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Viterbi Newswire 05/23/2008

THE VITERBI NEWSWIRE – May 23, 2008



COMMENCEMENT 2008
Parents, siblings, children and friends – some from across the globe – cheer 1,860 newly minted Viterbi School graduates. 
http://viterbi.usc.edu/news/news/2008/commencement-day-2008151126.htm

2008 VITERBI SCHOOL FACULTY AND STAFF AWARDS 
Dean Yortsos delivers his annual State of the School speech and recognizes outstanding faculty and staff. 
http://viterbi.usc.edu/news/news/2008/2008-viterbi-school.htm

USC VITERBI SCHOOL REACHES $300 MILLION FUNDRAISING GOAL AHEAD OF SCHEDULE 
School naming donation one of more than 10,000 gifts in 7-year effort. 
http://viterbi.usc.edu/news/news/2008/usc-viterbi-school151373.htm

VITERBI SCHOOL HONORS THE LEGENDARY SI RAMO
 The co-founder of TRW is among industry leaders honored at the Viterbi School’s 30th Annual Engineering Awards event. 
http://viterbi.usc.edu/news/news/2008/viterbi-school-honors.htm  

$4.3 MILLION PHOTONICS CONTRACT FOR PHOTONICS PROJECT 
Two much-honored faculty from the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering are slowing light to speed data in an effort to break an optical computing bottleneck. 
http://viterbi.usc.edu/news/news/2008/the-slow-light.htm

VITERBI ALUMNUS NAMED PRESIDENT OF MAJOR KOREAN UNIVERSITY 
Sung Woo Lee (PHDCE’87) becomes the ninth president of Kookmin University in Seoul. 
http://viterbi.usc.edu/news/news/2008/usc-viterbi-school.htm

VITERBI SCHOOL AND SEOUL NATIONAL UNIVERSITY SIGN MOU 
The two schools will begin collaborative programs in digital communications, image and video signal processing and other areas. 
http://viterbi.usc.edu/news/news/2008/viterbi-school-and.htm

CALTECH PRESIDENT ADDRESSES GREEN CAMPUS INITIATIVES
Jean-Lou Chameau, a noted civil engineer, gives the inaugural Albert Dorman Lecture. 
http://viterbi.usc.edu/news/news/2008/caltech-s-president.htm

AHMED M. ABDEL-GHAFFAR, 1947-2008
The faculty member from the Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering was internationally known developing high tech tools to monitor long-span flexible bridges. 
http://viterbi.usc.edu/news/news/2008/in-memoriam-ahmed.htm

COSTAS SYNOLAKIS PENS OP-ED ON CHINA QUAKE
 The Sonny Astani Department faculty member assesses China’s response to the 7.9 temblor in the Wall Street Journal 
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB121071633171089765.html

FUZZY LOGICIAN WINS EXCELLENCE AWARD
Bart Kosko, professor in the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering, is recognized by the USC Faculty Senate. 
http://viterbi.usc.edu/news/news/2008/fuzzy-logician-wins.htm

MICHAEL SAFONOV ELECTED IFAC FELLOW
The International Federation of Automatic Control cites the Ming Hsieh Department professor as a leader in the field of robust control. 
http://viterbi.usc.edu/news/news/2008/michael-safonov-elected.htm

COMPUTER SCIENTISTS WIN BEST PAPER AWARD
Department chair Ramesh Govindan and doctoral student take top honors at a top-tier IEEE conference. 
http://viterbi.usc.edu/news/news/2008/viterbi-school-computer.htm

SIX VITERBI FACULTY WIN MENTORING AWARDS 
The USC-Mellon Mentoring Awards demonstrate a growing university-wide culture of mentoring. 
http://viterbi.usc.edu/news/news/2008/six-viterbi-faculty.htm

CATCHING WAVES WITH SMART SURFBOARDS
Using the new Fab Lab, Viterbi undergrads inject some high tech into surfing 
http://viterbi.usc.edu/news/news/2008/viterbi-students-make.htm

GAMEPIPE LAB SHOWCASES STUDENT VIDEOGAMES FOR INDUSTRY
Demo Day features health games, phone games and fun games, not to mention an impolite pigeon flying over a picnic. 
http://viterbi.usc.edu/news/news/2008/game-demoday6-phone.htm

A CLOSER LOOK AT RUNWAY INCURSIONS
A top ISE student wins a research grant to study runway safety. 
http://viterbi.usc.edu/news/news/2008/a-closer-look.htm

STUDENTS WIN ROSE HILLS RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS
The students from the Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering win support for aviation and rail safety summer studies. 
http://viterbi.usc.edu/news/news/2008/two-ise-students.htm

DRUG DELIVERY USING MINI-ORIGAMI
Researchers from the Viterbi School’s Information Sciences Institute show how to manufacture submicroscopic fold-up containers. 
http://viterbi.usc.edu/news/news/2008/mini-origami-isi.htm

NEW DIRECTIONS IN NUCLEAR ENERGY
Faculty and students meet with Nuclear Regulatory Commission official to examine changing priorities in global energy demand. 
http://viterbi.usc.edu/news/news/2008/new-directions-in.htm

GEORGE CHILINGAR HONORED AGAIN
The emeritus professor is named an honorary professor of the Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas in Moscow. 
http://viterbi.usc.edu/news/news/2008/chilingar-named-honorary.htm