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

    Mon, Feb 25, 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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  • Fall 2018 Joint CSC@USC/CommNetS-MHI Seminar Series

    Mon, Feb 25, 2019 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Jorge Cortes, University of California, San Diego

    Talk Title: The role of network structure in controlling complex networks

    Abstract: Controllability of complex network systems is an active area of research at the intersection of network science, control theory, and multi-agent coordination, with multiple applications ranging from brain dynamics to the smart grid and cyber-physical systems. The basic question is to understand to what extent the dynamic behavior of the entire network can be shaped by changing the states of some of its subsystems, and decipher the role that network structure plays in achieving this. This talk examines this question in two specific instances: characterizing network controllability when control nodes can be scheduled over a time horizon and hierarchical selective recruitment in brain networks. Regarding controllability, we show how time-varying control schedules can significantly enhance network controllability over fixed ones, especially when applied to large networks. Through the analysis of a novel scale-dependent notion of nodal centrality, we show that optimal time-varying scheduling involves the actuation of the most central nodes at appropriate spatial scales. Regarding hierarchical selective recruitment, we examine network mechanisms for selective inhibition and top-down recruitment of subnetworks under linear-threshold dynamics. Motivated by the study of goal-driven selective attention in neuroscience, we build on the characterization of key network dynamical properties to enable, through either feedforward or feedback control, the targeted inhibition of task-irrelevant subnetworks and the top-down recruitment of task-relevant ones.

    Biography: Jorge Cortes is a Professor with the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of California, San Diego. He received the Licenciatura degree in mathematics from the Universidad de Zaragoza, Spain, in 1997, and the Ph.D. degree in engineering mathematics from the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain, in 2001. He held postdoctoral positions at the University of Twente, The Netherlands, and at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA. He was an Assistant Professor with the Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics at the University of California, Santa Cruz from 2004 to 2007. He is the author of Geometric, Control and Numerical Aspects of Nonholonomic Systems (New York: Springer-Verlag, 2002) and co-author of Distributed Control of Robotic Networks (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2009). He received a NSF CAREER award in 2006 and was the recipient of the 2006 Spanish Society of Applied Mathematics Young Researcher Prize. He has co-authored papers that have won the 2008 IEEE Control Systems Outstanding Paper Award, the 2009 SIAM Review SIGEST selection from the SIAM Journal on Control and Optimization, and the 2012 O. Hugo Schuck Best Paper Award in the Theory category. He is an IEEE Fellow and, at the IEEE Control Systems Society, he has been a Distinguished Lecturer (2010-2014), and is currently its Director of Operations and an elected member (2018-2020) of its Board of Governors. His current research interests include distributed control and optimization, network neuroscience, reasoning and decision making under uncertainty, resource-aware control, and multi-agent coordination in robotic, power, and transportation networks.

    Host: Ketan Savla, ksavla@usc.edu

    More Info: http://csc.usc.edu/seminars/2019Spring/cortes.html

    More Information: 19.02.25_Jorge Cortes CSCUSC Seminar.pdf

    Location: Hughes Aircraft Electrical Engineering Center (EEB) - 132

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Brienne Moore

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  • CS Colloquium: Rajalakshmi Nandakumar (University of Washington) - Computational Wireless Sensing at Scale

    Tue, Feb 26, 2019 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Rajalakshmi Nandakumar, University of Washington

    Talk Title: Computational Wireless Sensing at Scale

    Series: CS Colloquium

    Abstract: Computational wireless sensing is an exciting field of research where we use wireless signals from everyday computing devices to enable sensing. The key challenge is to enable new sensing capabilities that can be deployed at scale and have an impact in the real world.

    In this talk, I will focus on the two unique approaches that I pursued to enable sensing at scale. The first is to transform existing smart devices such as smartphones into active sonar systems to enable mobile health and user interaction applications. In particular, I will talk about contactless sensing of physiological signals like breathing using off-the-shelf smartphones that can be used to detect potentially life-threatening conditions such as opioid overdoses as well as sleep apnea. The second approach is to design new low power wireless technologies that can enable IoT sensing on everyday objects on a large scale by addressing power and size constraints. Here, I will talk about our technology that achieves 3D localization and tracking of sub-centimeter sized devices that enables applications ranging from user interaction to precision agriculture.

