Researcher named in top ten list

first_imgPopular Science magazine has named USC assistant professor Andrea Armani one of their “Brilliant Ten,” a title reserved for young scientists dramatically impacting their fields of study. Armani works in the Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science in the Viterbi School of Engineering and leads research that draws from physics, chemistry and biology.“If the Brilliant Ten are the faces of things to come, the world will be a safer, smarter and brighter place,” read Popular Science’s article.Armani earned this title through her research and development of new scientific tools. She works with a group of 20 undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral students to conduct her research. One of their projects is to create the components to make an optical computer, a computer that uses photons instead of electrons to keep the system cool, a reality.Armani will be teaming up with Professor Alan Willner of USC’s Information Sciences Institute to help take the system from individual components to a full computer.Not all the projects Armani is involved with, however, are computer related. Popular Science also focused on Armani’s development of specialized sensors such as resonant cavity sensors, which Armani believes might be used to detect small traces of disease. These sensors could be potentially used to study how drugs bind to their targets.Armani has also developed a ultraviolet sensor that can monitor an individual’s sun exposure throughout the day, which could be especially useful to children and those prone to skin cancer. Her sensors could potentially be used to detect radioactivity, biological weapons or waterborne pathogens.“When I was in ninth grade, my parents told me that I had to choose a focus, and now I tell them, ‘See? I was right; I didn’t have to choose. Why choose when you can do it all?’” Armani told Viterbi.Armani studied not just one, but three fields of interest: physics, chemistry and biology. Her expansive knowledge in the three fields allows her to conduct research on a wide variety of topics.“Industrial R&D, if done right, should be very results-focused, aware of the tyranny of time,” Robert Carnes, a former Battelle research director, told Popular Science.  “She can out-industry industry.”Follow us on Twitter @dailytrojanlast_img read more


Beat writers predict close game for Syracuse against No. 10 North Carolina

first_img Published on February 20, 2018 at 4:21 pm Syracuse (18-9, 7-7 Atlantic Coast) hosts No. 10 North Carolina (21-7, 10-5) on Wednesday night in the Carrier Dome. Syracuse enters the game following its 62-55 win at Miami. UNC has won each of its last five contests prior to the meeting in the Dome. Prior to Wednesday’s game Syracuse is without a win against a Top-10 opponent thus far this season, a feat it has accomplished each season since the 2004-05 season.Here is how our beat writers think the game plays out.Matthew Gutierrez (22-5)Sweet CarolineNorth Carolina 71, Syracuse 61Make no mistake: Syracuse could pull off the upset at home, which would go a long way toward fighting into the bracket. But the Tar Heels are rolling, coming off consecutive wins over Duke, North Carolina State, Notre Dame and Louisville (by 17). They are shooting the ball well, rebounding and playing scrappy defense. They can run with their bigs and crash glass, or they can go small and utilize the fast break to speed up the game. That’s potent. And it’s worth noting that all five of their starters are veterans with solid experience, either juniors or seniors.Sam Fortier (19-8)Carolina bluesNorth Carolina 79, Syracuse 74AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe most fun part of this matchup will be UNC’s offense against Syracuse’s defense. Two of the best units in the country square off in a game that would be huge for the Orange to win but one it won’t be able to. SU won’t pull the upset because the Tar Heels are reloaded with another crop of thick, 6-foot-6 to 6-foot-8 athletic guys who can crash the offensive glass, where UNC ranks second this season in rebounding rate (38.9), per Kenpom.com. Roy Williams’ squad beefing up inside is as predictable as the 2-3 zone, and just the same as Boeheim’s signature scheme, it’s easier to talk about than to solve. In further intimidating optimistic Orange fans, Boeheim recently praised the Tar Heels’ size and aggression on the offensive boards. “They’re playing as well right now as they’ve played all year,” Boeheim said of UNC. OK, that’s good enough. I’m taking Carolina.Tomer Langer (18-9)Welcome to the ShowNorth Carolina 82, Syracuse 70This Orange team over the last few months has been tough to figure out. It dropped a game at Georgia Tech, a bottom-four team in the ACC, but then came back to win at Louisville. It struggled to put away a weak Wake Forest team in a win, dropped a game on its home floor to North Carolina State — a team that is ranked very closely to Syracuse per Kenpom — then it goes and beats a higher-rated Miami team on the road. So, anything is possible in this game. But UNC is part of a higher tier than any of those other teams and might be the hottest team in the country right now. Its bevy of scoring options is legit, and N.C. State already proved that a fantastic offense can find holes against the Orange’s typically solid defense. Syracuse’s defense is solid, but this feels like one of those games that even if SU does manage to get stops, UNC will end up with some second opportunities. Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Commentslast_img read more