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September2011

September 1, 2011

CHAIRS' MESSAGE

  Welcome to the inaugural edition of the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering Newswire! It is a monthly electronic newsletter that highlights recent developments in our academic and research programs, faculty and student news, honors and awards, and upcoming events.  Please click on the links to explore the details.

Click here to read an Extended Message from the Chairs.

RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS

  Researchers at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering have made a significant step in the use of nanotechnologies to mimic brain functions. They have built a carbon nanotube circuit whose behavior in tests reproduces the function of a neuron input, the synapse, a key building block of the brain. continue reading
  A USC Viterbi research team has been awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to conduct a series of experiments that will accelerate electrons in shorter distances than have ever been achieved. continue reading

FACULTY HONORS

  Bhaskar Krishnamachari of the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering will receive the 2010 Eta Kappa Nu Outstanding Young Electrical and Computer Engineer Award. Eta Kappa Nu is the honor society for electrical and computer engineering. continue reading
  Andrew J. Viterbi (Ph.D. USC EE, 1962) - communications pioneer, teacher, entrepreneur, humanitarian, and the School's namesake - was selected to receive honors this year from three diverse organizations, each of which will laud the expansive reach of his career. continue reading
  Andy Molisch of the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering received the James Evans Avant Garde Award of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society. This award recognizes leadership and continuing contributions in promoting new technology in the field of Vehicular Communications and Electronics. continue reading

DEPARTMENT HIGHLIGHT

  The Ming Hsieh Institute (MHI) launched on July 1, 2010, with an endowment gift from alumnus Ming Hsieh. One of the main goals of the Institute is to position our department at the forefront in thought leadership in the world in the area of electrical engineering, and specifically in the development of intelligent technologies to empower mankind. Visit the MHI website to learn more.

EVENTS

  Dr. Julia Brown, Senior Vice President, Universal Display Corporation, will give a talk on September 28, 2011 entitled "Lighting the Way with Organic Light Emitting Devices," as part of the Munushian Visiting Seminar Series. For more information please check the website.
  Dr. Brian Anderson, Distinguished Professor, Australian National University will give a talk on October 3, 2011 entitled "Control and Information Architectures for Formations," as part of the EE Distinguished Lecture Series. For more information please check the website.

IN MEMORIAM

  Professor T.C. Cheng (1944 - 2011)

Tsen-Chung Cheng, an internationally known authority on power systems who was part of the Viterbi School's "Smart Grid" research initiative, passed away in his sleep July 12 at his San Marino home. He is survived by his wife Doris and son Jason. A memorial in his honor took place July 23. continue reading