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  • Truth Values: One Girl's Romp Through M.I.T’s Male Math Maze Written and Performed by Gioia De Cari, Directed by Miriam Eusebio

    Wed, Mar 12, 2014 @ 07:00 AM - 09:00 PM

    USC Viterbi School of Engineering

    University Calendar

    RSVP TO: http://web-app.usc.edu/ws/eo2/calendar/113/event/903805

    Nonbinary algorithms and sexism collide in Truth Values: One Girl’s Romp Through M.I.T.’s Male Math Maze, a painfully funny show about navigating the elite boys’ club of higher mathematics. In 2005, Lawrence Summers, then president of Harvard University, suggested that women are less represented than men in the sciences because of innate gender differences. Truth Values is one woman’s brilliant—and entertaining—response. Writer/performer and “recovering mathematician” Gioia De Cari brings to life more than 30 characters in a true tale that offers a humorous, scathing, insightful and ultimately uplifting look at the challenges of being a professional woman in a male-dominated field. Truth Values won the award for Outstanding Solo Show at the New York International Fringe Festival.

    Location: Ronald Tutor Campus Center (TCC) - Grand Ballroom

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Visions and Voices

  • Repeating EventLean Green Belt

    Wed, Mar 12, 2014 @ 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM

    Professional Programs

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: TBA, USC Viterbi School of Engineering

    Talk Title: Lean Green Belt

    Abstract: Course Overview

    This three-day course provides an in-depth understanding of lean enterprise principles and how to apply them within your organization. Your lean journey begins with a series of interactive simulations that demonstrate how each lean concept is applied and its impact on the process. Mapping the process flow and identifying the activities that add value from the customer's perspective is the cornerstone of this class. The class is then given a scenario and the students simulate the conversion from traditional to lean in a practical hands-on environment. The course also provides a structure for how to manage a lean process for continuous improvement. Participants will learn how to structure their organizations to support and continuously improve a lean process. Participants will also fully understand how to implement 5S within their plants and how to begin reducing setup time using the SMED process.

    Course Topics

    5S and muda
    Point of use
    Value stream mapping
    7 Wastes
    Visual Workplace

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

    Create and improve a lean process
    Implement 5S to develop a safe, clean working environment
    Map the process flow and identify activities that add value
    Reduce setup time using the SMED process

    Who Should Attend

    Engineers new to a managerial position
    Engineers preparing to make the transition to managerial roles
    Current managers wanting to hone leadership skills

    Program Fees

    On-Campus Participant: $1,545
    Includes continental breakfasts, lunch and all course materials. The fee does not include hotel accommodations or transportation.

    Online Participant with Live Session Interactivity: $1,400
    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.

    Continuing Education Units
    CEUs: 2.1 (CEUs provided by request only)

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

    The USC Viterbi School of Engineering Certificate of Completion and the Institute of Industrial Engineering certification in Lean Green Belt will be awarded to those participants that pass the assessment on the final day of the course.

    Host: Corporate and Professional Programs

    More Info: http://gapp.usc.edu/professional-programs/short-courses/industrial%26systems/lean-green-belt

    Audiences: Registered Attendees

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    Posted By: Corporate and Professional Programs

  • Astani CEE Department Seminar

    Wed, Mar 12, 2014 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Ioannis A. Kougioumtzoglou , University of Liverpool

    Talk Title: Wavelet Techniques & Path Integral Methods for Diverse Civil Engineering Applications

    Abstract: Limitations pertaining to available information and the interpretation of underlying mechanisms, as well as inherent uncertainty and nonlinearity of critical engineering problems, have necessitated the study of nonlinear systems with stochastic parameters, input and initial/boundary conditions. In such cases, a stochastic approach constitutes a rational basis for modeling, analysis, design, monitoring and maintenance of resilient complex engineering systems. Further, stochastic dynamics has been the focus of diverse engineering and scientific disciplines for more than a century. Consequently, theoretical research has already led to seminal advancements towards analyzing and predicting the stochastic behavior of complex nonlinear dynamic phenomena. Nevertheless, the development of novel mathematical tools and of potent signal processing techniques, originating from computer science, applied mathematics and theoretical physics, offers a new framework for addressing complex problems for the first time and even posing new challenging questions.

