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

Sponsors of the 18th Annual Symposium


Graduate Student Organization

The GSG mission is to enhance the University of Southern California graduate and professional student experience by serving as the face of the student body.  To accomplish this, GSG is responsible for managing student resources efficiently, providing a voice for the student community, building a community that fosters interdisciplinary exchanges, and informing students about their rights, resources, and opportunities.


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.




AbbVie, formerly a part of Abbot Laboratories, is a global leader in the world in biopharmaceuticals with a patient-centered ideology at its core. From this perspective, AbbVie seeks to innovate therapies and meet the health needs of people throughout the globe, not only performing research and delivering healthcare but supporting education, practicing ethical studies, and reducing its impact on the environment. The research focuses of AbbVie include hepatitis C, neuroscience, immunology, oncology, renal disease, and women’s health.



Coulter Foundation

The Wallace H. Coulter Foundation was established in 1998 by its benefactor, Wallace Coulter, founder and Chairman of Coulter Corporation.  The Foundation continues Wallace’s practice of providing risk capital for innovative initiatives through its grant programs.  The largest of these promotes academic translational research based in biomedical engineering.  By implementing industry best practices, this process accelerates the translation of promising technologies into practical advances that improve patient care.  The Foundation also collaborates with leading medical societies to bring the latest education and standards of care to resource-limited countries. Finally, working with Asian American organizations, the Foundation is building a consortium that establishes one cohesive community to promote collaboration and partnership.

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.