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Events for January 11, 2019

  • Repeating EventMeet USC: Admission Presentation, Campus Tour, and Engineering Talk

    Fri, Jan 11, 2019

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions


    This half day program is designed for prospective freshmen (HS juniors and younger) and family members. Meet USC includes an information session on the University and the Admission process, a student led walking tour of campus, and a meeting with us in the Viterbi School. During the engineering session we will discuss the curriculum, research opportunities, hands-on projects, entrepreneurial support programs, and other aspects of the engineering school. Meet USC is designed to answer all of your questions about USC, the application process, and financial aid.

    Reservations are required for Meet USC. This program occurs twice, once at 8:30 a.m. and again at 12:30 p.m.

    Please make sure to check availability and register online for the session you wish to attend. Also, remember to list an Engineering major as your "intended major" on the webform!

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    Location: Ronald Tutor Campus Center (TCC) - USC Admission Office

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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    Posted By: Viterbi Admission

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  • Transfer Day - Morning Session

    Fri, Jan 11, 2019 @ 09:00 AM - 01:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Receptions & Special Events


    TRANSFER DAY FEATURES: A presentation from Viterbi Admission, Campus Tours, Academic Department Visits, and more!

    If you have questions about engineering and the transfer process then Transfer Day is for you. Transfer Day is a half-day comprehensive program designed to give you the most in-depth look at the transfer process and academic life at USC. Specifically, the program includes presentations on the admission process, transfer credit policy, academics, financial aid. You will also have the opportunity to visit an academic department or take a campus tour. Reservations are required.

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Viterbi Admission

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  • PhD Defense

    Fri, Jan 11, 2019 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Yijia Ma , Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, University of Southern California

    Talk Title: Chemical Recycling of Amine/Epoxy Composites at Atmospheric Pressure

    Abstract: Because of the increasing demand for lightweight structures in aerospace, automotive, and wind energy industries, the global market size for carbon fiber polymer composites is anticipated to reach $ 35 billion by 2020. Carbon fibers from end-of-life composites retain properties nearly equivalent to virgin fibers, yet few are recovered and/or reused due to a lack of viable recycling technologies. This absence of recovery/recycling is especially true for thermoset composites that undergo irreversible cure reactions. At the present juncture, composite recyclability is essential to the sustainability of the growing composite industry. Without a robust and effective method to recycle composites and complete the material life-cycle, these materials will not be able to compete with steel and aluminum in mass market applications, for which recycling rates are already high.
    The objective of my research is to develop an effective chemical recycling method for cleavage of polymer matrices using moderate conditions (atmospheric pressure and moderate temperature) and safe chemicals that can recover near-virgin quality fibers and potentially useful polymer components. These features are critical to practical, large-scale composite recycling, but have not been reported to date. My investigation focuses on amine-cured epoxies, which is the most widely used polymer matrix in high-performance composites.
    Findings indicated that acid digestion was an effective dissolution process for highly crosslinked amine/epoxy composites. Near-virgin quality carbon fibers in the original fabric form were recovered after digestion. The reaction mechanism for acid digestion was identified, and target catalysts were evaluated to accelerate the reaction rate. Furthermore, a parametric study that investigated the relationship between composite properties and matrix dissolution rate was performed, and key parameters affecting the dissolution rate were identified. Data showed that the major rate-limiting factor for acid digestion was the diffusion rate, rather than the chemical reaction rate. Two strategies to enhance the diffusion rate -“ pre-treatment and mechanical shredding -“ were evaluated, and both were effective. Lastly, I recovered the decomposed matrix residues from chemical solutions after acid digestion and demonstrated routes for reusing the matrix residues in virgin resin formulations, effectively closing the recycling loop.


    Location: Hedco Pertroleum and Chemical Engineering Building (HED) - 116

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Karen Woo/Mork Family

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  • Transfer Day - Afternoon Session

    Fri, Jan 11, 2019 @ 01:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Receptions & Special Events


    TRANSFER DAY FEATURES: A presentation from Viterbi Admission, Campus Tours, Academic Department Visits, and more!

    If you have questions about engineering and the transfer process then Transfer Day is for you. Transfer Day is a half-day comprehensive program designed to give you the most in-depth look at the transfer process and academic life at USC. Specifically, the program includes presentations on the admission process, transfer credit policy, academics, financial aid. You will also have the opportunity to visit an academic department or take a campus tour. Reservations are required.

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Viterbi Admission

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  • W.V.T. Rusch Honors Colloquium

    Fri, Jan 11, 2019 @ 01:00 PM - 01:50 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Affairs

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: James Moore, Professor USC Epstein Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering and Price School of Public Policy

    Talk Title: LA Metropolitan Transportation Authority Budget Follies: How to Spend Billions and Reduce Transit Use

    Location: Henry Salvatori Computer Science Center (SAL) - 101

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Monica De Los Santos

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  • Nature and Infrastructure Harmony – Reliable methods, resilient systems, and sustainable designs under extreme hazard events: Seismic Hazards

    Fri, Jan 11, 2019 @ 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Chukwuebuka C. Nweke, Ph.D., UCLA

    Talk Title: Nature and Infrastructure Harmony -“ Reliable methods, resilient systems, and sustainable designs under extreme hazard events: Seismic Hazards

    Abstract:
    Natural hazards expose vulnerabilities in current civil infrastructure. This has been demonstrated over the years by earthquakes, wildfires, hurricanes, and tsunamis. The aftermath of seismic events in particular have been catastrophic in terms of socio-economic cost as evidenced by the 2010 -“ 2011 Canterbury Earthquake Sequence that devastated Christchurch, New Zealand, the September 2018 earthquake event that decimated Palu, Indonesia, and many other occurences. Potential solutions may exist at the intersection of Reliable, Resilient, and Sustainable (RRnS) engineering that may facilitate the development of a new generation of infrastructure that embraces rather than combats with nature and its uncertainties. Traditional design standards focus on life safety, but performance-based standards are being adopted, albeit slowly. Still, these performance-based engineering methods often utilize an ergodic (global) approach in contrast to a non-ergodic (site-specific) approach, potentially leading to systems with limited resilience and large uncertainties in design demand and capacity. My research efforts aim to investigate innovative means to characterize hazard demands and capacity through constitutive and empirical modeling, as well as provide adaptable (bio-inspired) solutions to improve infrastructure performance.


    Host: Dr. Lucio Soibelman

    Location: Ray R. Irani Hall (RRI) - 101

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Salina Palacios

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