    In this regard, in the first part of the seminar talk, recent work related to the development of signal processing techniques for spectral analysis, stochastic modeling, and nonlinear system joint time/space-frequency response determination and parameter identification will be presented. A common denominator of the above techniques is the use of wavelets, and in particular, generalized harmonic wavelets which have proven to be particularly useful for engineering dynamics/mechanics related applications due to their non-overlapping, box-shaped frequency spectrum, their orthogonality properties, and the convenience of combining harmonic balance with statistical linearization techniques. Further, ongoing work related to the development of signal processing techniques which couple the localization capabilities of wavelets with compressive sensing methodology features for handling cases where available/measured data are highly sparse/incomplete will be delineated as well. Current and potential applications include translating (limited/incomplete/sparse and non-stationary) raw data into engineering load models and system/material properties, vibration diagnostics and mitigation, damage detection/assessment, cost-efficient structural health monitoring, and real-time risk optimization and decision making towards addressing the big challenge of analysis/design and operation of resilient and intelligent complex systems and civil infrastructure.

    In the second part of the seminar talk, recent work related to the development of uncertainty quantification techniques for efficient response determination and reliability assessment of complex nonlinear systems will be presented. A common denominator of the above techniques is the use of path integrals. In this regard, it is noted that although path integrals have revolutionized the field of theoretical physics, the engineering community has neglected their potential as a potent uncertainty quantification tool. Current and potential applications include response analysis and reliability assessment of engineering systems following the versatile Preisach (hysteretic) model (e.g. smart materials), or modelled using fractional derivative elements (e.g. viscoelastic materials), as well as the determination of the capsizing probability of a ship model. Overall, it is shown that the path integral constitutes a versatile tool which can treat complex engineering problems and potentially address current and future challenges in engineering mechanics, such as nonlinearity and stochasticity at a multi-physics/scale level.

    Biography: Dr. Ioannis Kougioumtzoglou (IK) is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor equivalent) in Uncertainty & Engineering, and a member of the Institute for Risk and Uncertainty and of the Centre for Engineering Sustainability in the School of Engineering, University of Liverpool, UK. He obtained his M.Sc. (2009) and Ph.D. (2011) degrees from the Civil and Environmental Engineering department of Rice University, TX, USA, under the supervision of Professor Pol D. Spanos. He also holds a five-year Diploma (2007) in Civil Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Greece.

    IK's primary research interests focus on the general area of Uncertainty Quantification and Modeling/Analysis of Complex Systems with applications mainly in Civil/Mechanical Engineering & Engineering Mechanics, and in diverse disciplines such as Financial Mathematics. Specifically, the development of numerical and/or analytical techniques for Stochastic Engineering Dynamics/Mechanics constitutes one of the main research themes. Systems exhibiting nonlinear/hysteretic behavior and/or exposed to hazard/risk inducing conditions are of particular interest.

    IK has been awarded several scholarships for outstanding academic performance from the National State Scholarships Foundation (Greece), the Eugenides Foundation (Greece) and the Hellenic Professional Society of Texas (USA). He has also received an invited Visiting Professor appointment at the Structural Engineering Department, University of Sao Paulo, sponsored by the Sao Paulo State Research Funding Agency (Brazil). He is a member of the Engineering Mechanics Institute (EMI), an associate member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and a Registered (Licensed/Chartered) Professional Civil Engineer in Greece. He is the co-Editor of the Encyclopedia of Earthquake Engineering (Springer) and currently serves as a Guest Editor for two Special Issues in the Journal of Probabilistic Engineering Mechanics and in the International Journal of Reliability and Safety. He currently supervises and co-supervises nine PhD students, many of them in multi/cross-disciplinary topics.

    Host: Astani CEE Department

    Location: Kaprielian Hall (KAP) - 209

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Cassie Cremeans

  • Career Advisement in the E-Quad

    Wed, Mar 12, 2014 @ 11:00 AM - 02:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Receptions & Special Events

    Viterbi Career Services (VCS) will be offering career advisement on March12th from 11:00-2:00pm in the E-Quad. Drop by our table to get answers to your job/internship search questions,Viterbi connectSC, or get feedback on your resume. Don’t have a resume? Don’t have questions? Come by our table just to introduce yourself and hear more about our services. We’d love to meet you!

