturer at Stanford and PUC-Rio, Brazil.

    He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Pontifícia Universidade Católica of Rio de Janeiro, and a Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from the University of Southern California.

    Host: Dr. Michel Dubois

    More Info: http://ee.usc.edu/news/dls/
    Webcast: http://geromedia.usc.edu/Gerontology/Play/ef2f45debf48420d8ba985d18adfbf0f1

    More Information: 20131107 Barroso Print.pdf

    Location: Ethel Percy Andrus Gerontology Center (GER) - Auditorium (GER 124)

    WebCast Link: http://geromedia.usc.edu/Gerontology/Play/ef2f45debf48420d8ba985d18adfbf0f1d

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Estela Lopez

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  • VARC Workshop - Stress Management

    Thu, Nov 07, 2013 @ 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Affairs

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Feeling a little overwhelmed with everything going on your life? Come to this workshop to learn some tips to help you keep your stress level down.

    RSVP online now!

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 222

    Audiences: Undergrad

    Posted By: Viterbi Academic Resource Center

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  • Application Process Review for Health Professional Schools (not by ASBME)

    Thu, Nov 07, 2013 @ 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Organizations

    Student Activity


    Juniors! Senior! Are you ready to apply for health professional schools? Come to this workshop for better understanding of the application process and more!

    Location: Thomas & Dorothy Leavey Library (LVL) - Leavey Auditorium

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Associated Students of Biomedical Engineering

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  • McCarthy Information Session

    Thu, Nov 07, 2013 @ 06:30 PM - 08:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Organizations

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Information sessions are an opportunity for students to get an idea of what a construction company does in the industry. Employees from McCarthy will be coming to present and give you a better understanding of their company. These sessions give a chance for students of all majors to get an in depth understanding of the company. Students will also have a chance to meet and greet the company's recruiters throughout the evening.

    Location: Von Kleinsmid Center For International & Public Affairs (VKC) - 155

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: USC CMAA

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  • ASBME GM 8: M&M: Abbott Info Session

    Thu, Nov 07, 2013 @ 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Organizations

    Student Activity


    Ready to boost your confidence for the spring recruiting season? Abbott’s Process Optimization Manager Manisha Khatri will be leading a presentation on networking etiquette and interview preparedness. Come learn about the Abbott culture and how to improve your professional aura. The food at this meeting will be build your own tacos!

    Location: Von Kleinsmid Center For International & Public Affairs (VKC) - 203

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Associated Students of Biomedical Engineering

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