Stories by Avni Shah:
COVID-era makeover at USC Viterbi’s Biegler Hall enhances lab coursework
The third floor Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering lab was reconfigured to offer students an interactive, yet safer experience.
USC students win first place in small satellite competition
A team from USC Viterbi won for their work optimizing the design of ionic electrospray thrusters.
AI to help better diagnose and treat renal cancer and COVID-19
USC researchers are using AI to fuel more confident diagnosis of renal tumors, as well as more customized treatment for cancer patients and patients infected with COVID-19.
Shock waves might offer the jolt needed to reach Mars
USC researchers find that applying shock waves can improve fluid mixing in supersonic combustion engines, paving the way for flights at speeds five times the speed of sound.
What if airplanes could repair their own damage?
USC researchers 3D-printed the next-generation of high strength, lightweight structures that can autonomously heal impact damage.
What if cell service were portable?
USC students launch Beamlink to provide the first ultraportable, low-cost cellular base station for disaster relief and rural connectivity.
USC grad mixes AI and documentary filmmaking to preserve the past
Imagine a museum where Japanese Americans from World War II live on as virtual avatars. Recent USC graduate Cole Kawana is working on it.
Catching semiconductor defects before they multiply
USC and IBM researchers are using deep learning to identify manufacturing issues before they spread, reducing wasted time, money and materials.
Adaptive therapy based on Darwin’s evolutionary principles could help fight cancer
Computational models developed by USC researchers indicate that keeping tumor cells in competition can lead to more effective cancer treatments.
Tracking COVID-19 through wastewater could help communities prepare for outbreaks
A grant from the National Science Foundation will help USC researchers track the potential spread of the coronavirus through wastewater samples.
SpaceX makes history and continues the Trojan legacy in space
On the heels of the first-ever launch of astronauts into orbit aboard a commercially owned spacecraft, learn more about the USC community’s contributions to space exploration.
New acoustic materials could be used to create a sound ‘computer’
USC Viterbi researchers have developed smart metamaterials that can mimic electrical devices by triggering different responses to sound.
How can we extract water from the moon and Mars? USC students have an idea
A team of USC Viterbi students is one of 10 awarded $10,000 to build a water extraction tool for NASA’s Moon to Mars challenge.
Some wastewater reuse processes can lead to undesired byproducts, USC experts find
Potable water reuse is a boon for sustainability, but USC Viterbi researchers warn of potentially toxic byproducts.
How do sea stars move without a brain? The answer could impact robotics and more
What USC researchers have uncovered about sea star locomotion could help scientists design simpler decentralized systems for all sorts of devices.
Can intuitive building design help stop an active shooter?
USC researchers have created virtual environments to test how certain design features could increase safety in the event of a mass shooting.
New algorithm will help manufacturing robots get from point A to point B with ease
Researchers at the USC Viterbi Center for Advanced Manufacturing have reduced robot path planning through complex workspaces from minutes to seconds with minimal human input.
Antibiotic-resistant genes are well removed by purification used to recycle wastewater but final quality is influenced by environmental factors
A team led by USC Viterbi’s Adam Smith has found that purified water returned to Southern California aquifers for storage and reuse blends with antibiotic-resistant bacteria already found in the aquifer.
USC Viterbi receives $2 million to train engineers in advanced manufacturing
The three-year grant from the National Science Foundation aims to prepare the U.S. workforce for the estimated 2 million manufacturing jobs that will be created yet unfilled by 2025.
Being prepared for disasters starts with learning from the past
Two USC Viterbi professors are revisiting historic disasters to build educational infrastructure that will help us prepare for future natural hazards.
An algorithm could play a major role in helping radiologists diagnose cancer early, accurately
USC Viterbi Professor Assad Oberai believes that a well-trained machine learning algorithm can assist in more quickly and correctly detecting breast cancer.
A Trojan on the moon: Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11
On July 20, 1969, Trojan Neil Armstrong guided the Apollo 11 lunar module to a safe landing on the moon. Find out how that day and its aftermath affected future USC engineers and students from around the world.
How can we design smarter buildings? A new USC research center will pave the way
The Center for Intelligent Environments will study how to incorporate AI and automation into our built environment in ways that reinforce trust, safety and comfort.
For less than $200, USC engineering students built a realistic robotic fish
Using computer-aided design modeling, a team of student engineers have created a soft robotic fish that can be used to study marine life and even help design underwater vehicles.