Sponsors of the 15th Annual grodins Research Symposium (2011)


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.

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.


Mathworks is a worldwide leader in the development of technical computing software for engineers and scientists, including their widely-circulated MATLAB and Simulink products. Their products are a fundamental component of research and development in both academia and industry, and Mathworks-based platforms span fields including bioinformatics, image processing, biochemical modeling, and biostatistics.

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

Replenish, Inc.

Replenish Inc. develops ophthalmic micropumps for drug delivery in individuals with glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration. Their products are based on technology developed at the California Institute of Technology and the USC Keck School of Medicine and Viterbi School of Engineering. http://www.replenishinc.com/

Stevens Center 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.

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.