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3/3/17

AME's historic Dryden Wind Tunnel on TV

Experimental work of Prof. Spedding and his Ph.D. students on small scale aerodynamics—applicable to small drones—is featured on Los Angeles TV station KCBS.
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2/16/17

Making StarSCream Transform

The AeroDesign Team held their Critical Design Review for this year’s competition plane, StarSCream.
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10/6/16

Newton Honored by Φ Κ Φ

Phi Kappa Phi selects Newton for Faculty Recognition Award.
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10/6/16

Society for Experimental Test Pilots Tours the Dryden Wind Tunnel

While attending their annual symposium, the Society for Experimental Test Pilots (SETP) visited USC’s Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering for a brief lecture and tour.
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6/20/16

USC Racing competes in Lincoln, NE.

USC Racing, AME's student racing team competed in the 2016 Formula SAE, June 15-18, 2016.
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6/17/16

AME Prof. Langdon receives honorary doctorate

AME's Professor Terry Langdon has received an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Peter the Great Saint Petersburg Polytechnic University.
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4/25/16

AME Students Have Best Poster at Robotics Symposium

AME students Ariel Calderon and Juan Zagal won the "Best Poster Award" last Friday (April 22, 2016) at the 2016 Southern California Robotics Symposium with their poster, "A Pneumatically-Driven Soft Robot Biologically Inspired in Earthworms." Calderon and Zagal are advised by Prof. Nestor Perez-Arancibia.
the award certificate...

 

4/6/16

AME students winners at AIAA Student Conference

Two teams from AME 441A, Senior Laboratory, have won first and sencond place at the AIAA Student Conference in Corvalis, OR.
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2/9/16

Paul Newton Edits Prestigious Journal

Our own Prof. Paul Newton has been appointed Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Nonlinear Science. His appointment began on January 1, 2016.

 

11/24/15

USC Team's Cancer Metastasis Work in EurekAlert!

Work of AME Prof. Paul Newton and Dornsife Prof. Peter Kuhn describing statistically the metastasis paths of breast cancer is featured in "Forecasting the Path of Breast Cancer in a Patient" on the website EurekAlert!.
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5/22/15

Eliasson Quoted in Fox News

Prof. Veronica Eliasson is featured in the Fox New article, "'The Next MacGyver' Competition Aims to Encourage More Women to Pursue STEM."
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5/20/15

AME Student Walks With Robotics

After surviving a tragic automobile accident, AME student Stephen Wilson is able to walk again with robotic assistance.
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5/11/15

AME Senior Brings His Car to Campus

AME senior Zide, having taken a year off from his studies in ME to do an internship, returns for a visit.
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4/28/15

USC Human Powered Vehicle Team Competes in the HPV Challenge

The USC HPV Team took 5th place in the ASME's HPVC over the April 24-26, 2015, weekend.
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4/23/15

AeroDesign Wins KIUEL Award

The AeroDesign Team has won the KIUEL "Best Design Team" award.
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4/21/15

AME Student, Honored with a University Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award

For his efforts in the classroom, AME graduate student, Bo Jin, has won a University Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award.
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4/16/15

AeroDesign Team Competes in D/B/F Competition

AME's AeroDesign Team competed in the 19th Annual Student Design/Build/Fly competition held April 11-12, 2015, in Tucson, AZ.
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3/30/15

AME Student Conference Team Win

A team of AME students places 2nd in the team competition at the AIAA Region VI Student Conference.
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1/14/15

Freshman Is Off to a Fast Start

AME freshman, Eric Deng, hits the ground running in his first semester.
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12/3/14

AME Students Win APS DFD Poster Competition

Prof. Veronica Eliasson's graduate students have won 2 poster competitions at the 67th annual APS Division of Fluid Dynamics meeting.
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11/21/14

AME Student One of Aviation Week's Twenty20s

The magazine has named Stephanie Klimczak to its Twenty20s list.
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11/18/14

AME TA and Ph.D. candidate receives award from CET

AME teaching assistant and Ph.D. candidate, Bo Jin has been recognized by USC's CET for his performance as a TA.
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9/24/14

