The HOT List

These are the best of times at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. Faculty research, innovation, student achievement and program quality have reached unprecedented heights.
To shine a light on some of our recent accomplishments, we have created The Hot List. The following represent a few of our greatest hits:

The Princeton Review has again named USC Games, a collaboration between USC Viterbi’s Department of Computer Science and the USC School of Cinematic Arts, as the No. 1 video game program in the U.S.

The American Society for Engineering Education recently awarded USC Viterbi the ASEE President’s Award for promoting diversity in engineering. The ASEE also recognized the school as a national leader in helping veterans transition to civilian life.

INTRAM, a USC Viterbi student-led team that is developing an app to improve post-stroke care, represented USC and the U.S. at the National Academy of Engineering’s Global Grand Challenge business model competition in Washington, D.C., in July. INTRAM was one of only five U.S. finalists, along with five from the U.K. and five from China.

44 percent of USC Viterbi’s entering Fall 2017 students are women — double the national average. At the graduate level, USC Viterbi has the most female graduate students in the nation at 1,582, according to U.S. News & World Report.

The USC Center on Advanced Manufacturing opened in February, becoming the premier research and innovation center on advanced manufacturing in the greater Los Angeles area. It will not only serve the academic community, but also help support the fast-growing technological ecosystem in Silicon Beach.

Mark Davis, a renowned chemical engineer and expert in nanomedicine, has joined USC from Caltech. Davis is one of only a few researchers worldwide elected to the three national academies: the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Medicine.

Four USC Viterbi female junior faculty members have been honored with an endowed chair: Nora Ayanian, assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science; Stacey Finley and Megan McCain, both assistant professors in the Department of Biomedical Engineering; and Kelly Sanders, assistant professor in the Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

The USC AeroDesign Team took first place this year at the AIAA Design•Build•Fly competition. The student-led group competed against more than 100 collegiate teams in showcasing the capabilities of homemade, radio-controlled aircraft.

HonestFi — a startup that offers a mobile application to provide financial services such as check cashing, fund advances and prepaid cards to low-income individuals without high commissions — won the 2017 Min Family Engineering Social Entrepreneurship Challenge, along with the $25,000 grand prize.

Jung Kian Ng, B.S., M.S. ME ’14, has won a prestigious Rhodes Scholarship to pursue graduate studies at England’s Oxford University.

USC’s chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers was named Best Large Chapter of the Year at the 43rd NSBE National Convention in Kansas City, Missouri. The annual convention is one of the largest gatherings of black STEM talent across the United States.

The USC Center for Artificial Intelligence in Society (CAIS) — a joint venture of the
USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work and USC Viterbi — hosted its first Visiting Fellows Program this summer focused on using AI to help solve complex societal problems.