    This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium


    Biography: Rajalakshmi Nandakumar is a Ph.D. candidate at the Paul G. Allen School of computer science of University of Washington. Her research focuses on developing wireless sensing technologies that enable novel applications in various domains including mobile health, user interfaces and IoT networks. She developed the first contactless smartphone based sleep apnea diagnosis system that was licensed by ResMed Inc. and now used by millions of users for sleep staging. She was recognized with the Paul Baran Young Scholar award by the Marconi Society in 2018 and also named as the rising star in EECS by MIT. She has first author papers in top medical journals including Science translational medicine as well as computer science venues (CHI, SIGCOMM, SenSys, MobiCom, MobiSys). Her research was awarded multiple accolades and nominations including MobiSys 2015 best paper nominee, CHI 2016 Honorable mention award and SenSys 2018 best paper award.

    Host: Ramesh Govindan

    Location: Olin Hall of Engineering (OHE) - 132

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Assistant to CS chair

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  • Epstein Institute Seminar - ISE 651

    Tue, Feb 26, 2019 @ 03:30 PM - 04:50 PM

    Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Mark P. Van Oyen, Professor, University of Michigan

    Talk Title: Opportunities for Healthcare Operations Engineering & How First Come First Served Scheduling May be Replaced

    Host: Dr. Sze-chuan Suen

    More Information: February 26, 2019.pdf

    Location: Ethel Percy Andrus Gerontology Center (GER) - 206

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Grace Owh

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  • MASCLE Machine Learning Seminar: Jacob Abernethy (Georgia Tech) - Building Algorithms by Playing Games

    Tue, Feb 26, 2019 @ 04:00 PM - 05:20 PM

    Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Jacob Abernethy, Georgia Institute of Technology

    Talk Title: Building Algorithms by Playing Games

    Series: Visa Research Machine Learning Seminar Series hosted by USC Machine Learning Center

    Abstract: A very popular trick for solving certain types of optimization problems is this: write your objective as the solution of a two-player zero-sum game, endow both players with an appropriate learning algorithm, watch how the opponents compete, and extract an (approximate) solution from the actions/decisions taken by the players throughout the process. This approach is very generic and provides a natural template to produce new and interesting algorithms. I will describe this framework and show how it applies in several scenarios, and describe recent work that draws a connection to the Frank-Wolfe algorithm and Nesterov's Accelerated Gradient Descent.

    This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium.


    Biography: Jacob Abernethy is an Assistant Professor in Computer Science at Georgia Tech. He started his faculty career in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan. In October 2011 he finished a PhD in the Division of Computer Science at the University of California at Berkeley, and then spent nearly two years as a Simons postdoctoral fellow at the CIS department at UPenn. Abernethy's primary interest is in Machine Learning, with a particular focus in sequential decision making, online learning, online algorithms and adversarial learning models.


    Host: Haipeng Luo

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Computer Science Department

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  • Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science Seminar - - Lyman L. Handy Colloquia

    Tue, Feb 26, 2019 @ 04:00 PM - 05:20 PM

    Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Professor R. Ramesh, Department of Physics and Department of Materials Science and Engineering , University of California, Berkeley

    Talk Title: Electric Field Control of Magnetism

    Abstract: Complex perovskite oxides exhibit a rich spectrum of functional responses, including magnetism, ferroelectricity, highly correlated electron behavior, superconductivity, etc. The basic materials physics of such materials provide the ideal playground for interdisciplinary scientific exploration with an eye towards real applications. Over the past decade the oxide community has been exploring the science of such materials as crystals and in thin film form by creating epitaxial heterostructures and nanostructures. Among the large number of materials systems, there exists a small set of materials which exhibit multiple order parameters; these are known as multiferroics, particularly, the coexistence of ferroelectricity and some form of ordered magnetism (typically antiferromagnetism). The scientific community has been able to demonstrate electric field control of both antiferromagnetism and ferromagnetism at room temperature. Current work is focused on ultralow energy (1 attoJoule/operation) electric field manipulation of magnetism as the backbone for the next generation of ultralow power electronics. In this lecture, I will describe our progress to date on this exciting possibility. The lecture will conclude with a summary of where the future research is going.
    References: 1. S. Manipatruni et al. Nature 565, 35 2019. 2. Heron, J. T. et al. Nature 516, 370 (2014).


    Biography: Professor Ramesh graduated from the UC Berkeley in 1987. His pioneering research is in multiferroic oxides and he continues to pursue key scientific problems in complex multifunctional oxide thin films, nanostructures and heterostructures at Berkeley. His group demonstrated several critical steps towards the next generation of ultralow power storage and spintronics devices. He is highly cited (over 65,000 citations, H-factor =110). He has received the APS David Adler Lectureship award and the James McGroddy Prize, the TMS Bardeen Prize and the 2018 IUPAP Magnetism Prize and Neel Medal. In 2014, he was recognized as a Thomson-Reuters Citation Laureate in Physics for his work on multiferroics. From December 2010 to August 2012 he served as the Founding Director of the SunShot Initiative at the Department of Energy, overseeing and coordinating the R&D activities and funding (300M$/year) of the U.S. Solar Program. In 2011, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering.



