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  • Repeating EventSix Sigma Black Belt

    Tue, Mar 04, 2014 @ 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM

    Professional Programs

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: TBA,

    Talk Title: Six Sigma Black Belt

    Abstract: Course Overview

    This course teaches you the advanced problem-solving skills you'll need in order to measure a process, analyze the results, develop process improvements and quantify the resulting savings. Project assignments between sessions require you to apply what you've learned. This course is presented in the classroom in three five-day sessions over a three-month period.

    Learn the advanced problem-solving skills you need to implement the principles, practices and techniques of Six Sigma to maximize performance and cost reductions in your organization. During this three-week practitioner course, you will learn how to measure a process, analyze the results, develop process improvements and quantify the resulting savings. You will be required to complete a project demonstrating mastery of appropriate analytical methods and pass an examination to earn IIE's Six Sigma Black Belt Certificate.This practitioner course for Six Sigma implementation provides extensive coverage of the Six Sigma process as well as intensive exposure to the key analytical tools associated with Six Sigma, including project management, team skills, cost analysis, FMEA, basic statistics, inferential statistics, sampling, goodness of fit testing, regression and correlation analysis, reliability, design of experiments, statistical process control, measurement systems analysis and simulation. Computer applications are emphasized.

    NOTE: Participants must bring a laptop computer running Microsoft Office to the seminar.

    Course Topics

    * Business process management
    * Computer applications
    * Design of experiments (DOE)
    * Design for Six Sigma (DFSS)
    * DMAIIC
    * Enterprisewide deployment
    * Lean enterprise
    * Project management
    * Regression and correlation modeling
    * Statistical methods and sampling
    * Statistical process control
    * Team processes


    Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

    * Analyze process data using comprehensive statistical methods
    * Control the process to assure that improvements are used and the benefits verified
    * Define an opportunity for improving customer satisfaction
    * Implement the recommended improvements
    * Improve existing processes by reducing variation
    * Measure process characteristics that are critical to quality

    Who Should Attend

    * VPs, COOs, CEOs
    * Employees new to a managerial position
    * Employees preparing to make the transition to managerial roles
    * Current managers wanting to hone leadership skills
    * Anyone interested in implementing Lean or Six Sigma in their organization

    Program Fees

    On-Campus Participants: $7,245
    Includes continental breakfasts, lunch and all course materials. The fee does not include hotel accommodations or transportation.

    Online Participant with Live Session Interactivity: $7,245

    Includes attendee access codes for live call-in or chat capabilities during class sessions. Also includes all course and lecture materials available for live stream or download.

    Reduced Pricing:

    Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE): Reduced pricing is available for members of IIE. Please contact professional@gapp.usc.edu for further information.

    Trojan Family: USC alumni, current students, faculty, and staff receive 10% reduced pricing on registration.

    Boeing: Boeing employees receive 20% off registration fees (please use Boeing email address when registering).

    Two course delivery options are available for participants, on-campus and online with interactivity:

    On-Campus Course is held in state-of-the-art facilities on the University of Southern California campus, located in downtown Los Angeles. Participants attending on-campus will have the option to commute to the course or stay at one of the many hotels located in the area. For travel information, please visit our Travel section.

    Overview of on-campus option:

    * The ability to interact with faculty and peers in-person.
    * Access to hard copy course materials.
    * Ability to logon and view archived course information - up to 7 days after the course has been offered. This includes course documents and streaming video of the lectures.
    * If there is a conflict during any on-campus course dates, on-campus participants can elect to be an online/interactive student.
    * Parking, refreshments and lunch are provided for on-campus participants unless otherwise specified.

    Online (Interactivity) Course delivery is completely online and real-time, enabling interaction with the instructor and fellow participants. Participants have the flexibility of completing the course from a distance utilizing USC's Distance Education Network technology. Students are required to be online for the entirety of each day's session.

    Overview of online (interactive):

    * Virtually participate in the course live with the ability to either ask questions or chat questions to the entire class.
    * WebEx technologies provide the option to call into the class and view the entire lecture/materials on a personal computer, or to participate on a computer without having to utilize a phone line.
    * Ability to logon and view archived course information up to 7 days after the course has been offered. This includes course documents and streaming video of the lectures.

    Continuing Education Units
    CEUs: 10.5 (CEUs provided by request only)

    USC Viterbi School of Engineering Certificate of Participation is awarded to all participants upon successful completion of course.

    Upon completion, participants will also receive their Institute of Industrial Engineers certification in Six Sigma Black Belt.

