2017 Recipient

Fei Fang, the 2017 recipient, with Dean Yannis Yortsos and William F. Ballhaus Jr. at the 2017 Viterbi PhD Hooding and Awards Ceremony after receiving her award.

A member of the USC Viterbi Board of Councilors, Dr. William F. Ballhaus, Jr. is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley where he earned a PhD in engineering and bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering. He had a renowned career in industry, including service as president and chief executive officer of The Aerospace Corporation, corporate officer and vice president of engineering and technology at Lockheed Martin, and president of two Martin Marietta businesses. He spent the first half of his career at NASA Ames and served as the director of that center. He is a member of the NAE and serves on multiple boards including the NASA Advisory Council.

The William F. Ballhaus, Jr. Prize for Excellence in Graduate Engineering Research is bestowed to the best doctoral dissertation, was established in 2015, and will be awarded each year in perpetuity in the future.

The nominees of the 2017 Best Dissertation Award were reviewed by a faculty committee and narrowed down to four finalists. The finalists presented their research at the Best Dissertation Symposium on April 18, 2017, from whom the final winner was selected.

Previous Years Recipients

Matthew Gilpin, the 2016 winner of the William F. Ballhaus, Jr. Prize for Excellence in Graduate Engineering Research, is pictured with Dean Yortsos and Dr. Ballhaus, Jr. after receiving the award.

Seyedhamed M Barghi, the 2015 winner of the William F. Ballhaus, Jr. Prize for Excellence in Graduate Engineering Research, smiles with Dr. Ballhaus, Jr. and Dean Yortsos after receiving the award.