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Viterbi Newswire 7/06/06

THE VITERBI NEWSWIRE

JULY 6, 2006

 
LEADERSHIP CHANGES
Dean Yannis Yortsos announces changes to the leadership team of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering.

FACULTY NEWS

 
NAE SUPERSTAR JOINS VITERBI SCHOOL AS FIRST VARRA PROFESSOR
Internationally renowned Sanjit Mitra moves from UC-Santa Barbara to be the Stephen and Etta Varra Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering-Systems.
 
VITERBI FACULTY SHINE AT NATIONAL ENERGY SYMPOSIUM
T. C. Cheng, Iraj Ershaghi, Anupam Madhukar and Paul Ronney were all featured in the event also highlighted by KNBC-TV reporter Conan Nolan.

IRAJ ERSHAGHI HONORED BY PETROLEUM ENGINEERS
The highly respected USC Viterbi faculty member receives the Society of Petroleum Engineers Education Service Award.

RESEARCH NEWS


SHINING METAL WITH BACTERIA
Florian Mansfeld in the Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science finds that bacteria can protect some metals from corrosion.
 
IMSC RESEARCHERS USE ³IMMERSADATA² TO IMPROVE VIDEOGAMES
The new tool captures and analyzes play to detect weaknesses and flaws in games, something videogame companies traditionally hire teenagers to do.
 
GETTING THE GIST OF WEB GAB
A new system from the Viterbi School¹s Information Sciences Institute analyzes virtual discussions to identify the most influential participants.
 
PUTTING THE BRAKES ON LIGHT
In an era when everyone wants to go faster, Alan Willner¹s interdisciplinary team is slowing down laser data pulses to accommodate higher data rates.
 

STUDENT NEWS 

POSTCARDS FROM MADRID
USC Viterbi students are learning engineering while still finding time for ³futbol² and bull fights in this year¹s summer abroad program in Madrid.
 
TWO NEW INTERACTIVE GAMES DEGREES
The Viterbi School¹s Computer Science Department is now the first to offer both a BS in Games and an MS in Game Development.
 
26 MILES ACROSS THE SEA
MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement) program brings middle and high school students to USC¹s Wrigley Marine Science Center on Santa Catalina.
 
AN "INCREDIBLES" COASTER WINS DISNEY KUDOS
Mechanical engineering junior Marisa Purificato¹s design for a roller coaster based on ³The Incredibles² is a finalist Disney¹s Imagi-Nations Conference.
 
TO BOLDLY GO

After two semesters, two all-nighters and a 10-second countdown, Viterbi students launch their rocket.  Next stop: Space.

IN THE NEWS

 
Elaine Chew of the Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering is interviewed on Science and Society.

Maja Mataric¹s kinder gentler robots are the subject of an upcoming Trojan Family Magazine feature.
 
California Streamin¹-- IMSC and Stanford collaborate to perform an Internet musical duet.
 
ISI Fellow Kevin Knight is interviewed on Science and Society.
 
Wei-Min Shen¹s SuperBot is featured on Discovery News.