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Title: A Brief Report of the State

A Brief Report of the State of the Viterbi
Yannis C. Yortsos Dean
ABET Visit Welcoming Address October 5, 2009
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Overall Summary
Undergraduate Students Increasing
Quality-Increasing Diversity-Improved
Retention Masters and Professional
Programs Vital to the School-Increase Applicant
Pool Doctoral Students Increased Levels of
Fellowships-Academic Placement Research Compete
Successfully for National Centers- e.g. Health,
Energy, Megacities, IT Faculty Recruit, Retain
and Reward the Best Communications Communicate
Difference and Excellence Fundraising Completed
Initiative (300M by June 30, 2008)- Fundraise
for New Building Administration and Finances
Strengthening Infrastructure- Meeting the
Challenges of the Changing Global Economy
Viterbi at a Glance
Founded USC engineering began in 1905 Academic
departments AME, ASTD, BmE, CEE (Astani), ChEMaSC
(Mork), CS, EE (Hsieh), ISE (Epstein) Faculty 168
tenure-track faculty, with 52 endowed chairs and
professorships, 56 NSF Career Awardees and 17
full-time, tenure-track NAE members (34
total) Student population Approximately 2,000 UG
and 4,000 G students Aim at a balanced and
excellent UG and G programs in the context of a
research university Degrees awarded in academic
year 200809 B.S. 401 Ph.D. 164 M.S.
1413 Alumni More than 50,000
Faculty Metrics (ASEE Fall 2007 Data)
Arrow indicates Top 10 in US News World Report
Assistant Associate Full
Viterbi a medium-size school Establish and
maintain excellence with limited faculty growth
Engineering Student Enrollments (ASEE Fall 2007
Viterbi at a Glance (Cont)
Annual Research Expenditures More than 160
million, with more than 45 research centers and
Institutes Research Centers and Institutes (see
also Appendix for New Centers) Home to
Information Sciences Institute (ISI) ) IT
Foundation (NSF) Engineering Research Centers
(ERC) Integrated Media Systems Center (IMSC) )
MULTIMEDIA Biomimetic MicroElectronic Systems
Center of Excellence of the U.S. Department of
Homeland Security Center for Risk and Economic
Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE)
Department of Energy Frontiers Research Center
(EFRC) SOLAR The National Center for
Metropolitan Transportation Research (METRANS)
Biomedical Informatics Research Network (BIRN) )
BIOINFORMATICS Center for Health Informatics
Dollars Industry Research Centers (CiSoft-
Chevron, Infosys, Pratt and Whitney, Airbus, GE)
with Alfred E. Mann Institute for Biomedical
Engineering (AMI) Institute for Creative
Technologies (ICT) USC Stevens Institute for
Research Expenditures
1/3 of USCs Research Volume is Generated by the
Viterbi School
Undergraduate Students
  • Meeting (and exceeding) enrollments with
    increasing academic quality and diversity
  • 28 women 15 underrepresented
  • Viterbi continues to lead USC in quality
  • Increased freshman return rates
  • Freshman Academies, Math Instruction
  • Focused advisement and mentoring programs
  • Increased retention and graduation rates
  • At 88 6-yr graduation rate Viterbi is above the
    USC average

UG Student Metrics Quality, Selectivity,
Freshman Class Average SAT Scores
  • One out of 8 freshmen applicants admitted
  • The average freshman SAT score increased by 9
    points per year in the last three years
  • Fall 09 Freshman average SAT of 2114 highest in
    the university
  • 46 National Merit Scholars in 2009
  • 15 of total enrollment are underrepresented
  • More than 1/4 of all undergraduates and more
    than 1/3 of all freshmen are female 

UG Student Metrics Retention
Return Rate (to Viterbi) by Cohort
UG Student Distinctions
  • Julianne Gale (CS)- USC Valedictorian,
    Commencement 2008
  • Reed Doucette (ME)- USC Salutatorian,
    Commencement 2008
  • Rhodes
    Scholar Winner 2008
  • (One of
    two Californians)
  • Ous Mellouli (CS)- Gold Medal Winner, Beijing
    Summer Olympics, 2008
  • 1500m
    Freestyle Swimming
  • Many Student Organizations Distinctions
  • (Aero, Astro,
    Civil, Games, Programming, etc.)

