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2009 News Archive

News Archive


TrialX wins Semantic Web Challenge 2009  
December 23, 2009
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Professor Jay Kuo Named Electronic Imaging Scientist of the Year  
December 23, 2009
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Three From Viterbi School Win AAAS Honors  
December 17, 2009
Michael Kassner, Shrikanth Narayanan, and Viktor Prasanna are now Fellows of the American Society for the Advancement of Science.
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December 04, 2009
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Four Viterbi Faculty Elected IEEE Fellows  
December 03, 2009
"Ted Berger, Danny Cohen, Bart Kosko and Gerhard Kramer are four very talented and exceptional individuals with outstanding records of academic achievement," noted Dean Yannis C. Yortos.
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Four Viterbi School Teaching Assistants Win CET Awards  
December 03, 2009
Jared Fortune (ISE), Dan Hong (AME), Khiza Mazwi (Mork Derpartment) and Ashok Patel (Hsieh Department) receive Excellence in Teaching commendations.
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Andrew J. Viterbi and Barry Boehm to Receive 2010 IEEE Medals  
December 02, 2009
The USC Presidential chair, trustee and alumnus who is the namesake of the Viterbi School of Engineering and the founder and co-director of the USC Center for Software and Systems Engineering are tapped for highly prestigious recognition.
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Viterbi Ph.D. Students Learn about Careers in Academia  
December 01, 2009
In a one-day seminar, a faculty panel shared their experiences, discussing the benefits of a career in academia with more than 100 doctoral candidates.
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Shri Narayanan and Antonio Ortega Earn Distinction as Distinguished Lecturers  
November 23, 2009
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Ashok Patel Receives USC Award for Excellence In Teaching  
November 23, 2009
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 Viktor Prasanna Wins Two Conference Paper Awards  
November 23, 2009
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Aurora —  Infosys Technologies Ltd’s Technology Conference and Showcase — Lights Up Davidson Center  
November 23, 2009
Subu Goparaju was one of the "Infoscions" who attended the recent “thought sharing and collaboration event that brings together the best academicians, researchers, practitioners and thought leaders” at the USC Viterbi School.
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Rahul Jain Wins Best Paper Award  
November 19, 2009
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Viterbi School Part of Network Science Center  
November 18, 2009
Ramesh Govindan will lead the USC's Viterbi School of Engineering partnership in an interdisciplinary communication networks research center, sharing $35.5 million in funding over 10 years.
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November 18, 2009
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Nobel Laureate Robert Laughlin Delivers 2009 Munushian Lecture  
November 16, 2009
Introduced by Hsieh Department chairman Eun Sok Kim, the renowned physicist spoke about academia's lost topics of science.
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November 10, 2009
Dr. Roger Brockett of Harvard University discusses "Control Science, Artificial Intelligence, and the Use of Statistical Methods".
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USC SAIL Researchers Win the Interspeech 2009 Emotion Challenge Award  
November 05, 2009
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KNOWME Project Wins Body Computing Slam Contest  
November 02, 2009
Faculty members from the Ming Hsieh and Computer Science departments teamed up with a Keck School professor to win the Best Technology Award at a recent conference on implantable medical devices held at USC.
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Viterbi School Associate Dean Profiled in <i>The New Yorker</i>  
October 29, 2009
"Born in Belgrade, in what was then Yugoslavia, Maja Matarić originally wanted to study languages and art," begins a 5000-word feature entitled "Robots That Care." The ending: "But robotic interaction should not replace human interaction," she said. "It should only improve it."
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Monte Ung Promoted to Professor of Engineering Practice  
October 26, 2009
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Appointment of Professor Krishnamachari to Ming Hsieh Faculty Fellow in Electrical Engineering  
October 26, 2009
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Intel Fellow Creating a System to Automatically Recognize Emotion  
October 25, 2009
Emily Mower's research may allow synthetic agents (robots and computer avatars) to understand human expressions of emotion. She presented her most recent findings at the 10th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association held in Brighton, UK.
