Alfred E. Mann Fellowships at USC
Alfred E. Mann Innovation in Engineering Doctoral Fellowships
As part of its continuing commitment to innovation in engineering AMI USC is funding three PhD fellowships in the USC Viterbi School of Engineering.
Each fellowship will provide a stipend of $33,000 per year, renewable for up to 3 years, and it is intended to support these students conducting doctoral research that
is either interdisciplinary in nature (biology; medicine; engineering) or relevant to biology and medicine. Tuition will be covered by the USC Viterbi School of Engineering.
Qualified engineering doctoral students are eligible for consideration. Candidates must be nominated by their respective engineering departments.
Each nominated student will be required to submit a research proposal focusing on the technological innovation and the potential impact of their doctoral research on
biomedical engineering or healthcare. Each recipient would be also required to attend the Engineering Entrepreneurship seminar, given in Engineering every Spring.
Selection of the fellows will be made by a Committee chaired by the Sr. Associate Dean of Engineering for Academic Affairs, with representatives
from AMI USC, USC Stevens Center for Innovation, and the USC Office of Research.
The Current Alfred E. Mann Innovation in Engineering Fellows are:
|| Ms. Erica Green
Erica Green is developing novel statistical machine learning methods to analyze and develop predictive models of fMRI scans in Dr. Fei Sha’s (Assistant Professor, Computer Science) laboratory. The goal of the research is to reveal scalable, accurate, and robust models of functional networks in the human brain using resting state fMRI data. She will apply techniques from statistical machine learning such as graphical models to improve over the state-of-the-art techniques by incorporating multivariate relationships among individual voxels. Multitask learning will be incorporated as a tool to improve the robustness of her model.
||Mr. Philip Kwong
Philip Kwong is developing paper-based microfluidic devices for use in “lab-on-a-chip” and “point-of-care” applications. His research will be conducted under the guidance of Dr. Malancha Gupta (Assistant Professor, The Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science). Polymeric architectures on paper will be created using the initiated chemical vapor deposition (iCVD) process with use of metal salt inhibitors to direct polymer growth.
||Ms. Simin Mehrabani
Simin Mehrabani is working toward her PhD in Professor Andrea M. Armani's research group. She is developing a new method of detecting cancer biomarkers based on whispering gallery mode optical microresonators.
Alfred E. Mann Biomedical Engineering Doctoral Fellowships
The Alfred E. Mann Biomedical Engineering Fellowship was established in 1998 by AMI USC and USC with the first fellowship awarded in the Fall of 1999.
The Fellow is selected by the faculty of the Biomedical Engineering department of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering from incoming or new students in the departmental
doctoral program. The fellowship includes a $33,000 stipend and tuition remission and is generally awarded for a period of three years.
The Current Alfred E. Mann Biomedical Engineering Doctoral Fellow is:
||Mr. Arvind Iyer
Arvind Iyer uses computational models of the early visual system to characterize neural encoding schemes which can inform image enhancement and annotation approaches for visual rehabilitative technologies, at the Visual Processing Laboratory under the guidance of Prof. Norberto M Grzywacz.