MHI Scholars



From Left: Yu Cao, Pradipta Ghosh, Yihang Zhang, Guodong Xie, Erick Moen

Meet the 2016-2017 MHI Ph.D. Scholars

The MHI Ph.D. Scholars play an important role within the Ming Hsieh Department of EE. They are student ambassadors, leaders, and innovators. These scholars were selected based on research accomplishments, publications, finalist talks, and their desire to pursue an academic career upon graduation.

As MHI Scholars, they also receive a stipend for the 2016-2017 academic year, travel funds, and a collective amount of funds to develop a program of their choosing.

This Year’s Program: SHOT²

Seminars + Hackathons on Theory and Technology
Training and Instruction in Artificial Intelligence, Quantum Mechanics, and Mixed Reality

To help scholars in their career development, each of them receives:

  • a cash award
  • mentorship and recommendations from department faculty (eg. one-on-one faculty lunch meetings)
  • research presentation critiquing and filming – view scholar research videos
  • funding for travel to give talks at other institutions where they can develop collaborations, increase visibility and receive feedback on their work
  • funding to develop and organize a workshop/project to encourage student collaboration, initiate innovative ideas and demonstrate remarkable research

2016 – 17 MHI Ph.D. Scholars:


Yu Cao
Research Interest: Nanotechnology
Advisor: Chongwu Zhou
Office: RTH B118
caoyu@usc.edu
Yu Cao CV



Pradipta Ghosh
Research Interest: Wireless Networks
Advisor: Bhaskar Krishnamachari
Office: RTH 418
pradiptg@usc.edu
Pradipta Ghosh CV



Erick Moen
Research Interest: Nonlinear Optics
Office: VHE 510
Advisor: Andrea Armani
emoen@usc.edu
Erick Moen CV



Guodong Xie
Research Interest: Communications
Advisor: Alan Willner
Office: EEB 516
guodongx@usc.edu
Guodong Xie CV



Yihang Zhang
Research Interest: Control Systems
Advisor: Petros Iaonnou
Office: EEB 322
yihangzh@usc.edu
Yihang Zhang CV


MHI Ph.D. Scholar Information:
– News article:7/15/14 MHI Ph.D. Scholar Harsha Honnappa to Teach at Purdue University
– News article:12/3/13 Kartik Audhkhasi – was part of team that won INTERSPEECH 2013
– News article:10/20/13 Past MHI Scholar Moh Amer’s paper gets accepted to Nano Letters Journal
– News article:7/26/13 Lead-author Chuan Wang creates first user-interactive sensor network on flexible plastic
– News article:6/21/13 Scholars talk about benefits at an information luncheon
– News article:4/16/13 Past and Present Scholars
Past Scholars