No More Burnout: Mohamad Awada Wants to Optimize your Workspace

Mohamad Awada

Imagine you’re sitting at your desk at work, languishing just a little, when the office lights begin to brighten and you enter a state of focus and flow. Or maybe you just experienced a stressful meeting – your workspace senses your increased heart rate and responds by playing calming, mood-boosting music.

The research focus of Mohamad Awada, Ph.D. ’24, involves developing “smarter” office environments that dynamically adapt to reduce stressors and enhance worker well-being. Based within the USC Sonny Astani Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Awada is integrating the skills developed during his two master’s degrees in construction management and computer science.

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