A Remarkable Trajectory

Timeline of Recent Highlights at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering

  1. January 5, 2023: Professor Azad Madni announced as winner of the National Academy of Engineering’s (NAE) Bernard M. Gordon Prize, the top award in engineering education. It was the second year in a row a Trojan received the honor.
  2. February 7, 2023: The National Academy of Engineering announced that Professor Costas Synolakis and Emeritus Professor Gérard Medioni have been elected into the prestigious academy.
  3. March 30, 2023: The USC Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT), a global leader in virtual humans, graphics, AI and mixed reality, announced as part of USC Viterbi. The affiliation was made official earlier that year on January 1.
  4. April 5, 2023: Following one of the nation’s largest-ever gifts to a biomedical engineering department, USC Viterbi inaugurated the Alfred E. Mann Department of Biomedical Engineering.
  5. January 5, 2023: USC launched the single largest comprehensive academic initiative in the university’s history: Frontiers of Computing. The $1 billion-plus initiative, backed by a $260 million gift from the Lord Foundation, will expand and infuse advanced computing throughout the university’s programs and curriculum with ethics at its core.
  6. August 15, 2023: The USC Viterbi entering class achieved gender parity for the fifth year in a row.
  7. September 8, 2023: Almost 50 years since its inception in 1976, USC’s computer science department celebrated the unveiling of its new name: the Thomas Lord Department of Computer Science.
  8. September 20, 2023: The school’s center for Center for Engineering Diversity is named after Professor John Slaughter, whom Dean Yannis Yortsos called “arguably the most important Black engineer in American history.”
  9. September 28, 2023: Department of Defense awards nearly $27 million for a USC Viterbi-led coalition to boost microelectronics production for 5G/6G. The hub, known as California DREAMS, was one of only eight selected in the U.S.
  10. September 29, 2023: The Grand Challenges Scholars Program network, a reimagining of 21st Century engineers, moved to USC. The national program, adopted by nearly 100 universities, was co-created by Dean Yortsos.
  11. October 23, 2023: Darin Gray, director of the USC Viterbi’s K-12 STEM Center, accepted the prestigious Global Engineering Deans Council Diversity Award of 2023. The center also received the 2023 ASEE Hall of Fame Award.
  12. October 24, 2023: Professor Neil Siegel received the National Medal of Technology and Innovation. He is the fourth Trojan engineer to receive a national medal since 2007.
  13. February 1, 2024: USC launched its 23rd school, the USC School of Advanced Computing, a new unit of the USC Viterbi School. The school, a key feature of USC President Carol Folt’s Frontiers of Computing “moonshot,” will act as a nexus for advanced computing research and education across the university. Professor Gaurav Sukhatme, USC Viterbi executive vice dean, was appointed as the school’s inaugural director (see Q&A page 48).
  14. February 29, 2024: USC honored Andrew Viterbi and his late wife Erna with a 20th anniversary celebration of the couple’s 2004 naming gift.