Mike Hahn Elected Fellow of ASM

AME Part-time Lecturer Mike Hahn has been elected a Fellow of ASM as reported in this September, 2014, article from Advanced Materials & Processes.
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8/8/14

Langdon Selected to Academia Europaea

AME's emeritus professor, Terry Langdon, has been elected to membership in Academia Europaea.
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7/3/14

AME's Jason Zide is Infiniti Performance Engineering Academy Winner

Jason has won one of three one-year placements with Infiniti Red Bull Racing
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6/5/14

AME Student an Infiniti Performance Academy World Finalist

AME's Jason Zide is one of 12 (out of about 1500 applications) to advance to the world finals in the Infiniti Performance Engineering Academy, Infiniti Red Bull Racing's search for the best engineers for a 1-year placement with their Formula One team.
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5/12/14

AME senior wins Discovery Scholar Prize

AME student, Carlos Portela, has won a USC Discovery Scholar Prize.
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4/30/14

AME Students Win in ASM Poster Competition

AME students Tim Furnish, Thien Phan, and Carlos Portela produced winning entries in the ASM Student Night competition.
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4/24/14

Andrea Hodge Honored by Northwestern

Associate Professor Andrea Hodge has been invited to give the Hilliard Lecture and receive an honorary doctoral degree at Northwestern University.
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4/18/14

AeroDesign Team Wins 2014 Design/Build/Fly

Congratulations to the AME AeroDesign Team for winning the AIAA's 18th Annual Student Design/Build/Fly Competition held April 11-13, in Wichita Kansas.
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3/7/14

AME Ph.D. Preview Day

On March 7, the day after Ph.D. Preview Day 2014, the group, along with some current Ph.D. students a faculty went for a hike in Griffith Park and visited Griffith Observatory.
Preview Day photo...

 

12/17/13

Gliders and Rockets

The 2013 AME Glider and Rocket Day (AME 105 and AME 309) is featured in this online video by the Viterbi School. AME 105 is taught by Geoff Spedding, and AME 309 by Veronica Elisson.

 

11/21/13

Woodpeckers and Brain Injury

AME Assistant Professor Veronica Eliasson's research into concussion and traumatic brain injury is featured in "Woodpeckers and Football Players," an episode in the Fast Lecture Series, a series of short videos introducing research activities in the School.

 

10/22/13

Ronney Elected AIAA Associate Fellow

Paul Ronney, a professor in AME, has been elected an Associate Fellow in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics in recognition of his work in combustion, low-gravity phenomena, and small-scale power generators.
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9/30/13

Cho Chair

Dean Yannis Yortsos has appointed AME Professor Michael Kassner to be the first holder of The Choong Hoon Cho Chair of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering.
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9/10/13

New Professor's Research is Buzzing

New Assistant Professor Nestor Perez-Arancibia develops control algorithms for flapping-wing flying microrobots.
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4/10/13

Egolfopoulos Appointed to Endowed Chair

Congratulations to AME Professor Fokion Egolfopoulos on his appointment to an endowed chair. USC President Max Nikias appointed him to the William E. Leonhard Professorship in Engineering on April 9.

 

3/29/13

Predicting Spread of Cancer

The work of AME's Professor Paul Newton and his research group in predicting the spread of cancer cells throughout the body is featured in Jason Bittel's blog post "Fighting Cancer With the Google PageRank Algorithm. Sort Of." on March 27, 2013.

 

3/14/13

Predictions

In this LA Times article, AME adjunct professor Jerry Lockenour and his class study 1988 predictions for technology in our 2013 lifestyle.
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6/18/12

Andrea Hodge Wins Prestigious Awards

AME faculty member Andrea Hodge, has won a DARPA Young Faculty Award and an ONR Young Investigator Award. These funds will fund her work in highly nanotwinned (for high strength) aluminum alloys and the formation of new states of matter and interfaces at the nanoscale.
read more about the DARPA grant and the ONR grant

 

4/26/12

Professor Larry Redekopp Receives Mentoring Award

Congratulations to AME Prof. Larry Redekopp on his selection to receive a 2012 USC Mellon Mentoring Award for excellence in mentoring undergraduate students. He received the award at the USC Mellon Mentoring Awards ceremony on April 23, 2012.
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9/25/11

Roger Ghanem Appointed Marshall Professor

Roger Ghanem, professor in the AME Department with a joint appointment in Civil and Environmental Engineering, has been appointed Gordon S. Marshall Professor of Engineering Technology.
Dean Yortsos's announcement...

