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New appointments announced for USC faculty

Trojan trio receives new titles

USC President C. L. Max Nikias has appointed Barry Boehm and Jonathan Samet as Distinguished Professors and Eileen Crimmins as University Professor.

Boehm is the TRW Distinguished Professor in Software Engineering, professor of computer science and industrial and systems engineering, and founding director of the USC Center for Systems and Software Engineering at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and International Council on Systems Engineering.

“Much of the content and excitement of ‘my’ research results is provided by the highly talented and enthusiastic graduate students that USC attracts,” Boehm said. “I’d like to thank Presidents Sample and Nikias for their efforts in making USC a university that top students want to be part of.”

Boehm has honorary degrees from the University of Massachusetts and Chinese Academy of Sciences and has received the IEEE Simon Ramo Medal in recognition of his innovative solutions to the integration of systems engineering and software engineering.

A pioneer in the field of software engineering, Boehm’s research codified principles surrounding software development. The models he developed have revolutionized and laid the foundation for the development and production of increasingly complex software systems that are used regularly in all major social institutions, including transportation, education, banking and defense.

Samet is Flora L. Thornton Distinguished Chair of Preventive Medicine, chair and professor of preventive medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, and director of the USC Institute for Global Health. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine and fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. His honors include the Edward Livingston Trudeau Medal of the American Thoracic Society and American Lung Association, the Prince Mahidol Award in Public Health and two U.S. Surgeon General’s Medallions.

An internationally recognized expert on the effects of inhaled pollutants and environmental toxins, Samet’s research has shaped local, regional and national policies on environmental risks. His landmark contributions in the area of active and passive smoking led to the development and advancement of smoke-free policies around the world.

“I am deeply honored to have been named Distinguished Professor,” Samet said. “I have enjoyed my five years at USC and having such superb colleagues and students. I look ahead to more challenges in my field and working with colleagues here to find innovative ways to address them.”

Crimmins, holder of the AARP Chair in Gerontology, is professor of gerontology at the USC Davis School of Gerontology and director of the USC/UCLA Center of Biodemography and Population Health. She is a member of the Institute of Medicine and fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She has received the Robert W. Kleemeier Award, one of the highest honors from the Gerontological Society of America.

An internationally recognized expert on aging whose research focuses on the connections between socioeconomic factors and life expectancy and other health outcomes, Crimmins pioneered the development and modeling of the concept of healthy life expectancy to examine the interaction of trends in life expectancy and population health. Her work has clarified improvements in life expectancy that can be linked to increases in the prevalence of major diseases and disability in the population.

“The interdisciplinary work I have undertaken at USC has been one of the most satisfying aspects of my career,” Crimmins said. “To be appointed as a University Professor is a great honor and underscores USC’s commitment to an important paradigm shift in the way that academia conducts education and research.”

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