A USC SCHOOL of Engineering state-of-the school address and awards ceremony was attended by 250 people at Town and Gown on April 16.
In his remarks, dean C. L. Max Nikias noted that the school recently placed eighth in the U.S. News & World Report rankings, but added, “We have some important work to do that goes far beyond other organizations’ ever-shifting standards for excellence.
“I can tell you that we will be focusing on three technologies that will shape our lives in the coming century: information technology/communications, biomedical technology and nanotechnology,” said Nikias.
HONORED at the event were:
• Robert Scholtz, professor of electrical engineering, who received the 2003 Senior Faculty Research Award. Scholtz’ area is ultra-wideband radio research, and he also recently was honored by the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society for the best paper in 2002.
• Shri Narayanan, assistant professor of electrical engineering and linguistics, received the 2003 Junior Faculty Research Award. Narayanan, who has produced two dozen papers in the past year, is an IMSC researcher and is also in the Signal and Image Processing Institute.
• Mike Crowley, a lecturer in computer science, received the Northrop-Grumman (TRW) Excellence in Teaching Award. He’s outstanding with freshman introductory courses, and he also teaches Java programming and operating systems.
• James Moore II, professor of civil and environmental engineering, who received the 2003 Service Award. Moore is chair of the Engineering Faculty Council, directs civil engineering’s Transportation Engineering Program, and mentors numerous students as a faculty-member-in-residence in the Honors House.
• Larry Lim, who received the 2003 Staff Achievement Award. Lim directs the Mathematics Engineering and Science Achievement (MESA) program, was head of the Minority Engineering Program from 1989 to 1996 and is active as a Good Neighbor faculty/staff volunteer.