    Host: Corporate and Professional Programs

    More Info: http://gapp.usc.edu/professional-programs/short-courses/industrial%26systems/six-sigma-black-belt

    Audiences: Registered Attendees

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    Posted By: Viterbi Professional Programs

  • Astani CEE Department Seminar

    Tue, Mar 04, 2014 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Ngai Yin Yip, Yale University

    Talk Title: Harnessing Natural Salinity Gradients for Sustainable Power Generation with Pressure Retarded Osmosis

    Abstract: The development of alternative power sources is necessary to enable a global shift to a sustainable energy future. Pressure retarded osmosis (PRO) can produce renewable energy from natural salinity gradients by harvesting the free energy of mixing released when fresh river water or brackish water combines with seawater. This presentation will discuss the potential of sustainable power generation with natural salinity gradients, the recent membrane advancements toward realization of the technology, and the challenges that can hinder the implementation of PRO energy production. Firstly, a thermodynamic and energy analysis of PRO is presented to identify the intrinsic limitations and determine the efficiency of the process. The findings are then employed to assess the global potential of power generation with natural salinity gradients. In the second part of the study, the fabrication of thin-film composite membranes capable of achieving high performance in PRO is demonstrated. By thoughtful selection of the fabrication conditions to methodically suppress the detrimental effects that limit productivity, the hand-cast membranes advanced the achievable power densities to ~10 W/m2, twice the benchmark necessary for the technology to be cost-effective. Lastly, the detrimental impact of membrane fouling in PRO is examined and the cleaning efficiency of a quick, chemical-free osmotic backwash is evaluated. The fouling phenomenon and cleaning protocol were systematically analyzed and the implications for PRO power generation with natural salinity gradients are discussed.

    Biography: Ngai Yin Yip is a doctoral student in the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering at Yale University. He received his bachelor's degree in Environmental and Civil Engineering (First Class Honors) from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. His dissertation work focuses on novel membrane technologies for the sustainable production of energy and water. He received the ACS Environmental Chemistry Graduate Student Award in 2011 and the C. Ellen Gonter Best Paper Award from ACS in 2013.

    Host: Astani CEE Department

    Location: Kaprielian Hall (KAP) - 209

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Cassie Cremeans

  • Methods for Detecting Focal Lesions in Brain Images

    Tue, Mar 04, 2014 @ 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Frithjof Kruggel, M.D., Ph.D., University of California, Irvine

    Talk Title: Methods for Detecting Focal Lesions in Brain Images

    Series: Medical Imaging Seminar Series

    Abstract: The development of neuroimaging methods to detect and diagnose intracranial pathology is a success story in modern medicine. In contrast, the potential of using quantitative image-based parameters that describe the properties and progression of pathological processes has not yet been realized. We will review methods for quantifying properties of focal brain lesions, discuss strategies for method development, and pinpoint issues that still impede routine clinical usage.

    Biography: Frithjof Kruggel joined the Department of Biomedical Engineering at UC Irvine as a Professor in 2005. His research focuses on developing Computer Vision algorithms to extract meaningful, quantitative information from neuroimaging data to understand the relation between structure and function of the human brain, and to support clinical diagnosis and therapeutic decisions. Frithjof received his M.S. in Chemistry from Ruhr-University, Bochum (Germany) in 1983, and his M.D. and Ph.D. from Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich (Germany) in 1989. Following his training in Clinical Neurology, he assisted in building up the Max-Planck-Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, where he headed the Workgroup on Signal and Image Analysis from 1995-2004. From 2002-2004, he served as a Professor for Image Analysis and Computer Graphics in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Leipzig (Germany).

    Host: Prof. Richard Leahy

    Location: Hughes Aircraft Electrical Engineering Center (EEB) - 248

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Talyia Veal

  • Epstein Institute / ISE 651 Seminar Series

    Tue, Mar 04, 2014 @ 03:30 PM - 04:50 PM

    Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Dr. J. Cole Smith, Professor & Interim Chair of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Interim Director of the UF Informatics Institute, University of Florida

    Talk Title: "Revisiting Fortification Algorithms for Facility Interdiction Problems"

    Series: Epstein Institute Seminar Series

    Abstract: Interdiction and fortification studies of p-median facility location problems have received a substantial attention in the past decade. These problems can be seen as three-stage games in which the network owner (which we call the defender) fortifies facility locations in a first stage, an interdictor disables a subset of unfortified facilities in a second stage, and the defender assigns demand points to facilities that were not attacked in a third stage. This talk discusses an alternative approach to those in the literature, which is capable of handling a broad class of these fortification problems, including those arising under p-median and p-center objectives. Additionally, we examine problems in which there exist constraints restricting the number of demand points that can be assigned to each facility. We also illustrate the relationship between our approach and previously derived ad-hoc strategies for solving special cases of these problems. This talk discusses the computational effectiveness of our proposed strategies, and discusses classes of problems that warrant future research.

