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Maryam Shanechi

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Andrew and Erna Viterbi Early Career Chair and Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering-Systems


  • 2011, Doctoral Degree, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • 2006, Master's Degree, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • 2004, Bachelor's Degree, Engineering Science, University of Toronto


Maryam Shanechi is an assistant professor and the Viterbi Early Career Chair in Electrical Engineering at USC. Prior to joining USC, she was an assistant professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Cornell University. She received the B.A.Sc. degree with honors in Engineering Science from the University of Toronto in 2004 and the S.M. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT in 2006 and 2011, respectively. She has held postdoctoral fellowships at Harvard Medical School from 2011-2012 and at the University of California, Berkeley from 2012-2013. She has received various awards including the NSF CAREER Award, the MIT Technology Review World's Top 35 Innovators Under 35 (TR35), the Popular Science Brilliant 10, the CalBRAIN Inaugural Award, the NAE FOE invitation, the Professional Engineers of Ontario gold medal, the W.S. Wilson medal, and the national Canadian doctoral fellowship (NSERC).

Research Summary

Dr. Shanechi's research focuses on applying the principles of information and control theories and statistical signal processing to develop effective solutions for basic and clinical neuroscience problems. One problem of particular interest to her is brain-machine interface (BMI) design for motor function, for closed-loop control of anesthesia, and for control of neuropsychological disorders. Her work combines methodology development with in vivo implementation and testing.


  • 2015 Viterbi Early Career Chair
  • 2015 Cal-BRAIN Inaugural Award
  • 2015 National Academy of Engineering (NAE) FOE invitation
  • 2015 NSF CAREER Award
  • 2015 Popular Science Brilliant 10
  • 2014 Best paper award in Technology, Computation, and Simulation, International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS)
  • 2014 MIT Technology Review Top 35 Innovators Under 35 (TR35)
  • 2006 Hewlett-Packard Graduate Fellowship 2006
  • 2006 National Canadian Doctoral Fellowship 2006-2009 (NSERC)
  • 2004 Next Generation of Canadian Leaders Selected by the University of Toronto Magazine
  • 2004 Wilson Medal in Engineering Science--Ranked first among all Engineering Science graduates at the University of Toronto
  • 2004 Gold Medalist, Professional Engineers of Ontario--Ranked first among all graduates in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Toronto
  • 2003 National Canadian Undergraduate Research Fellowship (NSERC)
  • 2002 National Canadian Undergraduate Research Fellowship (NSERC)
  • Research Productivity or Research Stipend , MURI grant administration
  • Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering - Systems

  • EEB 408
  • Hughes Aircraft Electrical Engineering Center
  • 3740 McClintock Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90089
  • USC Mail Code: 2564

Contact Information
  • (213) 740-1377
  • shanechi@usc.edu


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