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Viterbi Newswire 12/06/07

The Viterbi Newswire - December 6, 2007

VISIONARY VITERBI ALUM’S HISTORIC NAMING GIFT
Sonny Astani (MSISE’78) helps position the Viterbi School’s Civil and Environmental Engineering department as a national leader with his record-setting naming gift. The department is the third named in as many years by the school. 
http://viterbi.usc.edu/news/news/2007/cee-announcement-main.htm

VITERBI STUDENT – AND VARSITY BASKETBALLER – EARNS RHODES SCHOLARSHIP
Viterbi senior and USC varsity basketball player Reed Doucette, who is doing undergraduate research on the efficiency of solar cells, will continue his studies at Oxford next year. 
http://viterbi.usc.edu/news/news/2007/viterbi-school-basketball.htm 

USC’S PRESIDENT AND PROVOST – BOTH VITERBI FACULTY MEMBERS – WIN IEEE NATIONAL AWARDS
Engineering society honors Steven B. Sample and C. L. Max Nikias for their exceptional leadership and contributions to electrical engineering. 
http://viterbi.usc.edu/news/news/2007/sample-and-nikias.htm

"$100 OIL MEANS IT'S TIME FOR THE SPUTNIK TREATMENT"
In a strongly worded Houston Chronicle opinion essay, Viterbi Dean Yannis C. Yortsos argues for a high priority national effort using America’s strongest resource – science and technology innovation – to meet the energy challenge. 
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/editorial/outlook/5322996.html

DEAN NAMES CHAIRHOLDERS FOR TWO NEW ENDOWED PROFESSORSHIPS
Viterbi School Dean Yannis Yortsos announced the first holders of two new endowed professorships: Joe Qin will hold the Fluor Professorship in Process Engineering and Don Zhang the Marshall Professorship in Engineering Technology. 
http://viterbi.usc.edu/news/news/2007/two-new-named.htm

HOSSEIN HASHEMI NAMED TO GORDON S. MARSHALL EARLY CAREER CHAIR
Dean Yannis Yortsos also announced the appointment of Hossein Hashemi (Electrical Engineering) to the Gordon S. Marshall Early Career Chair at the Viterbi School. The appointment is a reflection of Hashemi’s exceptional distinction and promise as a young member of the faculty. 
http://viterbi.usc.edu/news/news/2007/hashemi-named-to.htm

TWO VITERBI PROFESSORS ELECTED ACM FELLOWS
Viktor Prasanna (Electrical Engineering) and Ari Requicha (Computer Science) were named fellows by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the top professional society in computing. The Viterbi School was of only five schools worldwide with more than one elected. 
http://viterbi.usc.edu/news/news/2007/two-viterbi-computer.htm 

CMU ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE SAGE IS THIS YEAR’S BEKEY LECTURER
Raj Reddy, the Carnegie-Mellon professor who founded that school's well-known Robotics Institute, delivered the Viterbi School Computer Science department’s second annual keynote lecture to a rapt capacity crowd that included the lecture’s namesake, longtime Viterbi distinguished professor and robotics pioneer George Bekey. 
http://viterbi.usc.edu/news/news/2007/cmu-artificial-intelligence.htm

VITERBI BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT HOSTS FIRST GRODINS LECTURE
MIT bioengineering leader Douglas Lauffenburger, who was elected to the National Academy of Engineering for his many “contributions interfacing modern biology with engineering principles,” presented the department’s annual keynote lecture, named for its founding chair, Fred S. Grodins. 
http://viterbi.usc.edu/news/news/2007/biomedical-engineering-department.htm 

VITERBI-LED TEAM’S BATTLEFIELD SOFTWARE GETS HIGH MARKS FROM DARPA
A team of Information Sciences Institute researchers and their collaborators has created a software system to help combat commanders make correct decisions during complex, fast-changing operations. The system dramatically outperformed rivals in recent trials. 
http://viterbi.usc.edu/news/news/2007/software-advisors-help.htm

VITERBI FRESHMAN ACADEMY STUDENTS AT HOME IN A HOTBED OF RESEARCH
Dozens of Viterbi freshmen were excited about what they learned during a recent visit to the Viterbi School’s renowned Information Sciences Institute. 
http://viterbi.usc.edu/news/news/2007/freshman-academy-students.htm

IT’S “ANCHORS AWEIGH” AT THE VITERBI SCHOOL
ISE doctoral student and former Navy systems installer Yvette Torres, with a little help from her USC friends, charts a new career course in academia. 
http://viterbi.usc.edu/news/news/2007/oceans-away.htm

MR. AND MS. USC – MEET THEM AT VITERBI
For the first time ever, two Viterbi seniors, Reed Doucette and Althea Lyman, were selected “Mr. and Ms. USC” by the Order of the Torch, an exclusive USC student honors society. They were chosen based on their accomplishments and their service to the university, the community and their fellow USC students. 
http://viterbi.usc.edu/news/news/2007/meet-mr-and.htm