    Location: John Stauffer Science Lecture Hall (SLH) - 200

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Karen Woo/Mork Family

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  • USC Distinguished Industry Leader Speaker Series

    Tue, Feb 26, 2019 @ 04:45 PM - 07:00 PM

    Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Receptions & Special Events


    On February 26th, the USC construction alumni group will host its Distinguished Industry Leader event. This engaging, multi-event series will feature leaders from AEC related industry who will speak of various topics relevant to this field.

    This event will feature Doug Mouton of Microsoft. Doug will share how his experiences during Hurricane Katrina and serving in Afghanistan shaped his leadership style at Microsoft as General Manager of Data Center Execution. The session will be facilitated by Philip Stassi, recently retired President of Jacobs Global Buildings and Infrastructure. Both students and industry professionals should find this event inspiring and informative.

    Our event on the 8th will begin with a short networking period followed by a presentation by each of our guest speakers. After the presentation, there will be a panel discussion with an interactive Q&A session.

    About Doug Mouton:
    As the General Manager of Data Center Execution at Microsoft, Doug Mouton is responsible for design and construction for all Microsoft cloud capacity. Leading nearly 350 global professionals, vendors and outsourced staff responsible for developing design and execution solutions that will support the business requirements while remaining competitive in the market. This includes Microsoft builds, leases and hybrid delivery models. Mouton's team is also responsible for the execution of retrofit projects within existing data centers.

    Prior to joining Microsoft in 2014, Mouton worked as Group Vice President for JACOBS, Buildings and Infrastructure Program Management Construction Management worldwide. There he led a team of nearly 1,000 employees working on over 100 concurrent large-scale building and infrastructure projects around the world.

    Additionally, Mouton spent more than 33 years in the Army National Guard giving him a diverse leadership background including serving periods of active duty for Desert Storm, the Global War on Terror, Hurricane Katrina and other domestic events; commanding units from platoon (30+) to brigade size (3,000+).
    For more information about the event and to purchase tickets please go to: http://uscaec.org/distinguished-industry-leader-speaker-series-part-2/

    Location: Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience (MCB) - Michelson Hall

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Salina Palacios

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

    Wed, Feb 27, 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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  • Computer Science General Faculty Meeting

    Wed, Feb 27, 2019 @ 12:00 AM - 02:00 PM

    Computer Science

    Receptions & Special Events


    Bi-Weekly regular faculty meeting for invited full-time Computer Science faculty only. Event details emailed directly to attendees.

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 526

    Audiences: Invited Faculty Only

    Posted By: Assistant to CS chair

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  • Astani Civil and Environmental Engineering Seminar

    Wed, Feb 27, 2019 @ 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Lutgarde Raskin, University of Michigan

    Talk Title: Can engineering controls shape the drinking water microbiome and reduce the risk of opportunistic infections?

    Abstract: See Attachment

    Host: Dr. Adam Smith

    More Information: Raskin Announcement_Feb. 27.pdf

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Evangeline Reyes

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

    Fri, Mar 01, 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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  • ASME Spring Social

    Fri, Mar 01, 2019 @ 12:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Organizations

    Student Activity


    Need a break from studying for midterms? Do you like delicious snacks? Want to meet and hang out with other engineers? Well you're in luck because ASME will be hosting our Fall Social in the VHE Breeze Way from 12pm to 3pm on March 1st, 2019! We will be having an egg hunt, props for fun pictures, and plenty of snacks so come swing by whenever you can! Everyone is welcome so bring your friends and come have a good time!

    Location: Vivian Hall of Engineering (VHE) - Breeze Way

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

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  • ASME Spring Social

    Fri, Mar 01, 2019 @ 12:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Organizations

    Student Activity


    Need a break from studying for midterms? Do you like delicious snacks? Want to meet and hang out with other engineers? Well you're in luck because ASME will be hosting our Fall Social in the VHE Breeze Way from 12pm to 3pm on March 1st, 2019! We will be having an egg hunt, props for fun pictures, and plenty of snacks so come swing by whenever you can! Everyone is welcome so bring your friends and come have a good time!

