Tackling Climate Change with the Help of “Coffee Filters for Molecules”

Luis Francisco Villalobos
Assistant Professor in the Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science Luis Francisco Villalobos.

“I love to do research with a reason. I’m passionate about the applications that we are targeting to make a difference and decrease the amount of energy we spend on separations. I’m really happy that I’ll be able to collaborate with experts in both areas to push forward the development of the next-generation membranes that can tackle these challenges.”

Velina Hasu Houston has been carving out her place since she was a girl

Velina Hasu Houston
Velina Hasu Houston is USC resident playwright and Distinguished Professor of Theatre in Dramatic Writing at the USC School of Dramatic Arts. (Photo/Monique Yamaguch)

“With regard to openness and fairness, we must be active and intentional about how we teach, create and indeed live our lives to make sure that students feel comfortable in the room and to ensure equal access to all.”

Erik Brink named USC senior vice president, finance, and chief financial officer

USC SVP Finance and Chief Financial Officer, Erik Brink
Erik Brink has served as USC interim senior vice president, finance, since January. (USC Photo/Gus Ruelas)

“We have some pretty ambitious goals, and I think we’re doing great things for society. I feel like there’s currently such a spirit of optimism on our campuses, and I look forward to doing everything I can to make sure that my team and I support new developments…”

Entrepreneur Turns to USC EMHA Program to Help Found Health Care Startup

USC alum, Ryan Nazar, sitting in a chair
Alumnus Ryan Nazar says the EMHA program and his USC connections continue to influence how he approaches his work at startup Practical Healthcare — as well as the industry at large. (Photo / Courtesy of Ryan Nazar)

“Listen to yourself first and foremost. Realize that you can write your own story while at USC and take advantage of that. Whatever you choose to do, make sure that it’s something that aligns with you and that you’re following your success and your vision.”