    Location: E-Quad

    Audiences: All Viterbi Students

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Services

  • Computer Science General Faculty Meeting

    Wed, Mar 12, 2014 @ 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM

    Computer Science

    Workshops & Infosessions

    Computer Science General Faculty Meeting.

    Details emailed directly to attendees.

    RSVP link also to be provided.

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 217

    Audiences: Invited Faculty Only

    Posted By: Assistant to CS chair

  • Pre-Engineering Information Session

    Wed, Mar 12, 2014 @ 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Affairs

    Workshops & Infosessions

    Current USC students interested in changing their major to engineering must attend a Pre-Engineering Information Session as part of the application process. At the session, we will review the application process, the change of major requirements, and important Viterbi programs and services.

    Students who attended the Viterbi Academic Expectations and Registration sessions during Orientation do not need to attend a Pre-Engineering workshop.

    For questions about the change of major process, please contact either Christine D’Arcy (cdarcy@usc.edu) or Jenny Vazquez-Akim (vazqueza@usc.edu).

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

    Audiences: Undergrad

    Posted By: Christine D'Arcy

  • Epstein ISE Department Seminar

    Wed, Mar 12, 2014 @ 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: S. Ayca Erdogan, PhD, Visiting Assistant Professor, Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, University of Southern California

    Talk Title: "Data-Driven Disease Modeling and Health-Care Operations Management "

    Abstract: This talk will include data-driven modeling approaches to guide decisions related to health care operations management and public health. I will first present our micro-simulation model which was used to provide input for the recently announced guidelines of US Preventative Services Task Force on lung cancer screening. I will describe our model that simulates progression of lung cancer in the absence and in the presence of screening considering individual heterogeneity, and the data sources used during model building, calibrating and validating phases. The model is used to predict the observed results of clinical studies and estimate long term effects of screening both in terms of mortality reduction and overdiagnosis which were not possible to estimate reliably from previous screening trials due to ethical concerns and limited period of follow-up.

    In the second part of my talk, I will introduce variants of stochastic programming models for optimal scheduling of patient appointments with uncertainty in service durations and in patient demand caused by no-shows and dynamic arrivals of urgent requests. Unlike most scheduling models, our models do not rely on specific assumptions caused by service time distributions. I will discuss structural properties of the models and present optimum schedules under different demand and cost structures.

    WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12, 2014
    3:00 - 4:00 PM

    Biography: Ayca Erdogan is a visiting assistant professor at Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at University of Southern California. Before coming to USC, she was a postdoctoral research fellow at Stanford University School of Medicine between 2011 and 2013. She received her PhD in Operations Research from North Carolina State University, and B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Istanbul Technical University, Turkey. Her main research area is decision making under uncertainty with an emphasis on problems related to health care. She is working on both operations management problems including optimal patient scheduling and on individual and population level medical decision making problems specifically related to cancer screening.

    More Information: Seminar-Erdogan.doc

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Georgia Lum

  • Find More Jobs & Internships: Viterbi connectSC Workshop

    Wed, Mar 12, 2014 @ 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions

    Come to this presentation to learn how to navigate Viterbi connectSC,a powerful job & internship search tool available ONLY to Viterbi students.

    Location: Seeley G. Mudd Building (SGM) - 101

    Audiences: All Viterbi Students

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Services

  • ASBME GM #19: Dr. Nasibi- Alumni Experience

    Wed, Mar 12, 2014 @ 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Organizations

    Student Activity

    Curious what alumni have done with their Biomedical Engineering Degree? Come hear Dr. Nasibi, now a dentist at Western Dental, talk about his experiences in Consulting with Accenture and his motivation to pursue a career in Dentistry. Come ready with questions to get the most out of this meeting! There will also be free Taco Bell for dinner!

    Location: Mark Taper Hall Of Humanities (THH) - 201

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Associated Students of Biomedical Engineering