USC Inventors Honored at Annual Stevens Center for Innovation Reception

The event highlighted new inductees to the USC Chapter of the National Academy of Inventors. Pictured are Stevens Center leadership (Michael Arciero and Jennifer Dyer) with Kaushik Mukherjee (new USC chapter member), Michael S. Waterman (NAI Fellow and USC chapter member), and Mark Humayun (NAI Fellow and USC chapter member).

Story by John Merritt | Photos by Nikolaus Traitler

Inventors from a number of USC schools and colleges gathered on the 30th floor of the USC City Center on March 27, 2019, for an annual reception hosted by the USC Stevens Center for Innovation. The event recognized USC faculty and researchers whose technology was licensed or who were named on an issued U.S. patent in calendar 2018.

“This event is a great opportunity to highlight creative thinking and breakthrough research at USC that is having an impact beyond traditional academic means,” said Jennifer Dyer, executive director of the USC Stevens Center for Innovation.

Researchers who were named on a U.S. patent were inducted into the USC Chapter of the National Academy of Inventors. The NAI is a national nonprofit organization that includes around 200 member institutions and approximately 3,000 individual members and Fellows. Institutions are encouraged by NAI to host their own chapter and customize them to their organization’s innovation goals and initiatives. The USC chapter was launched in 2017 with an inaugural class of more than 300 inventors.

This year eight new members were inducted into the USC NAI chapter:

  • Will Berelson, Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences
  • Jeff Joseph Celaje, Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences
  • Yifei Liu, Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences
  • Nick Rollins, Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences
  • Ramakrishnan Gopalakrishnan, Keck School of Medicine
  • Kaushik Mukherjee, Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry
  • Kaijin Wu, School of Pharmacy
  • Brian Kim, Viterbi School of Engineering

In addition, Vice President of Research Randolph Hall announced that Mark Stevens was being made an honorary member of the USC Chapter of the National Academy of Inventors. Mark is one of Silicon Valley’s most successful venture capitalists: he is the managing partner of S-Cubed Capital, his family investment office based in Menlo Park, and is also a special limited partner and former managing partner of Sequoia Capital.

Mark has been a dedicated supporter of innovation at USC for many years and a longtime benefactor of the university. He has served as a member of the USC Board of Trustees since 2001 and has also served on the Board of Councilors for the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. Mark holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, and a Master of Science in Computer Engineering, all from USC, and an MBA from Harvard University.

The following individuals were presented with USC Stevens Technology Commercialization Awards for their listed technologies:

Use of Thermobimetal in Architectural Building Skins
Doris Sung, School of Architecture

Compositions and Methods Targeting Diseases and Disorders of the Retina, Brain, & Skin
Nicos Petasis, Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences

Development of FGFR Inhibitors as Targeted Cancer Therapies and Related Technologies
Chao Zhang, Arunika Ekanayake, Bianca Espinosa, Renata Rezende Miranda: Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences
John Carpten, Keck School of Medicine

Light Stage Aluminum Sphere Structure Design & Schematics
Paul Debevec, Institute for Creative Technologies

Albumin-F8 Conjugate for Burn Wounds
Wei Li, Mei Chen, David Woodley: Keck School of Medicine

Ultrasound and Microbubbles in Ocular Diagnostics and Therapies
Hossein Ameri, Mark Humayun, Qifa Zhou: Keck School of Medicine
K. Shung, Viterbi School of Engineering

Retinal Prosthesis System
Hossein Ameri and Mark Humayun: Keck School of Medicine
Armand Tanguay, Jr., Viterbi School of Engineering

Monoclonal Antibody to Treat Acinetobacter baumannii infections
Brad Spellberg, Keck School of Medicine

Rifabutin for the Treatment of Acinetobacter baumannii
Brad Spellberg and Brian Luna, Keck School of Medicine

Common Application Framework Extensible (CAFE Framework)
John Casagrande, Reed Comire, Mark DeTomaso: Keck School of Medicine

Immunoconjugate for Cancer Therapy
Alan Epstein, Peisheng Hu, Leslie Khawli: Keck School of Medicine

Pulsed Power Technologies
Martin Gundersen and Jason Sanders, Viterbi School of Engineering

Technologies for Computer Chip Resilience
Michel Sika, Viterbi School of Engineering — Information Sciences Institute

Counselor Observer Ratings Expert for Motivational Interviewing (CORE-MI)
Shrikanth Narayanan, Viterbi School of Engineering

Technologies for Rod Pump Artificial Lift Systems
Cauligi Raghavendra and Dong Guo, Viterbi School of Engineering
Ke-Thia Yao, Viterbi School of Engineering — Information Sciences Institute

Image Registration and Object Recognition Technologies
Ulrich Neumann, Viterbi School of Engineering

Modeling by Recognition
Ulrich Neumann and Luciano Nocera, Viterbi School of Engineering

Phrase-Driven Grammar for Data Visualization
Ulrich Neumann, Viterbi School of Engineering

Effective Knowledge Transfer Among Patient Populations via Deep Learning
Yan Liu, Viterbi School of Engineering

Metal Additive Manufacturing Technologies
Berok Khoshnevis, Viterbi School of Engineering

Multi-Agent Path Finding for Fulfillment Centers
Sven Koenig, Nora Ayanian, Liron Cohen, Wolfgang Hoenig, Jiaoyang Li, Hang Ma, Tansel Uras, Hong Xu: Viterbi School of Engineering
T.K. Satish Kumar, Viterbi School of Engineering — Information Sciences Institute

Unobtrusive Wearable Audio Tracking Technology
Shrikanth Narayanan, Tiantian Feng, Brandon Booth, Amrutha Nadarajan, Colin Vaz: Viterbi School of Engineering

Integrated Circuit Power Consumption & Monitoring Technologies
Young Cho and Andrew Goodney, Viterbi School of Engineering

Photos from the awards ceremony:

Jennifer Dyer (Executive Director, Stevens Center) with Randolph Hall (Vice President, Research) welcomed the audience of USC inventors and researchers in the 30th floor of the USC City Center in Downtown Los Angeles.

Jennifer Dyer (Stevens Center Executive Director) and Randolph Hall (Vice President, Research) presented USC trustee and benefactor Mark Stevens an honorary membership in the USC Chapter of the National Academy of Inventors.

Mark Stevens was named an honorary member of the USC Chapter of the National Academy of Inventors. In accepting the honor, Stevens spoke briefly about the history of the Stevens Center and his support of innovation at USC.

Doris Sung

Nicos Petasis

Mark Humayun and Hossein Ameri

Leslie Khawli and Alan Epstein

Michel Sika

Luciano Nocera

Sven Koenig and Liron Cohen

Tiantian Feng

Andrew Goodney