    Location: Vivian Hall of Engineering (VHE) - Breeze Way

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

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  • W.V.T. RUSCH ENGINEERING HONORS COLLOQUIUM

    Fri, Mar 01, 2019 @ 01:00 PM - 01:50 PM

    USC Viterbi School of Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Mr. Mark Navarrete, Structures Design Manager, Northrop Grumman Corporation

    Talk Title: Structural Design Engineering in The Aerospace Industry

    Host: EHP and Dr. Prata

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Amanda McCraven

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  • Civil and Environmental Engineering Seminar

    Fri, Mar 01, 2019 @ 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

    Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Zahra Kharal, University of Toronto

    Talk Title: Towards Understanding the Seismic Behaviour of FRP Confined Concrete Columns

    Abstract: A large inventory of deficient reinforced concrete (RC) structures exist in which steel corrosion is the main cause of deficiency. Corrosion of steel in columns is especially a serious issue in existing structures, as it can lead to unexpected brittle structural failure in earthquakes or worse, under static gravity loads alone. While upgrading of these structures is a priority, the new structures need to be built such that they do not undergo similar ageing problems. Research on glass fibre reinforced polymers (GFRP) as internal reinforcement has shown promise as a durable material for building sustainable infrastructure. The research that I will present investigated the use of GFRP longitudinal bars and GFRP transverse reinforcement in columns for seismic resistance. The experimental program involved extensive testing of full-scale GFRP- and steel-RC columns under simulated earthquake loads. The variables investigated included column shape (circular or square), amount and spacing of transverse reinforcement, type of longitudinal and transverse reinforcement (steel or GFRP), reinforcement configuration and axial load level. A significant conclusion drawn from this research was that not only can GFRP be used as primary transverse reinforcement in columns but, in some cases, can provide better confinement than steel. In addition, a computation program was developed that can predict the behavior of steel and FRP-spiral and -tied confined columns subjected to seismic loading. The novelty of this program is in being able to rapidly analyze the column while still capturing the full nonlinear response of the column.


    Host: Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Salina Palacios

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  • Clarice Aiello - Seminar, Friday, March 1st at 2pm in EEB 132

    Fri, Mar 01, 2019 @ 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Clarice Aiello, Stanford University

    Talk Title: From nanotech to living sensors: unraveling the spin physics of biosensing at the nanoscale

    Abstract: I am a quantum engineer interested in how quantum physics informs biology at the nanoscale.

    As a physicist, I have developed high-performance nanosensors that essentially worked due to room-temperature quantum effects in noisy environments. Currently, I am focusing on "living sensors" -- organisms and cells that respond to minute stimuli, routinely outperforming technological probes in awe-inspiring ways. Unveiling and controlling the underlying physical mechanisms employed by "living sensors" impact: the engineering of ultrasensitive, bio-inspired electromagnetic probes; the elucidation of mesmerizing natural feats such as animal navigation; and the advancement of therapeutics for metabolic-related diseases.

    Substantial in vitro and physiological experimental results are consistent with the fact that similar spin physics might underlie biosensing modalities as varied as organismal magnetic field detection and metabolic regulation of oxidative stress in cells.

    Can spin physics be established -- or refuted! -- to account for physiologically relevant biosensing phenomena, and be manipulated to technological and therapeutical advantage? This is the broad, exciting question that I wish to address in my scientific career.

    Biography: Clarice D. Aiello is a quantum engineer born and raised in Brazil. She trained as an experimental physicist in Europe, having earned a Diplome d'Ingenieur de l'Ecole Polytechnique in France, and an M.Phil. from the University of Cambridge, Trinity College, in England.

    Research brought Clarice to the American shore. She completed her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at MIT with Prof. Paola Cappellaro. Her work has been funded by sources as diverse as the Fulbright Commission, the Schlumberger Foundation and UNESCO. Clarice is also a recipient of MIT's School of Engineering's "Graduate Student Award for Extraordinary Teaching and Mentoring".

    Clarice then undertook postdoctoral research with Prof. Naomi Ginsberg, in the Chemistry Department of the University of California at Berkeley. Currently, Clarice is a Life Sciences Research Foundation/Moore Foundation postdoctoral fellow with Prof. Manu Prakash, in Stanford University's Bioengineering Department.

    She has recently been chosen as a "Rising Star in Physics", and intends to invest her interdisciplinary training to investigate how quantum physics informs biology at the nanoscale.

    Host: ECE-Electrophysics

    Location: Hughes Aircraft Electrical Engineering Center (EEB) - 132

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Marilyn Poplawski

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  • Repeating EventSatellite Propulsion Systems

    Sat, Mar 02, 2019 @ 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM

    Executive Education

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Abstract: The Satellite Propulsion Systems program provides an understanding of the basic principles and figures of merit of Rocket Propulsion. Upon completion of the 4-day program, participants will be able to apply these principles to spacecraft propulsion system and components Analysis-&-Design, Testing, Ground Operations, Flight Operations, and End-of-life (EOL) De-orbit.

    More Info: https://viterbiexeced.usc.edu/engineering-program-areas/astronautical-engineering/satellite-propulsion-systems/

    Audiences: Registered Attendees

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