National Academy of Engineering

The Viterbi School of Engineering is proud of its faculty who are members of the National Academy of Engineering, one of the highest professional distinctions accorded an engineer.

National Academy of Engineering members with Viterbi Faculty Affiliation:


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    Leonard M. Adleman

    Distinguished Professor of Computer Science and the Henry Salvatori Chair in Computer Science, Dr. Adleman co-invented the RSA public key crypto-system and has worked on primacy testing algorithms. His 1992 paper in Science, demonstrating that DNA can be used as a computing medium, introduced the field of molecular computing, which he has subsequently developed. Adleman and collaborators received the Association for Computing Machinery’s A.M. Turing Award for their RSA innovations. Elected 1996. ➖ PROFILE

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    Mihran S. Agbabian

    Emeritus Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Dr. Agbabian made fundamental contributions to the application of advanced methods of applied mechanics to structural design, and contributions to the field of structural response to blast and shock and the reduction of seismic hazards to existing structures. Among his many activities and awards, Agbabian received the 2000 Caltech Alumnus of the Year award and is the Founding President and President Emeritus of the American University of Armenia. Elected 1982. ➖ PROFILE

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    Wanda M. Austin

    Dr. Austin, CEO of The Aerospace Corporation, holds an adjunct research professor appointment in the Viterbi School’s Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering. Her distinguished career includes stints as head of the National Systems Group and senior vice president of the Engineering and Technology Group of the corporation, an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to the objective application of science and technology toward the solution of critical issues affecting the nation’s space program. Dr. Austin earned her Ph.D. in industrial and systems engineering from the Viterbi School. Elected 2007. ➖ PROFILE

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    George A. Bekey

    Emeritus Professor of Computer Science, Dr. Bekey is known for his distinguished work in biomedical engineering, man-machine systems and robotics. Dr. Bekey founded the robotics research and teaching program at USC. He was one of the founders of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Robotics and Automation Society and the first editor of its IEEE Transactions on Robotics and Automation. Elected 1982. ➖ PROFILE

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    Barry Boehm

    The TRW Professor in Software Engineering and Professor of Computer Science, Dr. Boehm has made fundamental contributions to computer and software architectures and to techniques for modeling of cost, quality and risk for aerospace systems. He has published extensively on software architectures, software metrics and cost models, software engineering environments and knowledge-based software engineering. Boehm is director of USC’s Center for Software Engineering and research director of the USC-Stevens Systems Engineering Research Center. Elected 1996. ➖ PROFILE

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    P. Daniel Dapkus

    The William M. Keck Chair in Engineering with a joint appointment in the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering Electrophysics and the Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, and director of the Photonics Center at USC, Dr. Dapkus has provided leadership and made fundamental contributions to the development of materials and technologies for photonic devices. Prior to his arrival at USC, Dapkus was on the technical staffs at Bell Laboratories and Rockwell International. His leadership in the demonstration of the viability of MOCVD at Rockwell led to its status as the most widely used process for the research and manufacture of photonic materials and devices. Among his other awards and honors, Dapkus is a recipient of the OSA Nick Holonyak, Jr. Award and a Fellow of AAAS. Elected 2004. ➖ PROFILE

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    Albert A. Dorman

    Albert A. Dorman (MSCE ‘62) is the founding chairman of AECOM Technology Corporation, one of the largest private U.S. corporations and a global company responsible for large-scale public works projects. He is the first person to become both a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and an Honorary Member of the American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE). He is the winner of the ASCE Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award in Leadership. He holds a research faculty appointment at the Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Elected 1998. ➖ PROFILE

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    Iraj Ershaghi

    The Omar B. Milligan Chair in Petroleum Engineering, Director of the Petroleum Engineering Program, Executive Director of the Chevron-USC Center for Smart Oilfield Technologies at USC and Executive Director of UKC Center for Research and Education. For contributions to characterization of complex fractured reservoirs, and for leadership in university-industry collaboration. Elected 2014. ➖ PROFILE

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    Robert W. Hellwarth

    A University Professor of Physics, the George T. Pfleger Chair in Electrical Engineering and a professor in the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering Electrophysics, Dr. Hellwarth made major contributions to the understanding of quantum electronics and the invention of new laser devices. He is also a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He received the L. A. Hyland Patent Award, the Charles Hard Townes Award of the Optical Society of America, and the Quantum Electronics Award of the IEEE. Elected 1977. ➖ PROFILE