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October 16, 2009
The annual Ice Cream Social hosted by the Ming Hsieh EE Department was on 9/30/09.
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Teaching Science: Why Not Do It Scientifically?  
October 15, 2009
Nobel Laureate Carl Wieman brought his message that current methods of teaching subjects like physics, chemistry and engineering are inefficient to about 100 USC faculty members -- and left behind continuing interest.
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Double Distinction: Hsieh Department Assistant Professor Wins Two Prestigious Research Grants  
September 27, 2009
Nanophotonics specialist Michelle Povinelli receives both Army Research Office Young Investigator Award and National Science Foundation CAREER Award
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2009 State of the Viterbi School  
September 25, 2009
Five-month old Charlotte Aquarelle Bayona Chew was the youngest listener to Dean Yannis C. Yortsos' September 23 report to engineering faculty and staff
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September 22, 2009
Viterbi researchers Panayiotis Georgiou and Shrikanth Narayanan partner with communication and health professionals to create a speech-to-speech (S2S) translation system for clinics and emergency rooms.
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Martin Gundersen Assists in  
September 16, 2009
The Hsieh Department professor's role in the Catalyst Workshop, a DOD-funded effort to train scientists and engineers as screenwriter/directors, is explored in an L.A. Times feature about the first film to come out of the program.
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Target:  
September 04, 2009
P. Daniel Dapkus of the Hsieh Department and Professor of Chemistry Mark Thompson discuss the research plans for the Energy Frontiers Research Center for Emerging Materials for Solar Energy Conversion and Solid State Lighting, recently funded by the U.S. Department of Energy/ (Video)
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Timothy Pinkston Named Senior Associate Dean  
September 01, 2009
The Ming Hsieh Department professor's new responsibilities include student recruitment and retention.
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<b> New York Times</b> Reports on Alan Willner’s Work with Hewlett-Packard  
August 19, 2009
The New York Times article notes, "Alan E. Willner, an electrical engineer at the University of Southern California, is one of those academics (working with industry). He is an expert in photonics, using light photons instead of electrons to transmit information.”
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Eun Sok Kim New Chair of Ming Hsieh Dept of Electrical Engineering-Electrophysics  
August 18, 2009
Professor Eun Sok Kim was recently appointed Chair of the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering-Electrophysics, beginning a three-year term running through 2012.
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EFRC Director Earns New Honor  
August 13, 2009
P. Daniel Dapkus will be awarded the International Symposium on Compound Semiconductors’s (ISCS) 2009 Welker Award at its symposium at the end of August.
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Undergrad Summer Interns Present Their Research  
August 07, 2009
Thirty-eight students from the U.S., India and China wind up their USC projects — and many will return to the Viterbi School as grad students
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VOA Reports on USC Engineering Interns from India  
July 27, 2009
The Voice of America Hindi language video channel focuses on the success of students from IIT Kharagpur in the Viterbi School's summer undergraduate research program
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<b>L.A. Business Journal</b> Reports on New Viterbi M.S. Degrees  
July 20, 2009
"'We’re responding to what we perceive are needs and demands,' said Dean Yannis Yortsos. 'We offer an immediate way for engineers out there to specialize in these new areas of economic growth.'"
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Jeff Draper Promoted to Research Associate Professor  
July 16, 2009
Jeff Draper has been promoted to Research Associate Professor in the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering, effective immediately. His research is in computer architecture and chip design.
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Viterbi School Reorganizes and Upgrades Professional Education Programs  
July 10, 2009
The Viterbi School of Engineering has made education for engineering professionals a top priority, ranking alongside graduate research and undergraduate study.
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Research Interns Picnic in Archimedes Quad  
July 08, 2009
Dozens of the talented undergraduates spending summer at the Viterbi School working intensively with faculty gathered on a sunny Wednesday for burgers, hotdogs and conviviality.
