Each year the MIT Technology Review reveals its annual list of Innovators Under 35.  This is a list of 35 technologists under the age of 35, across universities, corporations and research labs, worldwide, whose work has the potential to transform the world.  This year, Assistant Professor Maryam Shanechi of the Electrical Engineering Department at USC is honored on the list. 

Prior to joining USC, Maryam was an assistant professor at the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Cornell University.  She received the B.A.Sc. degree with honors in Engineering Science from the University of Toronto in 2004 and the S.M. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2006 and 2011, respectively.  She has held postdoctoral fellowships at Harvard Medical School and in the EECS department at the University of California, Berkeley.  She has received various awards for academic achievement including the Professional Engineers of Ontario gold medal, the W.S. Wilson medal, and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada doctoral fellowship.

                                                                         Maryam Shanechi

Dr. Shanechi's research focuses on applying the principles of information and control theories and statistical signal processing to develop effective solutions for basic and clinical neuroscience problems that involve the collection and manipulation of neural signals and information.  One problem of particular interest to her is brain-machine interface design for motor function, for closed-loop control of anesthesia, and for control of neuropsychological disorders.  Her work combines methodology development with in vivo implementation and testing.

Source: MIT Technology Review


Maryam Mirzakhani, a professor of mathematics at Stanford, has been awarded the 2014 Fields Medal, the most prestigious honor in mathematics. Mirzakhani is the first woman to win the prize, widely regarded as the "Nobel Prize of mathematics," since it was established in 1936.

Officially known as the International Medal for Outstanding Discoveries in Mathematics, the Fields Medal was presented by the International Mathematical Union on Aug. 13 at the International Congress of Mathematicians, held this year in Seoul, South Korea.

The award recognizes Mirzakhani's sophisticated and highly original contributions to the fields of geometry and dynamical systems, particularly in understanding the symmetry of curved surfaces, such as spheres, the surfaces of doughnuts and of hyperbolic objects. Although her work is considered "pure mathematics" and is mostly theoretical, it has implications for physics and quantum field theory.


Source: Stanford University

Dr. Vaziri

2014 Clinical Translational Scientist of the Year, Applied Translational Scientist

The Institute for Clinical and Translational Science announced that Dr. Vaziri is the recipient of the 2014 Clinical Translational Applied Scientist of the Year.  This award is given to an exceptional UC Irvine investigator whose work is broadly focused on the biomedical sciences.  The awardee is an individual who has contributed substantial new insights and knowledge in the pursuit of improving human health and has linked basic science with clinical application.