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Viterbi Newswire 7/11/07

THE VITERBI NEWSWIRE – JULY 11, 2007

ANDREW VITERBI HONORED BY THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF EDINBURGH
The much-honored USC electrical engineering alumnus is the inaugural co-winner of the James Clerk Maxwell award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the Royal Society of Edinburgh.
http://viterbi.usc.edu/news/news/2007/another-world-class.htm

ULTRASONIC IMAGING EXPERT WINS COULTER FOUNDATION EARLY CAREER AWARD
Jesse Yen, an assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, is developing novel ultrasound transducers that can image tissue in three dimensions and provide more than four times the resolution of two-dimensional imaging.
http://viterbi.usc.edu/news/news/2007/ultrasonic-imaging-expert.htm

MING HSIEH DEPARTMENT RESEARCHER NAMED JACK MUNUSHIAN PROFESSOR
Chongwu Zhou, a nanotechnology specialist who has attracted international attention for his work in creating nanowires and nanotubes, has been named the first holder of a new chair honoring highly accomplished young engineers.
http://viterbi.usc.edu/news/news/2007/viterbi-school-nanotechnologist.htm

NANOTECHNOLOGIST CHONGWU ZHOU AND TEAM CREATE TRANSPARENT NANO CIRCUITS
Chongwu Zhou and colleagues at Purdue and Northwestern universities are using nanotechnology to create high-performance transparent transistors and circuits with a wide range of applications in windshields, eyeglasses, microprocessors, “smart” credit cards and reflective displays.
http://viterbi.usc.edu/news/news/2007/viterbi-nanotechnologist-creates.htm

ROBOT DOGS LEARN NEW TRICKS OVER RUGGED TERRAIN
The Viterbi School’s Stefan Schaal is teaching his robot dogs how to clamber over treacherous rocky terrain, which enables him to build smarter, faster and more agile models, while advancing the field of robotics and automation.
http://viterbi.usc.edu/news/news/2007/viterbi-computer-scientist.htm

AI’s NEWEST COMPUTING TOOL: PEOPLE
Viterbi computer scientist Kristina Lerman mines the blogs and wikis for classifications and tags.
http://viterbi.usc.edu/news/news/2007/the-newest-ai.htm

TOYOTA FOUNDATION FUNDS TEEN ENGINEERING PROGRAM
The automaker has partnered with the Viterbi School to launch a new high school mentoring program for educationally disadvantaged but promising minority students.
http://viterbi.usc.edu/news/news/2007/toyota-backs-new.htm

GOVINDAN APPOINTED INTERIM CHAIR OF COMPUTER SCIENCE DEPARTMENT
Professor Ramesh Govindan will assume the chairmanship of the Viterbi School Department of Computer Science on an interim basis, effective July 1, Dean Yannis Yortsos has announced.
http://viterbi.usc.edu/news/news/2007/govindan-assumes-cs.htm

DANIEL ERWIN NAMED CHAIR OF ASTRONAUTICS AND SPACE TECHNOLOGY DIVISION
Astronautics professor Dan Erwin succeeds professor Mike Gruntman, who has served as division chair since 2004.
http://viterbi.usc.edu/news/news/2007/erwin-named-new.htm

FIRST MING HSIEH SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS NAMED
A pair of promising engineering students from China will begin classes at the USC Viterbi School this fall as the first Ming Hsieh scholars.
http://viterbi.usc.edu/news/news/2007/first-hseih-scholarship.htm