Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering @ USC

Aerospace and mechanical engineers design and build unique, complex mechanical-optical-electronic (mechoptronic) systems, ranging in scale from the International Space Station to microscale electric generators and pumping systems.

A broad range of engineering science research is critical to developing novel, complex mechoptronic systems. As a consequence, aerospace and mechanical engineers conduct extensive basic and applied research within and crossing their usual disciplinary boundaries, they also synthesize research from many other disciplines.

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AME Seminar

Wed, Sep 27, 2023
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Location: SSL 202
Speaker: Sam Tawfick, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Talk Title: Nonlinear Mechanics and Robotic Mechanisms using Coiled Muscles and Snapping Beams Abstract: My group is developing a roadmap for elastic actuating materials to...


SoCal Solids Conference 2023

Sat, Sep 30, 2023
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Location: TCC 450
Speaker: Grace Gu, Megan Valentine, Assad Oberai, UC Berkeley, UCSB, USC Talk Title: SoCal Solids Conference 2023 Abstract: The SoCal Solids Conference will be held at the University of Southern California (USC) on Saturday, September 30,...


AME Seminar

Wed, Oct 04, 2023
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Location: SSL 202
Speaker: Aaron Ames, Caltech More Info: Webcast: Meeting ID: 981 2114 1178 Passcode: NhXrDOqQU8


DEI: Women of AME Panel

Mon, Oct 09, 2023
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Location: EEB 132
Speaker: Inna Abramova, Eva Kanso, Neda Maghsoodi, Anita Penkova, Emma Singer, Alejandra Uranga, AME Talk Title: Women of AME Panel Abstract: By popular demand, the women of AME's Faculty are gathering to reflect on and discuss their...


AME Seminar

Wed, Oct 11, 2023
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Location: SSL 202
Speaker: Michael Yip, UCSD Talk Title: Teaching a Robot to Perform Surgery: From 3D Image Understanding to Deformable Manipulation Abstract: Robot manipulation have made massive strides in the past few years, especially in grasping for...

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Assistant Professor Paul Plucinsky Receives NSF CAREER Award

Congratulations to Paul Plucinsky, Assistant Professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering (AME), for receiving a National Science Foundation (NSF) Early CAREER Award for the Effective Continuum Modeling of Mechanism-Based Metamaterials!  Dr. Plucinsky joined USC AME in January 2020 after being a Postdoctoral Scholar in Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics at the University of Minnesota. His research interests lie at the interface … Read More

Professor Emeritus Terence Langdon Recognized with Senior Career Award

Congratulations to Terence Langdon, Professor Emeritus of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering and Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, for receiving the 2023 Senior Career Award from the Journal of Materials Research and Technology (JMRT). This recognition is awarded “annually to an individual with outstanding accomplishments in materials science and engineering that [is] globally recognized.”   Dr. Langdon is an accomplished metallurgist with … Read More

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Qian, Bansal study the way robots move, interact with the world around them

Qian, Bansal study the way robots move, interact with the world around them

The researchers share some commonalities in their work, apart from winning an NSF CAREER Award.

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Designing an Engine Ready for Hydrogen Combustion

Designing an Engine Ready for Hydrogen Combustion

The U.S. Department of Energy is supporting a major USC research initiative to advance the next stage of the clean energy revolution.

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