Center for Sustainability Solutions Supports Multi-Disciplinary Research

The USC Center for Sustainability Solutions is pleased to announce the 2020 recipients of funds for the development of major multi-year research projects that address topics related to sustainability solutions.

This year’s awards totaling $150,000 will support projects by three teams of USC researchers that reflect the Center’s multi-disciplinary approach to addressing sustainability issues.
Applicants were required to involve principal investigators from at least two different schools at USC and provide proposals that described one or more specific sustainability problem. In addition, the Center encouraged proposals that developed new methodologies or technologies that are broadly applicable to a range of sustainability problems.

“These proposals were selected from a USC-wide competition for seed funding to advance the University’s research in sustainability. The goal is to leverage these seed funds to develop major projects that provide sustainability solutions for the Southern California region and beyond through novel multi-disciplinary approaches,” said Center Co-Directors Mahta Moghaddam and Detlof von Winterfeldt in a joint statement.

The Center for Sustainability Solutions seeks policy, technological, and behavioral solutions to the most pressing sustainability problems of the Southern California region and the world.  It does this by conducting basic and applied research aimed at making a real-world impact. 

2020 Award Recipients

An Inexpensive Portable Ion Sensing Platform for Sustainable Agriculture and Sustainable Healthcare

Maral Mousavi
Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Viterbi School of Engineering
Bhavna Sharma
Assistant Professor, School of Architecture
Meisam Razaviyayn
Assistant Professor, Departments of Industrial and Systems Engineering (Courtesy appointment with Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and Computer Science Department), Viterbi School of Engineering
Saeid Nosrati
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, Keck School of Medicine, Division of Nephrology

Towards a Gen-4 ERC on AI and Data Science for Data-Rich Water Modeling in California

Felipe de Barros
Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Sonny Astani Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Viterbi School of Engineering
Yolanda Gil
Research Professor of Computer Science and Spatial Sciences and Principal Scientist at USC Information Sciences Institute, Viterbi School of Engineering
John P. Wilson
Professor of Sociology and Spatial Sciences and Founding Director, USC Dornsife Spatial Sciences Institute; Departments of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Computer Science, Preventive Medicine, and Sociology; and School of Architecture

Using Architecture’s Liminal Surface for Public Health: Developing Smog-Eating Architectural Panels to Clean Air and to Mitigate Lung Disease in Inner Cities

Doris Sung
Undergraduate Chair and Associate Professor, USC School of Architecture
Ivan Bermejo-Moreno
Assistant Professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, USC Viterbi School of Engineering
Mitul Luhar 
Associate Professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, USC Viterbi School of Engineering
George Ban-Weiss
Associate Professor of Civil Environmental Engineering, USC Viterbi School of Engineering
Virginia San Fratello
Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Design, San Jose State University
Sigrid Andriaenssens
Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Director of Program in Mechanics, Materials and Structures, Princeton University
Russell Fortmeyer
Associate Principal, Energy and Sustainability Group, ARUP
Edward Avol
Division Chief, Environmental Health Division, Department of Preventive Medicine, USC Keck School of Medicine
David Sloane
Professor, USC Price School of Public Policy

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