Prof. Hangbo Zhao receives an Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award for his work on soft robotics

Hangbo Zhao, assistant professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering and biomedical engineering, has been selected for the Office of Naval Research (ONR) Young Investigator Program (YIP) Award for his research project titled “Dexterous Soft Robotic Manipulators via Spatiotemporally Electroprogrammable Stiffness and Self-Shape Sensing.” The ONR YIP is a highly competitive program that aims to identify and support outstanding early-career researchers … Read More

Professor Bo Jin Receives 1st Place in Sustainability Competition

Congratulations to Bo Jin, Senior Lecturer of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, for receiving 1st place in the American Society for Composites Sustainability Competition. This competition, which ran from September 2022 to May 2023, brought together faculty members from around the world to explore ways to recycle and reuse aerospace-grade composites. The competition featured several rounds that culminated in a final … Read More

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

AME Ph.D. Candidate Gets Honorable Mention in the American College of Cardiology’s 2023 Young Investigator Award in Basic & Translational Science

We are thrilled to congratulate Rashid Alavi, Mechanical Engineering Ph.D. candidate, for his Honorable Mention in the American College of Cardiology’s 2023 Young Investigator Award in Basic & Translational Science. This is in outstanding recognition of his work on the development of Instantaneous Detection of Myocardial Ischemia Using Physics-based Machine Learning Methodology. This award recognizes “young scientific investigators of promise, upon whom progress … Read More

Hangbo Zhao Receives 2023 Delcie R. Durham Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award

Hangbo Zhao, Assistant Professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering (AME), has been awarded a 2023 Delcie R. Durham Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME). This is in outstanding recognition of Dr. Zhao’s research contributions to the manufacturing of micro/nano composite surfaces, three-dimensional (3D) multifunctional structures, and functional devices.   Hangbo Zhao is an assistant … Read More

Celebrating the renovation and historical significance of the Dryden Wind Tunnel

The Dryden Wind Tunnel (DWT) is central to AME’s expertise in experimental aerodynamics and fluid mechanics. Originally constructed in the 1930s and brought to USC in 1975, the wind tunnel is considered among the best of its kind at a university, producing excellent air flow qualities from air speeds of 2 to 35 meters per second (4.5 to 78 miles … Read More

DEN@Viterbi Student One of Aviation Week Network’s 20 Twenties Class of 2022

USC Viterbi School of Engineering student David Wolmark was just honored with Aviation Week Network’s 20 Twenties Class of 2022 award, in partnership with Accenture and sponsored by Hexcel. Wolmark, a full-time aerospace engineer in the Force Projection Sector of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL) in Laurel, Maryland, is pursuing his graduate degree through DEN@Viterbi program. The … Read More

AME Students Build Network At Boeing

For years, Los Angeles has been synonymous with surf and sunshine. But for its engineering students, its proximity to key industry leaders in aerospace has been even more top of mind. In the last year, the USC Viterbi Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering has brought students even closer to that space, providing opportunities to tour engineering labs at Boeing … Read More

USC AeroDesign Team Finishes in Top 5% at 2022 AIAA Competition

In extremely windy conditions in Wichita, Kansas, the 2021-2022 USC AeroDesign Team, advised by faculty advisers Charles Radovich (1st semester) and Saakar Byahut (2nd semester), completed three air and one ground mission in the AIAA Design/Build/Fly competition. Only 10 teams out of 97 that qualified completed all four missions. The USC ADT team placed 4th in the competition with its … Read More