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    Ming Hsieh

    Ming Hsieh, BSEE ’83, MSEE ’84, is a USC Trustee and alumnus. Hsieh currently serves as Chairman, CEO, and Co-founder of Fulgent Therapeutics. Fulgent develops targeted nano-delivery platform technologies and innovative biological drugs to combat cancers. Prior to Fulgent Therapeutics, Hsieh was Chairman, CEO, and Co-founder of Cogent Inc. Under his leadership, Cogent became the worldwide leader in providing law enforcement, military, and commercial enterprises and other government agencies with large scale, reliable, accurate, and real-time biometrics identification services. In 2006, Hsieh endowed the USC Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering, the USC Viterbi School’s largest and oldest department. Elected 2015. ➖ PROFILE

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    Mark S. Humayun

    Dr. Humayun, a professor of opthalmology, cell biology, neurology and bioengineering, is co-creator of an implantable artificial device that has restored light perception and form distinction to blind individuals. He directs the NSF Engineering Research Center on Bio-Mimetic Electronics Systems, and holds joint appointments at the Keck School of Medicine at USC, the Doheny Eye Institute, and the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. Dr. Humayun is also an elected member of the Institute of Medicine. Elected 2011. ➖ PROFILE

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    Ralph L. Keeney

    Emeritus Professor of the Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Dr. Keeney is noted for analyses of the theory and engineering practice of decision and risk analysis applied to complex public problems with conflicting objectives in such areas as large-scale siting studies (e.g., airports, power plants and nuclear waste repositories), energy policy, environmental studies and corporate-management problems. Elected 1997. ➖ PROFILE

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    Geraldine Knatz

    Lecturer and Executive Director at the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro, California. For international leadership in the engineering and development of environmentally clean urban seaports. Elected 2014. ➖ PROFILE

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    William Lindsey

    A professor of electrical engineering in the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering Systems, Dr. Lindsey is an internationally known expert in deep space, satellite and terrestrial communications, known particularly for his contributions to a unified theory of phase-locked loops and applications of this theory. Elected 1997. ➖ PROFILE

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    Sanjit Mitra

    Research Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering, Dr. Mitra is internationally known for his work in analog and digital signal processing and image processing. Mitra has published over 640 papers, is the author or co-author of 12 books, and holds five patents. Mitra is a fellow of IEEE, AAAS, and SPIE. Elected 2003. ➖ PROFILE

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    E. Phillip Muntz

    Professor Emeritus of Astronautical Engineering, Dr. Muntz is a pioneer in the study of electron beam fluorescence techniques who has shown sustained, innovative technical and academic leadership in investigating rarefied gas dynamics and non-equilibrium flow phenomena. Muntz is a fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the AAAS, the American Physical Society, and the holder or co-holder of more than 25 patents. Elected 1993. ➖ PROFILE

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    C. L. Max Nikias

    The University of Southern California’s 11th President, holder of the Robert C. Packard Presidential Chair and the Malcolm R. Currie Chair in Technology and the Humanities, and Professor in the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering, Dr. Nikias is an inventive scholar and visionary academic leader. Nikias, the former Executive Vice President and Provost, has made seminal contributions to the field of adaptive signal processing. Elected 2008. ➖ PROFILE

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    Aristides A.G. Requicha

    Dr. Requicha, the Gordon S. Marshall Professor of Engineering, is a pioneer in nanorobot technology, 3-D geometric modeling, computer graphics and artificial intelligence. He is a Life Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery, and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Elected 2011. ➖ PROFILE

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    Robert A. Scholtz

    Dr. Requicha, the Gordon S. Marshall Professor of Engineering, is a pioneer in nanorobot technology, 3-D geometric modeling, computer graphics and artificial intelligence. He is a Life Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery, and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Elected 2011. ➖ PROFILE

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    F. Stan Settles

    The IBM Chair in Engineering Management and Professor in the Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Dr. Settles contributed to the development of sophisticated techniques of industrial engineering and manufacturing practice during his tenure in industry, and excelled in bringing the techniques he developed in the market to USC for refinement and teaching to students. He has served as a program director for the National Science Foundation and on the National Science and Technology Council for the NSF and White House Office on Science and Technology Policy. Among his other awards and honors, Settles is a Fellow of the Institute of Industrial Engineers. Elected 1991. ➖ PROFILE