 

8/20/11

Prominent Fluid Dynamicist Honored

AME's Tony Maxworthy, Smith International Professor of Mechanical Engineering, has been selected as the 2011 recipient of the prestigious Fluid Dynamics Prize of the American Physical Society.
APS announcement...
Viterbi story...

 

9/30/2010

AME Faculty Member Named to MacDonald Early Career Chair

AME Assistant Professor Andrea Hodge has been appointed to the Philip and Cayley McDonald Early Career Chair.
more on Prof. Hodge's appointment...

 

4/25/10

NSF CAREER Grant

The National Science Foundation has honored AME faculty member Andrea Hodge with an NSF CAREER grant. The foundation's Faculty Early Career Development Program is the NSF's most prestigious award supporting the early career development of junior faculty members.

 

12/15/09

Kassner Elected Fellow of AAAS

AME's recent chairman, Mike Kassner, has been honored by being recently elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for his work in materials and his leadership in various engineering communities.

 

10/20/09

New Faculty Member Wins Prestigious Swedish Award

Congratulations to Veronica Eliasson, AME's newest faculty member, who has won an Ingvar Carlsson Award from the Swedish Stiftelsen för Strategisk Forskning (Foundation for Strategic Research).

 

7/10/09

New fellow in ASME

AME professor and former department chairman, Mike Kassner, has been elected a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

 

3/10/08

Roberto Figueiredo and his advisor stretch magnesium

Mechanical engineering graduate student Roberto Figueiredo and his advisor, Prof. Terry Langdon, have recently demonstrated record superplastic ductility for a magnesium alloy, as reported in "Record Superplastic Ductility in a Magnesium Alloy Processed by Equal-Channel Angular Pressing," in Advanced Engineering Materials, 10, No. 1-2, 2008. Their article was featured in Materials Views, a monthly Wiley publication featuring hot topics from the vast materials science field.

 

11/19/07

Rhodes Scholarship won by AME's Reed Doucette

AME Mechanical Engineering student and Trojan varsity basketball player, Reed Doucette, becomes the ninth Trojan and fourth USC athlete to win a Rhodes Scholarship. While at Oxford he plans to pursue a M.Sc. by research in engineering science.

 

4/12/07

Endowed Chair for AME

Larry Dickinson of Boeing, Y.H. Cho, chairman of Korean Airlines, Yannis Yortsos, Dean of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, and President Steven B. Sample announce the establishment of The Choong Hoon Cho Chair of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, named after the founder of Korean Airlines.

 

9/29/06

Introducing LA students to aerodynamics

AME's Tara Chklovski has designed an after-school program introducing local elementary and high school students to aerodynamics. Her program is now in 5 schools and growing.

 

4/4/06

Small device aerodynamics in AME

AME Prof. Geoff Spedding's research into the aerodynamics of small flying vehicles was featured in recent publications. See the articles in USC's Chronicle and in a news article at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering's web site.

 

3/21/06

Ultra Fine Grain Metals Presentations Finish 1 st and 2nd

Of more than 120 papers, presentations by Cheng Xu and Megumi Kawasaki, members of AME's Prof. Terry Langdon's research group in Ultrafinegrained Materials, were judged best and second best at the 4th International Symposium on Ultra Fine Grain Materials at the Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS) meeting in San Antonio. Get the details.

 

4/15/2005

Some students sleep during class, but these two just fiddle around

Two AME students built a violin from carbon fiber laminate for their AME 441/442 senior lab class, then entered it in USC's Undergraduate Symposium for Scholarly and Creative Work, where they took 1st place. Hundreds of years from now, concert violinists may be playing Tsakoumakis-Kaplans beside the Strads.
Meet the craftsmen, see their violin, and listen to their music!