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Two Viterbi Faculty Promoted to Associate Professor

May 14, 2007 —
Elaine Chew
Dean Yannis Yortsos has announced that two members of the USC Viterbi School faculty have been promoted from assistant to associate professor. They are Elaine Chew of the Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, who is the first holder of the Viterbi Early Career Chair in Engineering, and Tzung “John” Hsiai of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, who is the first holder of the Robert G. and Mary G. Lane Early Career Chair.

“It is with great pleasure that I announce these two promotions and offer my warmest congratulations to Drs. Chew and Hsiai,” said Yortsos.

Chew received her BAS degree in mathematical and computational sciences (honors) and music (distinction) from Stanford University and her MS and PhD degrees in operations Research from MIT.

Chew founded and heads the Music Computation and Cognition Laboratory at USC where she directs research on music and computing. She is on the founding editorial boards of the Journal of Mathematics and Music, Journal of Music and Meaning, and ACM Computers in Entertainment, and is on the Editor’s Panel of Computing in Musicology.  She also has an appointment in the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical  Engineering and is the Research Area Director of User Centered Sciences at  the Viterbi School's Integrated Media Systems Center.

In addition to her engineering studies Chew performs widely as a chamber musician and soloist. She is currently spending her sabbatical as a Fellow of Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study.

Tzung “John” Hsiai
Hsiai has earned a PhD in biomedical engineering from UCLA and an MD from the University of Chicago after completing his undergraduate education at Columbia University. He is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease and is an attending physician with the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine at USC, and holds a joint appointment with the Keck School.

Working with collaborators from the Keck School’s Departments of Preventive Medicine and of Cardiothoracic Surgery and the Institute for Genetic Medicine, the USC School of Pharmacy, and Good Samaritan Hospital and colleagues in the Viterbi School, Hsiai is using MicroElectroMechanical Systems to investigate the mechanisms whereby hemodynamics regulates the development of coronary artery disease.