A Robotic Leg, Born Without Prior Knowledge, Learns to Walk

New AI algorithms could allow robots to learn to move by themselves, imitating animals.

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2018 AME Senior Project Showcase

Undergraduate students enrolled in AME 441A show off their semester’s work

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Power Siblings at USC Viterbi

Presidential Scholarship Winning Duo, Brother and Sister Miles and Evie Kay, studying to be engineers

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Viterbi Magazine: Surviving a Day on Venus

Jonathan Sauder, USC Viterbi alumnus and lecturer and JPL engineer, brings back old technology to make new discoveries

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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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PhD students wins Honorable Mention for Best Student Paper at SPIE conference

Dhruv Patel, a PhD student majoring in mechanical engineering, was awarded Honorable Mention for Best Student Paper at the SPIE Lithography Conference held on February 24-28 in San Jose, California. His paper, titled “Engineering Neural Networks for Improved Defect Detection, Classification, and Localization,” was co-authored with Viterbi Hughes Professor Assad Oberai and IBM researcher Ravi K. Bonam. Their project sought … Read More

AME students receive scholarships from ACSC

On September 22, the Aero Club of Southern California (ACSC) held their annual scholarship banquet. At the event, two Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering students were awarded scholarships from the group: Sidney Wilcox and Ara Mahseredijan. Wilcox is a senior undergraduate student majoring in mechanical engineering and minoring in astronautical engineering. She is the chief resource manager of the … Read More

CAM members receive Best Paper Award at ASME CIE conference

Aniruddha Shembekar, Yeo Jung, Alec Kanyuck, and S.K. Gupta, Smith International Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science and Associate Chair of the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, received the Best Paper Award at the ASME 2018 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences & Computers and Information in Engineering Conference (IDETC/CIE) for their paper, “Trajectory Planning for Conformal 3D Printing Using Non-Planar Layers.” The recipients are … Read More


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The Atlantic: Why Your Vacuum Clogs but a Manta Ray Doesn’t

Eva Kanso was quoted on feeding habits of the manta ray.

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A Robotic Leg, Born Without Prior Knowledge, Learns to Walk

New AI algorithms could allow robots to learn to move by themselves, imitating animals.

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