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2014-2015

Member of the USC WiSE community regularly make headlines for their research and achievements. Please visit the links below for recent news about the WiSE Program and WiSE-affiliated faculty, students and postdoctoral scholars.

December 2014

Under the mentorship of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Assistant Professor, Veronica Eliasson, WiSE Undergraduate Fellow, Monica Nguyen, along with PhD student Qian Wan, recieved first prize in the student poster competition in the General Fluid Dynamics category at the 2014 American Physical Society’s 67th Annual DFD Meeting in San Francisco with their poster entitled, ” Experimental Investigation of Passive Shock Wave Mitigation Using Obstacle Arrangements”. The APS/DFD is the largest Fluid Mechanics meeting in the world with over 3000 participants and 36 parallel sessions. Monica presented the poster unaccompanied and competed with students up to a PhD level.

Eliasson Undergrad Photo

Pictured left to right: Dr. Veronica Eliasson, Monica Nguyen, Christopher Dougherty, Ryan Miller, Gauri Khanolkar

Sarah Feakins, Assistant Professor of Earth Sciences, was recently featured in the USC New’s article, “Scientists study the Amazon to discover effects of climate change”. Feakins and her colleague, Assistant Professor, Joshua West, recently traveled to Peru to study the part rivers and forests play in carbon cycling. For the full article and photos, please click here.

October 2014

The WiSE Community mourns the tragic loss of Professor Katrina Edwards (Biological Sciences, Marine and Environmental Biology). Professor Edwards passed away in late October. A link to her obituary can be found here. We offer our sincere condolences to  her family and colleagues.

September 2014

August 2014

The research of Simin Mehrabani, a PhD Student in Chemical Engineering and Materials Science working with Professor Andrea Armani, was featured in the USC New’s article, “Grad Student’s Illuminating Research Yields Reward.” Simin was recently honored by the Materials Research Society conference, where she and her team received a Silver Award for Research.

Assistant Professors Maryam Shanechi (Electrical Engineering) and Megan McCain (Biomedical Engineering) were included in MIT Technology Review’s 35 Innovators Under 35. 

The research of Assistant Professor Nora Ayanian (Computer Science) was featured in the USC News, “New USC Professor Sees Robots in Future.”

July 2014

Congratulations to Professor Ellis Meng (Biomedical Engineering) on receiving the 2014 Curtis W. McGraw Research Award from the Engineering Research Council, American Society for Engineering Education

Congratulations to Gigi Ragusa, who was recently promoted to Professor of Education Assessment Practice in the USC Viterbi School of Engineering!