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    Neil Siegel

    Adjunct Professor in the Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Dr. Siegel created “the digital battlefield” for the United States Army. This led to the use of information and radio technolgy to increase significantly the combat power of the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps Forces. His work has also resulted in important benefits for civilian applications. Elected 2005. ➖ PROFILE

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    Leonard M. Silverman

    The Fred W. O’Green Chair in Engineering and Professor in the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering Systems, Dr. Silverman served as dean of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering for 18 years. He has made classic contributions to systems and control theory and applications and built a national reputation for guiding exemplary engineering research and education. Elected 1988. ➖ PROFILE

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    John Brooks Slaughter

    Dr. Slaughter, Professor of Engineering and Education, is renowned for his work in the design of digital control systems and for his endeavors to dramatically increase the number of underrepresented groups in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines. He has been a leader in formulating national technology policy. Prior to rejoining the faculty of USC in 2010, Dr. Slaughter served as president and CEO of the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, president of Occidental College, chancellor of the University of Maryland, and director of the National Science Foundation. Elected 1982. ➖ PROFILE

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    Richard J. Stegemeier

    Richard J. Stegemeier served as chairman, president, and chief executive officer of the Unocal Corporation from 1990-95. He holds seven patents and was elected to the Academy for his leadership in research leading to improved oil recovery and the discovery of new oil and gas fields. He holds a research faculty appointment in the Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science. Elected 1992. ➖ PROFILE

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    Andrew J. Viterbi

    A holder of the USC Presidential Chair and a professor in the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering Systems, Dr. Viterbi is creator of the Viterbi Algorithm, co-developer of CDMA cell phone technology and co-founder of Qualcomm. A recipient of the National Medal of Science, Dr. Viterbi is a Laureate of the Millennium Technology Prize Foundation of Finland. He is also a recipient of the IEEE Claude E. Shannon Award, the Marconi Foundation Award, the Christopher Columbus Award and the IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal. Dr. Viterbi is an elected member of the National Academy of Science and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Elected 1978. ➖ PROFILE

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    Michael Waterman

    Professor Waterman researches molecular sequence data using computational approaches. His work concentrates on the creation and application of mathematics, statistics and computer science to molecular biology, particularly to DNA, RNA, and protein sequence data. Professor Waterman is the co-developer of the Smith-Waterman algorithm for sequence comparison and of the Lander-Waterman formulas for physical mapping and sequencing. ➖ PROFILE

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    Lloyd R. Welch

    Emeritus Professor of the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering Systems, Dr. Welch’s career has advanced the fields of digital communications, coding theory and signal processing by establishing parameters based on fundamentals of information theory to guide the design of communications coding for reliability, security and synchronization. He is known for the Baum-Welch Algorithm, the Welch Bound, and other classic work. He is a winner of the Claude E. Shannon Award of the IEEE. Elected 1979. ➖ PROFILE

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    Alan Willner

    Professor Willner, Steven and Kathryn Sample Chair in Electrical Engineering, is one of the world’s leading experts in optics and photonics. He has had a significant impact in the development of the high-speed optical networks adopted by top telecommunications companies. These networks are used daily by people across the globe and have altered the pace of communication and business. Elected 2016. ➖ PROFILE

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    Yannis C. Yortsos

    The Zohrab A. Kaprielian Chair in Engineering and the Chester F. Dolley Professor of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, Dr. Yortsos is the current dean of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. He has contributed fundamental advances in fluid flow, transport, and reactions in porous and fractured media applied to the recovery of subsurface hydrocarbons. He has been actively involved in peer review of the Yucca Mountain Project for the disposal of high-level radioactive waste. A co-organizer of the National Academy of Engineering’s annual Grand Challenges Summit, Yortsos is also a Foreign Member of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences. Elected 2008. ➖ PROFILE

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    Don Zhang

    Current Research Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Dr. Don Zhang is dean of engineering at Peking University. He served as the Gordon Marshall Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering with a joint appointment in Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at USC until 2011. Dr. Zhang is an expert in stochastic partial differential equations and their applications to hydrology, reservoir simulation and the sequestration of carbon dioxide in geological formations as a viable option for mitigating greenhouse gas effects. Elected 2017. ➖ PROFILE