UG Education Innovations
  • Freshman academies- 2004
  • Ownership of math instruction (CIMES)- 2005
  • Budget Line Item of gt300K/year to Instructional
  • KIUEL- 2006
  • Provides leadership and service-learning
    opportunities outside the classroom
  • Division of Engineering Education- 2007
  • Consisting of faculty across departments it
    promotes Educational Innovation
  • Capstone design innovations
  • Fab Lab used by undergraduates for experimental
    design- 2007
  • Cross-disciplinary design courses within
    engineering majors- 2007
  • Common design courses with Business and Fine
    Arts students- 2008
  • Common-based themes (2009) Assisting People
    with Disabilities
  • NAE grand challenges scholars- 2009

UG Education Innovations (cont.)
  • Outreach and community service
  • KIUEL- 2006 Technical community support to
    local classrooms
  • Engineers Without Borders Technical community
    service in underdeveloped countries
  • Engineering Writing Program Outreach
    opportunities locally and globally (e.g. South
  • FIRST Robotics Mentoring
  • Engineers as Teachers Opportunities for
    engineering students to outreach to elementary

Masters and Professional Programs
Distinguish between professional and PhD
programs Terminal MS degree
  • Increasing applicant pool
  • Progressive Degree Programs (PDP) 41
  • New recruitment strategies for domestic on-campus
    MS students
  • PdP partnerships with Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
    Olin- explore more
  • Offer new niche areas, e.g. Green Technologies
    Health Systems
  • Expanded and improved recruitment practices from
  • Office in India new office in Shanghai- Mexico
    and Canada
  • Recruitment in China (156 increase), Taiwan (11
  • Distance Education Network
  • Pioneer in delivering engineering graduate
    education (to industry- see Appendix)
  • Wide Offering of Degrees DEN offers 37 Master
    of Science degrees - more than

  • that of any leading research university
  • Convenient Classes archived on the server for
    the entire semester

Doctoral Students
  • Robust graduating class (164 in 2008-2009)
  • Almost 1 graduated PhD per TT faculty (see also
  • Can now offer over 100 unrestricted one-year
  • Provost, Annenberg, Viterbi
  • Mork, Hsieh, Chevron other
  • Provide needed TA support according to model
  • 1 yr fellowship, 1 yr TA, 3 yrs RA
  • 21 female- 1/3 domestic

Research Plans
  • Building on unique interdisciplinary strengths
  • Engineering Social Sciences
  • Engineering Communications (Annenberg,
    Cinematic Arts)
  • EngineeringHealth
  • New joint VSoE-KSoM program HST_at_USC
  • Aggressively pursuing new research areas
  • Energy
  • Urban Infrastructure
  • IT and CS
  • Leading role in the NAE Grand Challenges
  • Increasing corporate and international
  • Infosys, GE, TI, . Others

The 14 NAE Grand Challenges
Secure Cyberspace Prevent Nuclear Terror
Restore and Improve Urban Infrastructure
Manage the Nitrogen Cycle Provide Access to
Clean Water Enhance Virtual Reality Advance
Personalized Learning Engineer the Tools of
Scientific Discovery
Make Solar Energy Economical Provide Energy
from Fusion Develop Carbon Sequestration Methods
Engineer Better Medicines Advance Health
Informatics Reverse Engineer the Brain
NAE Challenges Summit Held at Duke, March 2, 09,
co-hosted by USC and Olin Second Summit on
October 6-7, 2010, at the USC Campus
Recent Faculty Distinctions
  • Andrew Viterbi National Medal of Science 2008
  • Max Nikias, Yannis Yortsos Elected to the NAE
  • Bob Scholz, George Olah Elected to the NAE 2009
  • Naj Meshkati - 2009 Jefferson Science Fellow for
    the U.S. State Department
  • Dan Dapkus ISCS 2009 Welker Award
  • Shanghua Teng 2009 Delbert Ray Fulkerson Prize
  • Alice Parker 2009 ASEE Sharon KeillorAward for
    Women in Engineering Education
  • Steve Cronin, Hossein Hashemi, Michelle
    Povinelli NSF Early CAREER Award
  • Andrea Armani, Ellis Meng- 2009 TR35 (MIT
    Technology Review)
  • Andrea Armani (ONR Young Investigator), Michelle
    Povinelli (ARO Young Investigator), David Kempe

New Faculty- Fall 2009
  • Shang-Hua Teng Computer Science
  • Azad Madni Daniel J. Epstein Department of
    Industrial and Systems Engineering
  • Terence Sanger Department of Biomedical
  • Malancha Gupta Mork Family Department of
    Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
  • Jernej Barbic Computer Science
  • William G.J. Halfond Computer Science
  • Veronica Eliasson Aerospace and Mechanical
  • Alex Dimakis Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical
    Engineering- Systems
  • Quiang Huang Daniel J. Epstein Department of
    Industrial and Systems Engineering

