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:
Celebrating a new hub for student innovation, the Baum Family Maker Space
USC faculty, university leaders and even the Trojan Marching Band gathered for a virtual ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the completion of USC Viterbi’s new multipurpose design and fabrication center.
Transforming oil wells into batteries for the sun and wind
USC researchers want to convert idle oil and gas wells into much-needed storage for sustainable energy, making California blackouts a thing of the past.
Trojan grad Kailey Breyer brings joy — and some coding skills — to girls all over the world
The USC Viterbi alumna and founder of Kailey’s Queens organizes events for young women that foster friendship, learning and fun.
Newly graduated engineer blends her love of research and the sea
Hannah Walker, a winner of the USC Discovery Scholar Prize, spent a chunk of her undergraduate career creating a device to inexpensively map the ocean’s underwater topography.
USC Viterbi team wins Min Family Engineering Social Entrepreneurship Challenge
The business model competition, which encourages would-be social entrepreneurs to build businesses that benefit the underprivileged, honors the group AgriCulture’s vision to improve the diets and health of low-income, urban residents.
The computer science student who shines on the pitch
Soccer standout Penelope Hocking attacks her sport and her classes at USC Viterbi the same way: with intensity. Does a U.S. Women’s National Team spot lie in her future?
As AI moves into content creation, researchers aim to battle its biases
AI systems like natural language generation are only as good as the data that trains them, and USC Viterbi experts want to uncover why and how that data can be biased against women and minorities.
Women make up a record 50% of USC Viterbi’s entering undergrad class
At the graduate level, the engineering school leads the nation with almost 2,000 women in its master’s and doctoral programs.
USC student-led startup will help the Marines 3D print spare parts
Atomus, an emerging USC Viterbi startup, is developing technology that will make it easier for the Marines to print replacement parts for ships, military vehicles and planes.
USC Viterbi startup wants to expand underwater exploration through wireless communication
A team of USC Viterbi undergraduates will bring their underwater wireless communication technology to the finals of a global student competition.
A new weapon in the battle to protect endangered animals: predictive AI
In tandem with nine animal conservation groups, a USC research team’s AI software is being deployed in wildlife parks worldwide to thwart poachers and protect species at risk.
USC professor envisions a cheaper, fairer marketplace for digital goods
What is the future of e-commerce? Bhaskar Krishnamachari believes he has the answer: a system using “smart contracts” and game theory that benefit both buyers and sellers.
How the ideas of engineers can help the homeless
A provider of homeless services in Los Angeles has an unlikely new partner: the USC Viterbi School of Engineering.
USC researcher builds better biometric security technology
Researcher Wael Abd-Almageed and an international team are building enhanced biometric security technologies to thwart would-be bad guys.
USC Viterbi website provides info for students in need
Students helped build a website that provides invaluable information to the hungry and homeless population.
USC researchers reveal how promising new cancer treatment works
Three USC Viterbi scientists fight the disease with CAR T cell therapy, which was named 2018 Advance of the Year.
Alum takes solar kits to help with Puerto Rico hurricane recovery
USC Viterbi alumnus PJ Wilson moved to Puerto Rico, advocating for renewable energy on the island.
What can be done to stem the rise of military suicides?
Two USC schools try to identify at-risk active military personnel and veterans.
Inspiring first-generation student navigates college, keeps promise she made to her parents
Milly Rodriguez assured them she would become the first in her family to graduate from college. And she’s sticking to that vow.
Two long-lost brothers, both USC Viterbi alumni, find each other — and a part of themselves
Encouraged by his daughters, a Trojan digs into his roots — and gets the most joyous surprise of his life.
National Society of Black Engineers chapter at USC named best in the nation
The national honor reflects the group’s strength in academic excellence, professional development and community outreach.
Can artificial intelligence help to detect and cure cancer?
At the USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience, Fei Sha will bring an expertise in AI and his commitment to collaboration to take on some of health care’s most troubling issues.
Incoming undergrad class at USC Viterbi is 44 percent female — a school record
That number is significantly higher than the national average at the school, where female engineers find balance and camaraderie.
USC’s Information Sciences Institute stays at forefront of information processing and computer technologies
As the institute nears its 45-year anniversary, key projects focus on nanoelectronics, molecular anatomy and cyberthreats.