Recipients of the 2013 OCEC Engineering Project of the Year Award, including Mr. Mohammad Sadiq (OCEC President), Dr. Iraj Ershaghi (Executive Director of CiSoft), Dr. Steve Nutt (Chair of USC Viterbi Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering & Materials Science), Dr. Vega Sankur (CiSoft Chevron Coordinator), Dr. Donald Paul (Executive Director, USC Energy Institute), and Mr. Lanre Olabinjo (CiSoft Alliance Manager).
The USC Center for Interactive Smart Oilfield Technologies (CiSoft) and the center's executive director, Professor Iraj Ershaghi, were recently recognized at the 2013 Orange County Engineering Council (OCEC) Awards Banquet where they received the OCEC Engineering Project of the Year award. The CiSoft Alliance, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, was one of 25 projects nominated for the award, which falls within OCEC’s Engineering Project Achievement Award category. CiSoft is a USC-Chevron Center of Excellence for Research and Academic Training on Interactive Smart Oilfield Technologies and was selected for its impact on the educational accomplishment of engineering students. The center was established in December 2003 and includes participating research scientists from various departments within USC, the Viterbi School, and Chevron.
OCEC promotes the interaction of professional engineering societies, corporations, and educational institutions in Southern California and recognizes outstanding individual and project achievements in the region each year. The 2013 OCEC Awards Banquet was held on February 22 at the Coyote Hills Golf Course in Fullerton, CA. The banquet was attended by more than 200 guests and awardees and included a keynote address by Dr. Leon Alkalai, manager of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) Office of Lunar Robotic Exploration.