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Buen Viaje, César Piña  
July 07, 2009
A large and enthusiastic group gathered to toast a great Viterbi School success story -- ISI's MOSIS chip brokerage -- and the 22-year career of the director who orchestrated that success.
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Famed Computer Scientist Comes to Chair Viterbi Department  
June 26, 2009
Gödel prizewinner Shang-Hua Teng comes to USC from Boston University; Dean Yortsos also names Kim to lead EE/E, extensions of chair terms in BME, Astani, and EE-Systems, and an interim appointment in AME.
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Two from Viterbi School Named  
June 26, 2009
Yong Chen (Epstein Department) and Andreas Molisch (Hsieh Department) are among 88 exceptional researchers selected to take part in the NAE's 15th annual U.S.Frontiers of Engineering symposium
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Kenneth Klein, BMEE ’82, elected USC Trustee  
June 25, 2009
The namesake donor of the Klein Institute for Undergraduate Engineering Life, 2008 Viterbi School commencement keynoter and CEO/President of Wind River Systems Inc. is now a member of the university's governing board.
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Two Hsieh Faculty Members Receive NSF CAREER Awards  
June 24, 2009
The National Science Foundation has named the Viterbi School's Stephen Cronin and Hossein Hashemi as winners of highly competitive grants for young researchers.
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June 18, 2009
"Chunqi Jiang at the University of Southern California and her colleagues have come up with a dental plasma torch. [She] reckoned that a cold plasma rich in oxygen ions would do the job of breaking up biofilm without harming the patient." -- The Economist
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NBC Nightly News Reports on BMES's Artificial Retina  
June 18, 2009
Work by Dr. Mark Humayun and collaborators including Armand Tanguay of the Ming Hsieh Department was a featured segment on the evening newscast, and on MSNBC.
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<b>DrBicuspid.com</b> Shines a Light on Viterbi Pulse-Plasma Dental Probe  
June 17, 2009
"Scanning electron microscopy showed complete destruction of endodontic biofilms inside a root canal after plasma treatment, according to Chunqi Jiang, a research assistant professor in USC's Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering."
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Noted Wireless Communications Expert Joins the USC Viterbi Faculty  
June 16, 2009
Andreas F. Molisch, an internationally noted researcher in wireless technologies and the winner of the Wireless Educator of the Year Award for 2009 from the Global Wireless Education Consortium, has joined the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering.
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Alan Willner Wins Second Year as HP Innovation Research Award Recipient  
June 15, 2009
The Ming Hsieh Department photonics expert is one of 60 researchers nationwide to be selected by the Hewlett-Packard Company program.
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NAE Grand Challenges Summit Co-Hosts Announce the Grand Challenge Scholars Program  
June 15, 2009
Selected engineering students at USC, Duke University, and Olin College who follow a special program with five challenge-related elements will receive a special honors designation along with their diplomas.
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The Toothbrush of Tomorrow? Dental School Testing Chunqi Jiang's Plasma Plaque-Blaster  
June 11, 2009
A pulsed-power device destroys dental decay bacteria biofilms rapidly and completely in early tests; may someday replace painful root canal surgery — and even find a place above home bathroom sinks.
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Viterbi School and Tsinghua U. Deepen Relationship after Three Years of Workshops and Student Exchanges  
June 01, 2009
Dean Yannis C. Yortsos, now a member of the elite Chinese institution's advisory board, signed an agreement creating a new joint research center on "Green and Smart" energy IT
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June 01, 2009
Commencement Reception on May 15, 2009
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A Quicker, Cheaper SARS Virus Detector — One Easily Customizable for Other Targets  
May 27, 2009
USC researchers say they've made a big improvement in a new breed of electronic detectors for viruses and other biological materials — one that may be a valuable addition to the battle against epidemics.
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i-Podium™ Education Cooperation Program Will Link Viterbi School and Peking University  
May 27, 2009
In a ceremony in Beijing, Deans Yannis C. Yortsos and Shiyi Chen signed a Memorandum of Understanding establishing a unique link between their two schools.
