Graduate Students Recognized for their Work as Research and Teaching Assistants – USC Viterbi

The Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering honors its best research and teaching assistants

Winners of the 2016-2017 Research Assistant and Teaching Assistant Awards. Photo/Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

The Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering held their annual Research Assistant and Teaching Assistant Awards ceremony on September 29. The winners for the 2016-2017 academic year are:

Qin Ba
Best Research Assistant – Civil Engineering

Qin Ba is a civil engineering PhD student advised by Assistant Professor Ketan Savla, a John and Dorothy Shea Early Career Chair in Civil Engineering. Ba is developing control and optimization tools for dynamic networks, such as transportation or power transmission, to improve their robustness and resilience.

Born and raised in Wuhan, China, Ba earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST) in Wuhan, China in 2010, and a master’s degree in disaster prevention, reduction engineering and protective engineering from Dalian University of Technology (DUT) in Dalian, China in 2013.

PhD student Mahsa Moslehi, winner of the 2016-2017 Best Research Assistant Award, with Professors Burcin Becerik-Gerber and Lucio Soibelman. Photo/Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Farshid Hosseini
Best Research Assistant – Civil Engineering

Farshid Hosseini is a civil engineering PhD student working with Assistant Professor Bora Gencturk. Hosseini’s research focuses on next generation seismic resistant structural systems using high-performance materials such as engineered cementitious composites (ECC) and super-elastic alloys (SEAs). As part of his work, Hosseini tested several bridge columns and beam-column joints using a state of the art testing unit capable of applying complex loading scenarios.

Hosseini is from Iran and received bachelor’s degrees in both civil engineering and industrial…

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