Anita Sengupta, NASA researcher and Adjunct Research Associate Professor of Astronautics in the USC Viterbi Department of Astronautical Engineering, developed a supersonic parachute to help land NASA's Curiosity science laboratory on Mars in 2012.
A group of USC Viterbi students worked with James Finley, an assistant professor of biokinesiology and biomedical engineering and director of the Locomotor Control Lab at the USC Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy, to create "Overcome," a virtual reality game for over 10 million people worldwide living with Parkinson’s disease.
Inspired by a lecture on exploring extra- planetary oceans using robots, a group of five USC Viterbi undergraduates formed a startup called Marlink to develop an underwater wireless communication technology that could allow for greater exploration of the ocean at a lower cost than currently possible.
The goal? Gathering more data on the health of ocean environments, like coral reefs, as well as oil rigs and underwater pipelines.
THE MARLINK TEAM (LEFT TO RIGHT): CO-FOUNDER MARIA CAMASMIE, CO-FOUNDER SIENA APPLEBAUM, CO-FOUNDER ROXANNA PAKKAR, CO-FOUNDER CELESTE GOODWIN AND CO-FOUNDER SOFIA TAVELLA (PHOTO/TRACY + DAVID STILLS AND MOTION)
Did you know gravitational waves exist in the universe? A specialized computer program called Pegasus, created by a team of USC Viterbi scientists at the Information Sciences Institute facilitated the work of scientists who won the Nobel Prize for their discovery of gravitational waves that are powerful enough to ripple throughout space and distort the shape of the cosmos.
Since Pegasus is an open-source software, it is available for other researchers to download without any licensing fees. The USC research team said it has been used for other scientific initiatives, including those at the Southern California Earthquake Center, which uses the software to model seismic hazards in SoCal and predict the flow of an earthquake.