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 2019 Best Dissertation Award will be reviewed by a faculty committee and narrowed down to four finalists. The finalists will present their research at the Best Dissertation Symposium on April 18, 2019, from whom the final winner will be selected.
The 2018 winner of The William F. Ballhaus Jr. Prize for Excellence in Graduate Engineering Research, Trevor Krasowsky for his research, and dissertation Characterization of Black Carbon: From Source to Evolution of Physical and Optical Properties in the Atmosphere.
Pictured above: Dean Yannis Yortsos, Trevor Krasowsky, and William F. Ballhaus Jr.
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.
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.