Posts Tagged ‘ USC Viterbi ’

Disaster Lessons Unlearned

November 21, 2013
Disaster Lessons Unlearned

COSTAS SYNOLAKIS, professor of civil and environmental engineering, USC Viterbi.

This op-ed originally appeared in the Wall Street Journal on Nov. 12.

The human tragedy of Super Typhoon Haiyan is unprecedented for the Philippines and possibly for the region. Thousands are dead and tens of thousands displaced. As the relief effort builds, the question to ask is whether the human impact was predictable and preventable. The disaster bears striking similarities to the Indonesian tsunami in 2004, Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans...

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The Fourth Science Domain

March 25, 2013
The Fourth Science Domain

PAUL S. ROSENBLOOM, professor of computer science, Institute of Creative Technologies, Viterbi.

This op-ed originally appeared at the Huffington Post.

Introductory science courses, whether in physics, biology or psychology, typically span the discipline's core ideas, along with glimpses of its past and future. Not so with computer science. Students either learn how to use basic applications -- browsers, text editors, drawing programs -- or acquire beginning programming skills. They may also be introduced to some key components of working computer...

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Isolated Iran to Welcome 100-plus Countries for Summit

August 28, 2012
Isolated Iran to Welcome 100-plus Countries for Summit

NAJMEDIN MESHKATI, professor of engineering, USC Viterbi, and GUIVE MIRFENDERESK, international lawyer.

This op-ed originally appeared in the Los Angeles Times.

The 16th summit of the Non-Aligned Movement in Tehran this week will draw dignitaries and representatives from more than 100 countries — 35 heads of state, including Mohamed Morsi, the current chair of the movement and the first democratically elected president of Egypt, as well as U.N. Secretary-General...

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How to Prevent Another Titantic

April 13, 2012
How to Prevent Another Titantic

COSTAS SYNOLAKIS, professor of civil and environmental engineering, USC Viterbi.

his op-ed originally appeared at the HuffingtonPost.

The 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic is now with us. Dozens of events have been planned and the story keeps enthralling us, despite the fact that so few of us travel by large ocean liners anymore. For the record, the beginning of our fascination with disasters of titanic proportions started with the great Lisbon tsunami of 1755, which changed the...

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Are Oil Pipelines Safer Now?

October 4, 2011
Are Oil Pipelines Safer Now?

NAJMEDIN MESHKATI, professor of civil and environmental engineering: “Almost all major oil and gas pipeline systems are run by operators who use computer-based workstations in control rooms. According to a major study of pipeline accidents and spills conducted by the National Transportation Safety Board, more than half of such accidents were caused by the operators’ action, reaction or inaction. The computer systems can also contribute to accidents, influencing recovery time or affecting the magnitude. The most recent natural gas...

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