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Press Release: USC Viterbi School of Engineering Announces 2016 Viterbi Award Recipients

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Leaders of Biocon, Northrop Grumman, Epsilon Systems, to be honored for excellence
Media Contact: Amy Blumenthal amyblume@usc.edu
April 20, 2016 —

LOS ANGELES, April 20, 2016--Today, the USC Viterbi School of Engineering announced its annual Viterbi honorees.
The Viterbi Awards are a school tradition since 1978, and recognize outstanding members of the engineering community as well as USC Viterbi School of Engineering alumni who have made lasting contributions to science and engineering. The three categories of awards include the Global Leadership in Engineering Award, the Daniel J. Epstein Engineering Management Award, and the Mark A. Stevens Distinguished Alumni Award.

The 2016 honorees include:
2016 Global Leadership in Engineering Award: Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, Chairperson and Managing Director of Biocon Limited

The Global Leadership in Engineering Award recognizes individuals of consistent, outstanding professional achievement, who have made contributions to the field of engineering on a global scale.

2016 Daniel J. Epstein Engineering Management Award: Thomas E. Vice, Corporate Vice President, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems

The Daniel J. Epstein Engineering Management Award is named for USC engineering alumnus, Daniel J. Epstein and is s presented to an industry leader in recognition of his/her exemplary professional accomplishments and in acknowledgement of his/her exceptional contributions to the field of engineering management.

2016 Mark A. Stevens Distinguished Alumni Award: Bryan B. Min, Founder & CEO of Epsilon Systems Solutions, Inc.

Named after a distinguished engineer, entrepreneur, venture capitalist and USC engineering alumnus, Mark A. Stevens, The Mark A. Stevens Distinguished Alumni Award is presented to a Viterbi alumnus and industry leader in recognition of his/her exemplary professional accomplishments and in acknowledgement of his/her exceptional contributions to the field of engineering.
“It is a great privilege for USC Viterbi to be in the position to honor these three outstanding individuals who have substantially impacted the world through the power of engineering and technology,” said Dean Yannis C. Yortsos, Dean of the Viterbi School of Engineering.”

The awards will be presented at a gala on April 20th. Previous Viterbi Award honorees have included Elon Musk, Tesla Motors and Space Exploration Technologies; Ronald N. Tutor, Tutor Perini Corporation; Narayana Murthy ,Infosys; Patrick Soon-Shiong; Ming Hsieh; Wanda Austin; Kenneth Koo, Chairman, TCC Steamship Co; John Mork; Andrew Viterbi; and Marie La Fond.

To learn more about the Viterbi Awards, please visit: http://viterbi.usc.edu/alumni/viterbiawards/

About Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw
Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, a pioneering biotech entrepreneur, is the Chairperson and Managing Director of Biocon, Asia’s leading bio-pharmaceuticals enterprise. Named among TIME magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world, she is recognized as a global thought leader for Biotechnology. Under her stewardship, Biocon has evolved since its inception in 1978 from an industrial enzymes company to a fully-integrated, innovation-led, emerging global biopharmaceutical enterprise committed to reduce therapy costs of chronic conditions like diabetes, cancer and autoimmune diseases.

As a global influencer, she is ranked among, ‘World's 25 Most Influential People in Biopharma’, by Fierce Biotech, TIME magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world, Forbes ‘100 Most Powerful Women’, and Fortune’s ‘Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Asia-Pacific.’ The U.S.-based Chemical Heritage Foundation conferred her with the ‘2014 Othmer Gold Medal’ and Germany-based Kiel Institute for the World Economy awarded her its coveted ‘2014 Global Economy Prize’ for Business. More recently, she has featured in ‘The Worldview 100 List’ of the most influential visionaries, by US-based Scientific American magazine and has been ranked Second among the 100 Most Influential People in the field of medicine in the ‘Global Medicine Maker Power List 2015’ published by a top UK-based medical publication.

At home, Ms. Shaw has been awarded with the Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan, the most coveted Civilian National Awards of India.

Ms. Mazumdar-Shaw is also an Independent Member of the Board of Infosys, a global leader in consulting, technology and outsourcing solutions. She is also the Chairperson of the Board of Governors of the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore

About Thomas E. Vice
Thomas E. Vice is corporate vice president and president of Northrop Grumman’s Aerospace Systems sector, a premier provider of manned and autonomous systems, space systems, missile systems and advanced technologies critical to the nation’s security. He is a member of the company’s corporate policy council.