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USC Alumnus-Astronaut Tapped to Lead NASA  
May 27, 2009
The White House named Charles F. Bolden Jr. (MS - Systems Management '77), a former combat pilot, Marine Corps major general and veteran space shuttle commander -- and USC trustee as the space agency's next administrator.
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A Software Program for Aspiring Rock Stars Everywhere  
May 25, 2009
Ching-Hua Chuan, Ph.D. alumna of Elaine Chew's Music Computation and Cognition Lab, is the subject of "The Great Gig," the cover story of the magazine of the Florida university where she now teaches.
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Ming Hsieh Department Professor Wins High Honor  
May 20, 2009
The ASSE Keillor award to Alice Parker “recognizes and honors outstanding women engineering educators.”
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Technion Israel Institute of Technology is the Viterbi School's Newest International Partner  
May 19, 2009
Viterbi School Dean Yannis C. Yortsos and Technion Senior VP Paul Feigin signed a memorandum of understanding at a meeting in Haifa in early May.
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Commencement 2009  
May 18, 2009
The Viterbi School shines brightly at USC’s 126th Commencement, and at the Viterbi undergraduate and graduate ceremonies where standardv bearer Torey Marshall and 2056 others won degrees
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Viterbi School Sweeps  Academic Senate Honors  
May 18, 2009
The USC faculty's representative body conferred Distinguished Service Awards for 2009 on Solomon Golomb, Sandeep Gupta, and Maja Matarić
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ACM 2009 Honorees include Two Ming Hsieh Department  Faculty Members  
May 13, 2009
Murali Annavaram and Timothy Pinkston of the Computer Engineering division have won election as senior members of the Association for Computing Machinery.
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Two Viterbi School Professors Now  
May 12, 2009
The Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering Systems is the professional home of two new holders of the honor bestowed by the International Fuzzy Systems Association.
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Paul VanWieren: Adventurer by Bus, Bike and Foot  
May 11, 2009
A soft-spoken biomedical engineering grad with an electrical engineering emphasis will speak at the May 15 commencement ceremony as USC's 126th valedictorian.
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MRI Expert Honored by GE Healthcare  
May 07, 2009
Krishna Nayak has received a 2009 GE (General Electric) Healthcare Thought Leader Award for his research in magnetic resonance cardiac imaging.
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Hsieh Department Faculty Member Named  
May 06, 2009
The Global Wireless Education Consortium recognized Andreas F. Molisch for outstanding contributions in teaching, research, and collaboration with academic peers and the industry.
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Networking Theorist Wins Tenure  
May 06, 2009
Konstantinos (Kostas) Psounis of the Ming Hsieh 
Department of Electrical Engineering has been promoted to Associate Professor.
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Faculty Mentors Grad Students on Academic Careers  
May 04, 2009
Five Viterbi faculty and Associate Dean Margie Berti gave more than 100 doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows tips on academic careers.
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USC Wins DOE Energy Frontier Research Center  
April 30, 2009
The U.S. Department of Energy has designated the Viterbi School as the site of a Center for Emerging Materials for Solar Energy Conversion and Solid State Lighting, to be directed by Ming Hsieh Department co-chair P. Daniel Dapkus.
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Krishna Nayak Promoted to Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering  
April 28, 2009
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Murali Annavaram Elected IEEE Senior Member  
April 27, 2009
Ming Hsieh EE Faculty Member Murali Annavaram Elected Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Senior Member
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Viterbi School Family Hears About Victories and Celebrates Excellence  
April 25, 2009
This is the State of the School speech delivered by Senior Associate Dean John O'Brien at the April 23 Faculty-Staff Luncheon, with photos of all the award winners.
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Kostas Psounis Elected to Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) as Senior Member  
April 24, 2009
Konstantinos (Kostas) Psounis of the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering was recently elected to the rank of Senior Member by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).
