USC has a long history of attracting outstanding faculty in diverse fields from around the globe. Our instructors provide the academic excellence that USC is known for. Their rigorous and relevant curriculum combined with specialized and expert instruction is truly inspiring.
It is wonderful when we are recognized with awards and accolades for our outstanding faculty. We know the hard work that goes on every day in the labs, classrooms, and research facilities on both of our campuses. That’s what we do.
So with that in mind, I would like to take the time to say congratulations to the recently named members and fellows to the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Inventors and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Election to the National Academy of Engineering is one of the highest professional honors for an engineer. I consider myself fortunate to be a member. The mission of the NAE is to advance the well-being of the nation by promoting a vibrant engineering profession.
Members have distinguished themselves in business and academic management, in technical positions, as university faculty, and as leaders in government and private engineering organizations.
The new members of the National Academy of Engineering are:
- Mahta Moghaddam, professor of electrical engineering in the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering.
- Behrokh Khoshnevis, dean’s professor of industrial and systems engineering in the Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering.
The National Academy of Inventors is comprised of U.S. and international universities, and governmental and non-profit research institutes, with over 4,000 individual inventor members and Fellows spanning more than 250 institutions worldwide.
The NAI was founded in 2010 to recognize and encourage inventors with patents issued from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, enhance the visibility of academic technology and innovation, encourage the disclosure of intellectual property, educate and mentor innovative students, and translate the inventions of its members to benefit society.
The newly named fellows to the National Academy of Inventors are:
- Gianluca Lazzi, provost professor of ophthalmology, electrical and computer engineering, clinical entrepreneurship, and biomedical engineering at the Keck School of Medicine of USC and the Viterbi School of Engineering.
- Neil Siegel, IBM professor of engineering management and professor of industrial and systems engineering practice of the Viterbi School of Engineering.
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is a top honor bestowed to leading scientists for research excellence and service to education.
The AAAS seeks to advance science, engineering, and innovation throughout the world for the benefit of all people and the scientific society. The members share the belief that science, technology, engineering, and mathematics can help solve many of the challenges the world faces today.
The recently appointed AAAS USC fellows are:
- Stephen Bradforth, professor of chemistry at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences.
- Luis Chiappe, adjunct professor at the USC Dornsife College.
- Ewa Deelman, research professor at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering.
- Janet Oldak, professor of dentistry at the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC.
We are proud of you and grateful for your work. Thank you for your continued scholarship, teaching, and research. We know that all our faculty are making a difference in students’ lives and in the world beyond USC. I hope all of you have a joyous holiday season and I look forward to getting to know more of you in the New Year.
–Charles F. Zukoski December 20, 2019