Marc Ballon is the senior editor and managing editor for the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. He has worked in higher education for seven years. Previously, he was a journalist, including stints at Forbes, Los Angeles Times and Inc. magazine.
Stories by Marc Ballon:
Renowned chemical engineer and nanomedicine pioneer joining USC
Mark E. Davis, whose work holds promise for cancer treatment, will join the faculties of USC Viterbi, Keck School of Medicine of USC and USC Dornsife this fall.
Life may get easier for glaucoma patients taking eye drops
A company named after the Greek god of healing develops an application for timed release of medication.
Artificial intelligence: Are we facing a future of robots running wild?
Two USC schools launch a new center to advance the research of AI and solve social problems ranging from climate change to homelessness.
Physical limitations don’t hold back a former USC doctoral student
Ryan Williams, a quadriplegic, lands his dream job at Virginia Tech.
In memoriam: Solomon Golomb, communications technology pioneer, 83
The legendary scholar’s work in communications helped usher in the digital age.
Viterbi Awards ceremony spotlights engineering luminaries and the school’s top startups
The event honors winners of the Maseeh Entrepreneurship Prize Competition and first Min Family Engineering Social Entrepreneurship Challenge.
Startups competition comes down to the final two
An app for pet lovers and a personalized math tutor platform will vie for the grand prize at this month’s Viterbi Awards.
Affordable glasses with lenses that need no prescription
Teams in the Min Family Engineering Social Entrepreneurship Challenge hope to boost technology through budding businesses.
Mentors provide prized friendship for protégées
The Viterbi Student-Alumni Mentoring Program pairs pupils with distinguished mentors who offer invaluable academic and professional advice.
Aspiring business builders reveal new ideas
Members of 16 startups meet their mentors at kickoff of the sixth annual Maseeh Entrepreneurship Prize Competition.
How to build a business that benefits society
A Min family gift will establish a competition to fund startups for social entrepreneurs at USC Viterbi.
Sugarcoating, no — polymer coatings, yes!
Malancha Gupta’s research could one day improve biomedical devices, textiles and membranes.
The sky is the limit for drones, which head upward from Hollywood to South Africa
Innovators devise new ways to use unmanned aircraft systems, which could create thousands of jobs over the next decade.
Brain injury startup develops concussion test
The new company leverages proprietary eye-tracking software to provide a quick and objective assessment.
Hackathon founder uses technology to make people’s lives better
USC Viterbi student Brian Kim, founder of HackSC, leverages technology to make the world a better place.
USC Viterbi celebrates a successful year
The 2015 Faculty & Staff Awards showcases achievements at the engineering school.
Viterbi Awards honor engineering excellence
Brain injury startup grabs the grand prize at annual ceremony spotlighting innovation.
Brace yourself for a better way to straighten teeth
ComfortCorrect is poised to alter the orthodontics market.
The real Ronald Reagan: a peek behind the scenes
Former campaign manager and Viterbi alum Thomas C. Reed gives an insider’s look at the president.
A century of waiting for new brain imaging is over
A team of USC engineers and scientists collaborates to image synapses in living zebrafish and gain a better understanding of memory, learning and forgetting.
Clean water leads to healthy communities in Rwanda
USC Viterbi alumni travel to rural Africa to install a purification system.
Investors bet on Startup Garage graduates
Five of the 10 new companies coming out of the business accelerator have raised nearly $6 million in follow-on capital.
A can-do spirit fuels passion for music and engineering
Bassist and USC Viterbi professor George Ban-Weiss sets himself apart on musical and academic levels.
USC Viterbi Startup Garage: version 2.0
The venture accelerator for engineering-led startups aims to produce the Next Big Thing.