9th Annual Electrical Engineering Research Festival Hosted by the Ming hsieh Institute

On November 9th, the Ming Hsieh Institute hosted the 9th Annual Electrical Engineering Research Festival. 100 PhD students presented their research to Industry leaders from 27 companies.

As the sun rises over another beautiful November Day in Los Angeles, the setup for the festival begins and MHI staff eagerly awaits to arrival of student presenters and industry leaders.

Soon, the first presenters begin arrive. With smiles on their faces and their posters in hand, it's time to share their research.

The Set Up Begins
The Poster Session Begins - Over 100 unique research posters from our best students.

“The research festival was an exciting opportunity to learn about the diverse and relevant research activity at USC's EE department and explore potential collaborations. I was particularly impressed by the enthusiasm and passion of students as they clearly articulated not only their core research but also creative thoughts towards practical applications of their work.”

- Douglas Fidaleo, Director of Disney Research, Walt Disney Imagineering Research & Development

Handheld Cell-Phone Footage of Our Research Festival in Action

"The research festival is an excellent opportunity for the students to get feedback about their work from the faculty and Industry. As a judge, it is a service to the community, and a chance to meet a large number of students, hear about their ideas and give them advice on how to improve their work."

- Professor Dina El-Damak

"It was exciting sharing my work on distributed machine learning system design at the research festival! I had the precious chance to practice presenting a poster, and got a lot of helpful feedback."

- Qinyi Luo

MHI Scholar Debarghya Sarkar discusses the future of 3D Multifunctional Integrated Circuits with industry leaders.

"The MHI research festival was a great opportunity for me to present my work to people from both industry and academia. I would also like to thank my advisor, Mihailo Jovanovic for his continuous support and guidance through these years. He was always ready to help and never gave up on making me a better researcher."

- Sepideh Hassan Moghaddam

"Learning how to communicate your research is an important aspect of graduate school experience. The MHI research festival provides our PhD students with a unique opportunity to broaden their interdisciplinary perspectives and develop new skills by interacting with a diverse community of fellow graduate students, faculty, and our industrial partners."

- Professor Mihailo Jovanovic

Lunch with Our Industry Sponsors

"I was so proud to see the tremendous vibrancy as industry leaders interacted with our students, gave feedback, and explored new collaborations. The festival also brought together PhD alumni who reunited with their research groups for private dinners. We are inspired to make these endeavors a bigger feature of next year's event."

- Professor Shri Narayanan, Director, Ming Hsieh Institute

Professors, Industry Affiliates, and Presenters Reconvene in the Evening to Award Our Best Student Researchers

USC Trustee and Electrical Engineering department namesake Ming Hsieh thanks everyone for coming.

Dean Yortsos, Ming Hsieh, and MHI Director Shri Narayanan announce the winners for best student research.

Mahdi Nazemi celebrates his win with proud friends. Congratulations, Mahdi!

With presentations finished and awards given out, the entire EE Community spends some time drinking, eating, and chatting.

The cool kids stay late, sharing stories of their engineering exploits.

As the excitement of the day fades, the sun sets on another successful Research Festival and diligent students return to their labs to prepare for next year!


Benjamin Paul

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