University of Southern California Fred S. Grodins Graduate Research Symposium The USC Andrew and Erna Viterbi School of Engineering USC

Sponsors of the 14th Annual Symposium


Platinum

Alfred E. Mann Institute

The Alfred E. Mann Institute for Biomedical Engineering at the University of Southern California (AMI-USC) is a non-profit organization that supports research, development and commercialization of biomedical devices and other technologies. The Institute provides philanthropic support for biomedical device development that can significantly impact healthcare. AMI is an incubation center devoted to accelerating the commercialization of biomedical devices by nurturing promising biomedical technologies.
http://ami.usc.edu

Gold

Graduate and Professional Student Senate

The Graduate and Professional Student Senate (GPSS) is the official voice of the graduate and professional student body at University of Southern California. Elected officers, senators (department/school representatives), and special interest committees tackle issues specific to graduate and professional students and provide venues for interaction beyond the academic realm. The GPSS funding comes from the programming fees, and this money is used to provide advocacy, social, academic, and community service events, and funding for student groups throughout the year.
http://www.gpssusc.com

Hope for Vision

Millions of Americans are slowly losing vision every day due to retinal degenerative diseases. In hope that we can eradicate blinding diseases and their great costs, Hope For Vision (HFV) provides the tools necessary for people to come together to share our common interest in this cause and to work together to raise funds for this critical research. HFV is comprised of thousands of dedicated volunteers and vision advocates in Communities of Hope across the country, who raise funds through special events and other activities. Guided by its Board of Visionary Scientists, HFV distributes over 90% of funds raised directly to researchers at leading medical institutions nationwide. Since 2005, HFV Communities of Hope have hosted over 30 events raising millions for sight-saving research.
http://www.hopeforvision.org

National Semiconductor

National Semiconductor was founded in 1959, the same year the integrated circuit was created. In 1966, National moved the company’s headquarters to a large plot of land in Santa Clara, California, that was to become known as “Silicon Valley.” Known for its world-class manufacturing and logistics, product reliability, and innovative technology, National creates analog-intensive solutions that differentiate customers’ products by providing greater energy efficiency, precision, portability, better audio and sharper images in electronic systems. Analog technologies, also known as linear technologies, are the essential link between the digital world of ones and zeroes and the real world of light, sound, temperature, speed, and pressure. National’s technologies address issues facing system designers in markets such as mobile handsets, communications and industrial applications.
http://www.national.com

Silver

Biomimetic MicroElectronic Systems

NSF Engineering Research Center for Biomimetic MicroElectronic Systems (BMES) was established in September 2003 with funding from the National Science Foundation. Our vision is to develop the science and engineering of novel biomimetic microelectronic systems based on fundamental principles of biology. The newly developed systems will allow bi-directional communication with tissue and by doing so enable implantable/portable microelectronic devices to treat presently incurable human diseases such as blindness and memory loss. The overall technical merit of this proposal lies in developing disruptive rather than incremental advancement in technology.
http://bmes-erc.usc.edu

Viterbi Graduate Student Association

The Viterbi Graduate Student Association (VGSA) promotes interaction among the graduate students of the Viterbi School of Engineering, USC with various academic and social activities. Some of our activities provide cultural awareness, while other activities provide fun and excitement. Most importantly, at all of these activities, graduate engineering students can meet fellow engineering students. VGSA also tries to address the needs and concerns of graduate engineering students. We have senators representing each engineering department and a graduate student liaison. Each board member is focused on providing specialized assistance for the graduate students of Viterbi.
http://viterbistudents.usc.edu/vgsa/
 
Friends

Advanced Brain Monitoring

Advanced Brain Monitoring develops devices and software for portable monitoring and real-time interpretation of physiological signals for assessment of sleep and neurocognitive function. The systems are easily applied at home, in the clinic, or in the workplace to optimize diagnostic assessments and treatment outcome evaluations, combining laboratory level accuracy with the portability, ease-of-use, and affordability of consumer electronics. Our mission has been to develop truly innovative products based on demonstrable needs to improve the health and wellness in the US and worldwide. ABM research is funded by NIH, DARPA, ONR and OSD.
http://www.b-alert.com

USC Stevens Institute for Innovation

The USC Stevens Institute for Innovation is a university-wide institute in the office of the Provost designed to harness the creative thinking and innovative work at all of USC’s 17 professional schools, the USC College, and research centers across campus to build a multidisciplinary approach to innovation. To empower USC innovators to make maximum societal impact with their ideas, the USC Stevens Institute identifies, nurtures, protects, and transfers to the market the most exciting innovations from USC, and in turn, provides a central connection for industry seeking cutting edge innovations in which to invest. Furthermore, the USC Stevens Institute develops the innovator as well as innovations, through educational programs, community-building events, and showcase opportunities.
http://stevens.usc.edu

Thanks also to: Dr. Steve Koh and St. Jude Medical