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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. 

2008 VITERBI SCHOOL FACULTY AND STAFF AWARDS 
Dean Yortsos delivers his annual State of the School speech and recognizes outstanding faculty and staff. 

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. 

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. 

$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. 

VITERBI ALUMNUS NAMED PRESIDENT OF MAJOR KOREAN UNIVERSITY 
Sung Woo Lee (PHDCE’87) becomes the ninth president of Kookmin University in Seoul. 

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. 

CALTECH PRESIDENT ADDRESSES GREEN CAMPUS INITIATIVES
Jean-Lou Chameau, a noted civil engineer, gives the inaugural Albert Dorman Lecture. 

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. 

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 

FUZZY LOGICIAN WINS EXCELLENCE AWARD
Bart Kosko, professor in the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering, is recognized by the USC Faculty Senate. 

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. 

COMPUTER SCIENTISTS WIN BEST PAPER AWARD
Department chair Ramesh Govindan and doctoral student take top honors at a top-tier IEEE conference. 

SIX VITERBI FACULTY WIN MENTORING AWARDS 
The USC-Mellon Mentoring Awards demonstrate a growing university-wide culture of mentoring. 

CATCHING WAVES WITH SMART SURFBOARDS
Using the new Fab Lab, Viterbi undergrads inject some high tech into surfing 

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. 

A CLOSER LOOK AT RUNWAY INCURSIONS
A top ISE student wins a research grant to study runway safety. 

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. 

DRUG DELIVERY USING MINI-ORIGAMI
Researchers from the Viterbi School’s Information Sciences Institute show how to manufacture submicroscopic fold-up containers. 

NEW DIRECTIONS IN NUCLEAR ENERGY
Faculty and students meet with Nuclear Regulatory Commission official to examine changing priorities in global energy demand. 

GEORGE CHILINGAR HONORED AGAIN
The emeritus professor is named an honorary professor of the Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas in Moscow.