Fundraising Highlights
Destination the Future 300M 7-year Fundraising
Initiative Endowment Goal 150M- Raised 190M
2/3 of total
2004 USC Viterbi School of Engineering (52
2002 USC Daniel J. Epstein Department of
Industrial and Systems Engineering (11 million)
2004 Stevens Institute for Technology
Commercialization (22 million) Now USC
Stevens Institute for Innovation
2005 USC Mork Family Department of Chemical
Engineering and Materials Science (15 million)
2006 USC Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical
Engineering (35 million)
2006 Klein Institute for Undergraduate
Engineering Life (KIUEL) (8 million)
2007 USC Sonny Astani Department of Civil and
Environmental Engineering (17 million)
VSoE Sharing ABETs Approach
Constituencies Input
Educational Objectives of the Program
Attributes of our graduates in 3-5 years
What our students should know at graduation
Program Outcomes ABET Criteria
DEE is a new, crucial, component of feedback loop
Mechanics and Plan Curriculum
Constituencies Faculty, students, alumni,
parents, boards, employers,
Faculty involvement essential in both assessment,
evaluation and feedback!
Recent ABET-related Initiatives
  • Improved assessment methods- since last ABET
  • Transitioning from indirect assessment of courses
    to direct assessment of outcomes
  • The Viterbi Academic Resource Center since 2004
  • Peer Tutoring Supplemental Instruction (SI)
  • First Year Excellence Program since 2006
  • Focuses on Viterbi freshmen by providing
    opportunities for academic exploration and
    co-curricular connections
  • Division of Engineering Education (DEE)
    responsibilities for across-the-school
    coordination- 2007
  • School-level feedback mechanism
  • Research Professor Gisele Ragusa jointly
    appointed (50-50) with Rossier School of
    Education- since 2007

Expert Advice
  • Larry Shuman Associate Dean for Academic
    Affairs, University of Pittsburgh and ABET
    Evaluator, November 14, 2008
  • Fred DePiero Associate Dean for Undergraduates,
    Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and ABET Evaluator,
    December 12, 2008
  • Both met with all of our program representatives
    and gave a seminar for the entire group
  • Gigi Ragusa Faculty member from the USC Rossier
    School of Education spends half of her effort in
    the Viterbi School of Engineering

School Assessment Strategy for Criteria 2
Program Objectives
  • The Board of Councilors has been a participant in
    informing our objectives
  • A survey as well as a comprehensive focus group
    of the board was done
  • Alumni surveys were created by the programs and
    implemented by the School
  • The School has EBI Exit Assessment data (this
    data fall somewhere between objectives and

School Assessment Strategy for Criteria 3
Program Outcomes
  • The guidance given to the programs by the School
    and our consultants
  • There are to be two (or more) direct assessments
    per outcome.
  • Prefer that one should occur in a lower division
  • One should occur in an upper division course

Direct Outcome Assessment
  • School-Wide
  • Hard Skills
  • Outcome A - Physics 151 has been running the
    Force Concept Inventory for six years
  • Soft Skills
  • Outcomes F, G, H, I - Engineering Global
    Preparedness Index.
  • This is a direct assessment aligned to ABET
    outcomes F, G, H, I and the Engineer of 2020.
    This is also being run at 6 Schools.
  • Outcome G Writing 340 evaluates written
    communication outcome using a rubric
  • Individual Programs
  • Most programs are using a mixture of
  • Exams/Assignments/Projects (Micro-content)
  • Rubrics, Concept Inventories (Macro-content)

Criterion 4 Continuous Improvement (The role of
  • Each year the Division of Engineering Education
    will hear presentations from every one of the
    programs about their assessment plans so that the
    DEE knows what is being assessed, in which
    classes, with what instruments, and with what
  • The DEE is asked to evaluate both the plan and
    the results. The DEE is responsible for
    recognizing, based on the assessment data, where
    we should be better educating our students.
  • If it appears to be an issue with the freshman or
    sophomore curriculum, the DEE will be responsible
    for making changes.  If the shortcomings are with
    the department courses, then the DEE will task
    the relevant department curriculum committee with
    addressing the issue and reporting back on their

Our Vision
  • First at USC
  • A leader in the nation
  • Constantly rising quality
  • Excellence in all endeavors