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Viterbi Annenberg Graduate Fellows Demonstrate Novel Research Results  
April 23, 2009
Several Viterbi graduate students who received Annenberg Graduate Fellowships will demonstrate applications of their research at a symposium to be held at Town & Gown on April 27.
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Viterbi School Artists in Many Media Shine in KIUEL Showcase  
April 22, 2009
The Klein Institute for Undergraduate Engineering Life encourages students like Michelle Dee to develop talents beyond those taught in engineering classes.
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Viterbi School and Olin College Extend Partnership  
April 16, 2009
The Viterbi School and the Olin College of Engineering have signed an agreement to make the Viterbi Integrated Masters of Science Program (VIP) available to select Olin students.
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April 15, 2009
On the Today Show, Senior Associate Dean Maja Mataric‘ discusses the promise and potential of "socially assistive robotics," a term she invented, in the treatment of ASD.
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California Club Fills with Viterbi Faculty, Alumni, and Friends  
April 13, 2009
Thomas Reed, Don Paul,and Narayana Murthy received honors at the 2009 Awards Banquet; Rachel Lauren sang, and a good time was had by all.
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Petros Ioannou Recognized for Smart Vehicle Research  
April 07, 2009
The Hsieh Department specialist has received the IEEE Intelligent Transportation System Society Best Practice Award for pioneering work on now widely used "adaptive cruise control" systems.
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<B>LA Times</b> on  
April 01, 2009
"In the past, very talented kids would go into business school," said Yannis C. Yortsos. But now "they may go into engineering instead." ME senior Loni Iverson says she "became an engineer because of alternative energy."
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Antonio Ortega to serve as Hsieh Department Associate Chair  
March 31, 2009
Signals specialist's responsibilities will include teaching assistantships and other financial aid, faculty teaching assignments, and student recruiting and retention.
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Electrophysics Group Receives New Funding to Build Plasma Acceleration Facility at Stanford  
March 27, 2009
A collaboration of accelerator physicists, including researchers in the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering, has received $13 million in federal funding over the next two years to build a facility for advanced accelerator experimental tests.
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An Alternative to CMOS, and Other Nanovistas  
March 24, 2009
In recent papers, Chongwu Zhou's research teams have dramatically demonstrated new possibilities for single-atom thick carbon cylinders as possible substitutes for traditional silicon chips, a $270+ billion/year business.
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Engineers Use Magnetic Resonance Imaging for Linguistic Studies  
March 17, 2009
Imaging the soft tissues of the vocal tract in real-time could explain some of the mysteries of human speech production.
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MySpace Exec to Teach at USC This Fall  
March 13, 2009
Chief Technology Officer Aber Whitcomb will work with teams of students developing new social website applications, which will preview on his company's popular portal.
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March 11, 2009
A Washington Post feature focuses on socially assistive robots: "That term was coined by Maja J. Mataric´, director of the Center for Robotics and Embedded Systems at the University of Southern California, and her research group."
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Summit on the National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenges  
March 10, 2009
Complete coverage of the meeting held March 2-3 at Duke University with the Viterbi School and Olin College as co-sponsors and Dean Yannis C. Yortsos summarizing.
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Accuracy About Uncertainty: Computational Modelers to Return to USC to Refine Their Art  
March 06, 2009
The Viterbi School's Roger Ghanem and Demetrios Spanos are bringing together "leading scientists from physics-based modeling, network science and social networks" for a two-day meeting.
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Fold Up Your Own NAE Grand Challenge Icosahedron  
March 02, 2009
This polyhedron is ready to download! (You can also catch up on what happened at the March 2-3 Summit at Duke University).
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Viterbi School Alumnus Robert M. Gray Delivers 2009 Viterbi Lecture to an Audience With Many Familiar Faces  
February 27, 2009
The distinguished senior scientist, now at Stanford, happily re-connected with numerous USC classmates, colleagues, collaborators, former students and old friends.
