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:
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.
USC Viterbi alumnus leads efforts to build a better Afghanistan
Colonel oversees 330 Americans who work on construction projects and infrastructure initiatives.
Video game promotes social engagement for children with autism
Social Clues is a video game with a higher purpose.
Former Naval research director installed as new chair
The USC Viterbi professor is an expert in the mechanical behavior of metals and thermodynamics.
Big data dominates engineering retreat
The IMSC associate director provided an overview of ClearPath, a smartphone traffic app.
Fighting modern slavery through technology
The technological tools that make it possible for traffickers to communicate with people can also be used to disrupt the illicit trade.
USC faculty elected to engineering’s top academy
Two USC Viterbi faculty have been named members of the National Academy of Engineering, the highest professional distinction accorded an engineer.
Systems expert named as holder of USC Viterbi endowed chair
USC Viterbi Professor Jong-Shi Pang has been appointed as holder of the Epstein Family Chair in Industrial and Systems Engineering.
USC Viterbi researcher leverages engineering to decode autism
Shrikanth Narayanan is helping to improve the diagnoses and treatment of autism through advances in engineering and computing.
USC Viterbi alum builds sustainable city in the desert
In a hot, arid patch of desert in the United Arab Emirates, the future unfolds.
Bonjour, my name is Peugeot
Scene: Mother Nature has pounded the Upper Midwest with snowstorm after snowstorm, blanketing the streets and causing massive traffic jams.
Nothing deterred him from reaching USC
USC has long been a special place for Eduardo Avila.
Budding entrepreneurs rummage through USC Startup Garage
On the fifth floor of USC’s Information Sciences Institute, about 40 budding entrepreneurs sat together at large nondescript tables hatching plans for the next Great American Startup.
USC engineers work on detection of brain malfunctions
Three USC researchers have received a $2 million grant for a joint research project on a wireless system for the early detection of shunt malfunctions in people with excessive brain fluid.
A survivor for the ages
Holocaust survivor Pinchas Gutter wants to make sure that testimony by himself and others will help prevent future crimes against humanity by making the world aware of evil and the need to combat it.
While growing up, New Jersey native Patrick Lynett used to spend his summers on the Jersey Shore, enjoying the boardwalk and beaches.
Former Raytheon executive Natarajan takes the helm of ISI
Prem Natarajan long held USC and its Information Sciences Institute in the highest esteem, seeing them as engines of innovation that create jobs, fuel the economy and benefit the world.
Third USC Viterbi professor wins NSF Career Award
Ben Reichardt has received a National Science Foundation Career Award, joining Yan Liu and Malancha Gupta as USC Viterbi’s third faculty member to land the prestigious prize this year.
Dollars and sense
It’s a long way from Baoding, China to Los Angeles, but 23-year-old Chao Li is glad to have made the journey.
Life’s ebb and flow
Ryan Williams led a charmed, sun-splashed existence. He even took up surfing, which energized him. And then everything changed in early 2008.