Research New Centers
  • Department of Energy Frontiers Research Center
    (EFRC)- 2009
  • PI- Dan Dapkus (EE) Five-year, 12.5M
  • Center for Health Informatics (CHI)- 2008
  • Co-PI Carl Kesselman (ISE)
  • Supported by St. Johns Hospital at 17M the
    first two years
  • NIH BioInformatics Research Network (BIRN)- 2008
  • PI- Carl Kesseman (ISE)- 5 year, 22.5M
  • Infosys Center for Advanced Software Technologies
    (CAST)- 2008
  • PI -Viktor Prasanna (EE)
  • Renewal of the BME BMSR NIH Center- 2008
  • PI- David DArgenio (BME)- 5-year, 5.9M
  • Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center- 2008
  • Co-PI Francisco Valero-Cuevas (BME)
  • Support from the Department of Education
  • Department of Defense UARC in Systems
    Engineering- 2008
  • Co-PI Barry Boehm (CS)

Corporate Sponsors
  • Aerojet
  • BAE Systems
  • Aerospace Corporation
  • Alpine Electronics
  • Boeing Corporation
  • Chevron
  • Ericsson
  • GE Energy
  • General Dynamics
  • Hamilton Sundstrand
  • Honeywell
  • Intel
  • JPL
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Motorola
  • NASA
  • Nokia
  • Northrop Grumman
  • Occidental Petroleum
  • Pratt Whitney
  • Qualcomm
  • Raytheon
  • SAIC
  • United Technologies Corp.
  • United States Air Force

Doctoral Student Comparison
3/4 to one
One new PhD graduate per year per TT faculty
Recent Publications on Engineering Education
  • Engineering Education Assessment
  • 1. Ragusa, G., Cocozza, J. and Sabogal, D.,
    Research, Collaboration and Interconnected
    Outreach for Underrepresented Groups Success
    from Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) and
    Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)
    Collaborations. Conference Proceedings Annual
    Meeting American Society of Engineering
    Educators. Austin, TX. June, (2009).
  • 2. Ragusa, G., Preparing Engineers for Global
    Workforces A Research Universitys Response.
    Conference Proceedings Annual Meeting American
    Society of Engineering Educators. Austin, TX.
    June, 2009.
  • 3. Lee, C.T., and Ragusa, G., A Degree-Project
    Approach to Engineering Education. Conference
    Proceedings Annual Meeting American Society of
    Engineering Educators. Austin, TX. June, (2009).
  • 4. Bardet, J. P. , and Ragusa, G., Analysis of
    the Body of Knowledge in Civil Engineering.
    Conference Yearbook Annual Meeting American
    Society of Engineering Educators. Austin, TX.
    June, (2009).
  • 5. Redekopp, M., Raghavendra, R., Ragusa, G. and
    Wilbur, T., A Fully Interdisciplinary Approach to
    Capstone Design Courses. Conference Yearbook
    Annual Meeting American Society of Engineering
    Educators. Austin, TX. June, (2009).
  • 6. Lee, C.T., and Ragusa, G., A Degree-Project
    Approach to Chemical Engineering. Conference
    Proceedings Annual Meeting American Society of
    Engineering Educators. Pittsburgh, PA. June,
  • 7. Ragusa, G. and Cocozza, J., Engineering
    Outreach Connecting Biomimetic Research to Urban
    K-12 Classrooms. Conference Yearbook Annual
    Meeting American Society of Engineering
    Educators. Pittsburgh, PA. June, (2008).
  • 8. Ragusa, G. Khoo, M., Meng, E., Engineering
    Education In Biomimetic Microelectronic Systems
    An Urban Engineering Research Centers Response.
    Conference Yearbook Annual Meeting American
    Society of Engineering Educators. Pittsburgh, PA.
    June, (2008).
  • 9. Cocozza, J. and Ragusa, G., The Engineering
    for Health Academy A Specialized Secondary
    Program Preparing High School Students for a
    Career in the Biomedical Engineering Profession.
    Conference Yearbook Annual Meeting of the ICEE.
    Budapest, August (2008).
  • 10. Bardet, J.P., McLeod, D. and Ragusa, G.,
    Ontology and Web Semantics for Improvement of
    Curriculum in Civil Engineering. Conference
    Yearbook Annual Meeting American Society of
    Engineering Educators. Pittsburgh, PA. June,