Mr. Vice leads the Aerospace Systems sector, which is headquartered in Redondo Beach, Calif., and is an approximately $10 billion business with approximately 23,000 employees. Its major operations are in Redondo Beach, El Segundo, Palmdale and San Diego, Calif.; Bethpage, N.Y.; and Melbourne and St. Augustine, Fla.

Previously, he was corporate vice president and president of Northrop Grumman’s Technical Services sector, a recognized leader in integrated logistics and modernization, defense and government services and training solutions. Mr. Vice led businesses at more than 300 locations in all 50 states and 29 countries, supporting a diverse customer base, including the U.S. departments of Defense, Energy, Homeland Security, State and the Interior as well as NASA.

Mr. Vice joined Northrop Grumman as an engineer on the B-2 program in 1986 and has held many positions in various sectors including vice president of Business and Advanced Systems Development for the Air Combat Systems business area, vice president of Airborne Early Warning and Battle Management Command and Control – Navy programs, sector vice president for the former Integrated Systems sector’s Eastern Region and sector vice president and general manager of the Battle Management and Engagement Systems division for the Aerospace Systems sector.

Mr. Vice earned a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Southern California. He has completed numerous advanced management programs, including the Advanced Program Management course at the Defense Systems Management College; Strategic Marketing of Technology Products and Management of Technology and Innovation programs at the California Institute of Technology; Executive Marketing at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management; and the Corporate Strategy Management Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Mr. Vice serves on the board of trustees for the Florida Institute of Technology, on the board of advisors for Purdue University’s School of Astronautics and Aeronautics, is on the board of governors for the USO as well as on the Board of Councilors for the USC Viterbi School of Engineering.

About Bryan B. Min
Mr. Min is a U.S. Navy veteran and the Founder & CEO of Epsilon Systems Solutions, Inc. Established in 1998 “out of a garage” in San Diego, Epsilon has grown to more than 20 U.S. locations while providing professional and technical services and innovative products to the Federal government effecting critical national security, nuclear and environmental issues.

As an immigrant from South Korea, he got his start at USC while training as a Midshipman in the NROTC program. Upon receiving his Bachelor’s degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the Viterbi School of Engineering, he received his commission as an Ensign and served our nation for 12 years on active and reserve duty in the elite nuclear submarine force qualifying as a naval nuclear engineer. He subsequently received a Master’s degree in Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech, and an MPA from Harvard University.

Complementing his passion for learning and education, Mr. Min serves on various school boards, including the USC Viterbi School of Engineering and the Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering. He is also a Founder of the ESSential Foundation, which is focused in supporting microfinance, athletics and educational organizations to improve and to expand sustainable, affordable, Christ-centered education and business ventures in the developing world.

For his patriotism, entrepreneurial vision, and the impact he has had on his community and country, Mr. Min has received numerous military, business and community recognitions from various organizations including the United States Congress, U.S. Navy and Ernst & Young, as well as currently serves on the USC Viterbi’s Board of Councilors.

He is married to Julie Min, a UCLA alumna. Their son Brandon is also a Trojan studying at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering and their daughter, Brittany, a high school senior, is an aspiring Trojan.

A recent gift by the Min family to USC Viterbi established a student business model competition to fund startups with a socially assistive bent.The Min Family Engineering Social Entrepreneurship Challenge competition provides the opportunity for students to use innovations in engineering and technology to develop sustainable and effective solutions to positively affect global issues.

About the USC Viterbi School of Engineering
Engineering Studies began at the University of Southern California in 1905. Nearly a century later, the Viterbi School of Engineering received a naming gift in 2004 from alumnus Andrew J. Viterbi, inventor of the Viterbi algorithm now key to cell phone technology and numerous data applications. One of the school’s guiding principles is engineering +, a coined termed by current Dean Yannis C. Yortsos, to use the power of engineering to address the world’s greatest challenges. USC Viterbi is ranked among the top graduate programs in the world and enrolls more than 6,500 undergraduate and graduate students taught by 185 tenured and tenure-track faculty, with 73 endowed chairs and professorships.