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USC Salutes Its Two Newest National Academy of Engineering Members  
February 26, 2009
The Viterbi School's 'best of the best,' including six NAE members, gather to congratulate George Olah and Robert Scholtz for their election to engineering’s most prestigious organization.
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Half Century Trojan Engineers Return to USC  
February 23, 2009
Half Century Trojan Day was a homecoming of sorts for 16 silver-haired Trojans, all of whom graduated from USC’s Viterbi School of Engineering 50 years ago or more.
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Upgrading the Downlink  
February 19, 2009
Electrical engineering professor Giuseppe Caire is working to make the promise of the iPhone come true.
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Nobel Laureate Charles Townes Keynotes EE Department Jack Munushian Lecture  
February 13, 2009
Inventor of the laser says the technology was misunderstood at first, but within a relatively brief period, had found many useful applications.
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Viterbi School Establishes New Early Career Chair in Electrical Engineering  
February 12, 2009
Early Career Chair will support faculty who show exceptional distinction and promise within their fields.
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Viterbi School Graduate Wins New IEEE Award for Innovative Doctoral Work  
February 10, 2009
At USC, Themos Kallos studied the development of next-generation particle accelerators by harnessing electric fields generated in plasmas.
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Olah, Scholtz Named to the National Academy of Engineering  
February 06, 2009
Two Viterbi School faculty members are elected to engineering's most prestigious advisory body, making USC one of only six schools in the nation with two or more elected members each of the last two years.
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Sanjit Mitra Wins Athanasios Papoulis Award  
February 04, 2009
An internationally reputed scholar in analog and digital signal and image processing in the Hsieh Department has won a prestigious engineering education award.
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Conversations with Alumnae  
February 03, 2009
Five Viterbi School women graduates share their experiences making the transition to professional life in a lively Q & A with undergraduate juniors and seniors.
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Daily Trojan Features Engineers Without Borders Water Project  
February 02, 2009
The Viterbi School chapter says work on a new water system in two small Honduran towns could begin this spring.
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Hsieh Plaque Unveiled  
January 30, 2009
Faculty, staff and students gather to celebrate a new plaque commemorating the department's naming.
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Ming Hsieh Department Team Building  
January 28, 2009
Alice Parker co-leads an NSF-funded study constructing a non-silicon-electronics- based 3D testbed in which nanotube "synapses" can be connected and then reconnected to understand how neuron signals spread in dense nerve tissue.
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UPI Features EE Team's Groundbreaking Brain Nanocircuit Project        
January 28, 2009
A team of electrical engineers at USC is applying nanocarbon technology to synthesize neural activity in the brain in a three-year, NSF-funded investigation.
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Engineers Without Borders Project Nears Milestone  
January 26, 2009
Two years in the making, a project to pump fresh water into two towns in rural Honduras may break ground this spring, thanks to the Viterbi School's undergraduate engineering students.
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Prasanna to Receive Outstanding Engineering Alumnus Award  
January 26, 2009
Penn State University will salute one of its own — a Viterbi School professor — for outstanding accomplishments.
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Beerel to Receive IEEE Region 6 Award  
January 22, 2009
Ming Hsieh Department associate professor will receive the "2008 Outstanding Engineer Award."
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IEEE Recognizes Seven Ming Hsieh Department Electrical Engineering Faculty  
January 20, 2009
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers turns the spotlight on Viterbi School engineers who have made exceptional contributions to their fields.
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Viterbi Grad Student-Developed iPhone App Is iTunes Bestseller  
January 15, 2009
iPhone users are listening to more than 4000 radio stations thanks to work by Jin Pei Li (EE), Lecturer Dr. Marco Papa, Raed Shomali (CS) and Chaitanya Ramavajjala (CS).
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Viterbi School to Co-Host Grand Challenges Summit  
January 08, 2009
A first-of-a-kind national engineering conference, to be held March 2-3, 2009, is designed to address key issues in sustainability, health, national security and quality of life.
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