Recent Publications on Engineering Education
  • Engineering Education Assessment (cont.)
  • 11. Bardet, J. P. ,Ragusa, G. and Meyer, K.,
    Performance Assessment for Civil and
    Environmental Engineering Curricula. Conference
    Yearbook Annual Meeting American Society of
    Engineering Educators. Pittsburgh., PA. June,
  • 12. Jenkins, M., and L.A. Yates, "Development and
    Assessment of a Freshman Seminar to Address
    Societal Context", American Society for
    Engineering Education Annual Conference
    Exposition, Portland, Oregon, (2005).
  • 13. Jenkins, M. and Keim, R.G. Gender Trends in
    Engineering Retention. Frontiers in Education
    (FIE) 2004,Savannah, GA, October 20-23, (2004).
  • Engineering Education
  • 14. Kate Baxter, Louise Yates, Addressing
    Freshman Retention through Focused Advisement and
    Seminar Programs, American Society for
    Engineering Education Annual Conference and
    Exposition, Pittsburgh, PA (2008).
  • 15. Stephen Bucher, Illumin Using an Online
    Magazine for Teaching and Outreach, 2009 ASEE
    Annual Conference, AC 2008-797, Pittsburgh, PA
  • 16. Larry Lim, Developing Young Engineers From
    Start to Finish, Conference Yearbook Annual
    Meeting American Society of Engineering
    Educators. Pittsburgh., PA. June, (2008).

Role and Mission of the University of Southern
  • The central mission of the University of
    Southern California is the development of human
    beings and society as a whole through the
    cultivation and enrichment of the human mind and
    spirit. The principal means by which our mission
    is accomplished are teaching, research, artistic
    creation, professional practice and selected
    forms of public service.
  • Our first priority as faculty and staff is the
    education of our students, from freshmen to post
    doctorals, through a broad array of academic,
    professional, extracurricular and athletic
    programs of the first rank. The integration of
    liberal and professional learning is one of USC's
    special strengths. We strive constantly for
    excellence in teaching knowledge and skills to
    our students, while at the same time helping them
    to acquire wisdom and insight, love of truth and
    beauty, moral discernment, understanding of self,
    and respect and appreciation for others.
  • Research of the highest quality by our faculty
    and students is fundamental to our mission. USC
    is one of a very small number of premier academic
    institutions in which research and teaching are
    inextricably intertwined, and on which the nation
    depends for a steady stream of new knowledge,
    art, and technology. Our faculty are not simply
    teachers of the works of others, but active
    contributors to what is taught, thought and
    practiced throughout the world.
  • USC is pluralistic, welcoming outstanding men
    and women of every race, creed and background. We
    are a global institution in a global center,
    attracting more international students over the
    years than any other American university. And we
    are private, unfettered by political control,
    strongly committed to academic freedom, and proud
    of our entrepreneurial heritage.
  • An extraordinary closeness and willingness to
    help one another are evident among USC students,
    alumni, faculty, and staff indeed, for those
    within its compass the Trojan Family is a
    genuinely supportive community. Alumni, trustees,
    volunteers and friends of USC are essential to
    this family tradition, providing generous
    financial support, participating in university
    governance, and assisting students at every turn.
  • In our surrounding neighborhoods and around the
    globe, USC provides public leadership and public
    service in such diverse fields as health care,
    economic development, social welfare, scientific
    research, public policy and the arts. We also
    serve the public interest by being the largest
    private employer in the city of Los Angeles, as
    well as the city's largest export industry in the
    private sector.
  • USC has played a major role in the development
    of Southern California for more than a century,
    and plays an increasingly important role in the
    development of the nation and the world. We
    expect to continue to play these roles for many
    centuries to come. Thus our planning, commitments
    and fiscal policies are directed toward building
    quality and excellence in the long term.

  • Adopted by the USC Board of Trustees, February,

The Viterbi School of Engineerings Mission
  • The USC Viterbi School is an innovative, elite,
    internationally recognized engineering school
    that creates new models of education, research
    and commercialization firmly rooted in real world
  • The first priorities of the faculty and staff are
    the education of our outstanding students and the
    pursuit and publication of research.
  • As the Schools faculty and students are
    extending the frontiers of engineering knowledge
    through their research, they are also are
    applying engineering and technology in
    interdisciplinary and enabling ways to address
    the grand societal challenges of the day.
  • The School stimulates and encourages in its
    students those qualities of scholarship,
    leadership and character that mark the true
    academic and professional engineer to serve
    California, the nation and the world.
  • The School is preparing students to translate
    invention to innovation as well as developing
    students social consciousness to bring their
    technical expertise to bear on societal problems.
  • The School is also providing for the continuing
    education of engineering and scientific personnel
    to provide professional engineering leadership in
    the solution of community, regional, national and
    global problems.
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