    TUESDAY, MARCH 4, 2014
    3:30 - 4:50 PM

    Biography: Dr. J. Cole Smith is a professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE) at the University of Florida, where he serves as the Interim Chair of ISE and the Interim Director of the UF Informatics Institute. His funding has been supported by the NSF, DARPA, AFOSR, and the ONR, and he has spent one summer as a distinguished visiting professor in the National Security Agency’s summer program in operations research technology. His research regards mathematical optimization models and algorithms, especially those arising in combinatorial optimization. Dr. Smith has had the pleasure of collaborating with colleagues across many different disciplines, including Mathematics, Ecology, Psychology, Computer Science, and Biomedical Engineering. His awards include the Young Investigator Award from the ONR, the Hamid K. Elden Outstanding Young Industrial Engineer in Education award, the Operations Research Division Teaching Award, and the best paper award from IIE Transactions in 2007.

    Host: Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

    More Information: Seminar-Smith_Cole.doc

    Location: Von Kleinsmid Center For International & Public Affairs (VKC) - Room 100

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Georgia Lum

  • CS Colloquium: Damon McCoy (George Mason University) - Data-Driven Security: A Socio-Economic Approach to Disrupting Cybercrime

    Tue, Mar 04, 2014 @ 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

    Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Damon McCoy, George Mason University

    Talk Title: Data-Driven Security: A Socio-Economic Approach to Disrupting Cybercrime

    Series: CS Colloquium

    Abstract: Modern day cybercrime is largely profit-fueled and much of modern day computer security is focused on developing new defenses that close security gaps, which allow criminals to exploit vulnerable systems. However, this focus on understanding the technical methods used by cyber criminals has not been matched by a complimentary effort to understand the underlying socio-economic factors that drive much of this large scale cybercrime. In this talk, I will describe my work on understanding the economics, capabilities and limitations of cybercriminal enterprises and how this has led to the disruption of two cybercrime ecosystems. First, I will describe the counterfeit pharmaceutical spam ecosystem from a socio-economic perspective and how this approach resulted in an effective payment processing level intervention. I will then describe an approach that also relies on a socio-economic understanding to disrupt the market for fraudulent accounts, which are sold by the thousand and are used to perpetrate scams, phishing, and malware via webmail and online social networking sites. These examples illustrate that, by understanding the socio-economic underpinnings of cybercrime, we can undermine cybercriminal ecosystems more efficiently than by using purely technical approaches.

    Biography: Damon McCoy is an Assistant Professor in the Computer Science department at George Mason University. Previously he was a Computer Innovation Fellow at the University of California, San Diego. He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Colorado, Boulder. His research has focused on the economics of cybercrime, cyber-physical security, privacy enhancing technologies, and censorship-resistant systems. McCoy's work has been covered by the BBC, CNN, KrebsOnSecurity, MSNBC, NPR and NY Times. He was awarded a Google faculty research award and a CRA/NSF Computer Innovation Fellowship. He only refers to himself in the third person when requested.

    Host: Ethan Katz-Bassett

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Assistant to CS chair

  • VARC Workshop: Surviving Your GEs (Writing)

    Tue, Mar 04, 2014 @ 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Affairs

    Workshops & Infosessions

    At this workshop, we will cover strategies to help you become a better writer so you can tackle your GE papers with confidence!

    RSVP online at bit.ly/VARC_Workshops

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 211

    Audiences: Undergrad

    Posted By: Viterbi Academic Resource Center

  • USC Energy Club Mixer

    Tue, Mar 04, 2014 @ 06:30 PM - 08:30 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Organizations

    Receptions & Special Events

    Dear Friends,

    Please save the date for the USC Energy Club Mixer! This will be a great opportunity to network with USC students, alumni, and professionals in the energy industry, learn about the USC Energy Club, and help us strengthen our alumni network. This will be an informal and fun networking happy hour - please feel free to bring guests.

    Directions if required for location:
    The Lab- Directions

    The USC Energy Club is a multidisciplinary, graduate student run organization dedicated to creating a unified energy network on campus. Our principle mission is to educate students in energy while also paving the way toward a professional career in the industry upon completion of their time at USC. Additional information about the club can be found at
    USC Energy Club

    Please RSVP at
    RSVP for USC Energy Club Mixer

    *This event is for Graduate Students Only*

    If you have any questions, feel free to contactHoward Fu: howardf@usc.edu or David Schwartz: daschwar@usc.edu.

    We hope you can make it to the mixer!


    The USC Energy Club

    Location: The Lab (3500 Figueroa St., Los Angeles – right across from the USC campus)

    Audiences: Graduate

    Posted By: USC Energy Club