Speakers from Google, NBC to Keynote USC Viterbi School of Engineering Commencement Ceremonies Today, Friday, May 10, 2019

Commencement speeches to be streamed throughout the day

Newswise — The following is a list of scheduled commencement ceremonies and the keynote speakers at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering on Friday, May 10, 2019.

10:45 am Pacific Time: Undergraduate Viterbi School of Engineering Ceremony

Keynote: Yoky Matsuoka, Vice President, Product Management for Google

Streaming at: https://takeonedigital.com/viterbi/undergrad.html

Yoky Matsuoka, currently Vice President, Product Management for Google, earned a Bachelor of Science degree from UC Berkeley (EECS, 1993), a Masters (1995), and PhD (1998) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science with a specialty in the emerging fields of Artificial Intelligence and Computational Neuroscience. She was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University’s Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences from 1998 to 2000. Subsequently, she became a professor at Carnegie Mellon University (2001 – 2010) before joining the University of Washington (2006 – 2011), where she developed robotic devices for rehabilitating and assisting the human body and brain. In late 2009, Matsuoka joined Google[x] as one of the three founding members and, later, served as vice president of technology at Nest. In 2015 she became CEO at Quanttus, before joining Apple Health in 2016, where she worked on healthcare product development.

Matsuoka returned to the Google family in 2017, when she joined as Chief Technology Officer for Nest until 2018.

Matsuoka has more than 300 issued or pending patents globally. She has numerous awards, including UC Berkeley’s Distinguished Alumni Award from the College of Engineering. Her work was recognized with the MacArthur Award and she was named one of the “Brilliant Ten” by Popular Science magazine.

Outside of work, Matsuoka enjoys spending time with her four children and continues to support her foundation, YokyWorks, which develops engineering solutions to enhance life experience for those with differences in physical and learning abilities.

3:00 pm Pacific Time: Graduate Commencement Ceremony

Keynote: Ali Velshi, MSNBC Anchor and Business Correspondent for NBC News

Streaming at: https://takeonedigital.com/viterbi/MA1.html

Ali Velshi is an MSNBC Anchor and Business Correspondent for NBC News. Velshi has covered a wide range of breaking news events and global affairs throughout his career, including U.S. presidential elections, ISIL and the Syrian refugee crisis, the Iran nuclear deal from Tehran, the tensions between Russia and NATO from Eastern Europe and the High Arctic, the debt crisis in Greece, the funeral of Nelson Mandela, and the global financial crisis.

Before joining NBC News and MSNBC, Velshi hosted “Ali Velshi On Target,” a nightly primetime show on Al Jazeera America. Before that, he served as CNN’s Chief Business Correspondent, anchor of CNN International’s “World Business Today” and host of CNN’s weekly business roundtable “Your Money.” Velshi also co-hosted CNN’s morning show, “American Morning.”

An award-winning journalist, Velshi was honored with a National Headliner Award for Business & Consumer Reporting for “How the Wheels Came Off,” a special on the near-collapse of the American auto industry. His work on disabled workers and Chicago’s red-light camera scandal in 2016 earned him two News and Documentary Emmy Award nominations, adding to a nomination in 2010 for his terrorism coverage. Additionally, Velshi has taken his economic analysis to “Oprah,” “The View,” and “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.”

Velshi is the author of Gimme My Money Back (Sterling and Ross, 2008) and co-author with CNN’s Christine Romans of How to Speak Money (Wiley, 2010).

Born in Kenya and raised in Canada, Velshi graduated from Queen’s University in Canada, which bestowed an honorary Doctorate of Laws upon him in 2016. Velshi splits his time between New York City and Philadelphia. Active in the community, Velshi serves on the Board of Trustees of the Chicago History Museum, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He also volunteers with New York’s Center for Urban Community Services homeless outreach program.

7 pm Pacific Time: Graduate Ceremony 2 (Computer Science)

Keynote: Luiz André Barroso, Google Fellow and VP of Engineering, Core Systems, Google

Streaming at: https://takeonedigital.com/viterbi/MA2.html

Luiz André Barroso, VP of Engineering and Google Fellow, leads Google’s Core Systems organization. His team is responsible for building the technical foundation behind Google’s flagship products. Over his more than 17 years at Google he’s held important leadership positions, including most recently leading Geo engineering where his team was responsible for collecting and curating maps, local knowledge and imagery data that powers many Google products. Prior to Geo, he was the technical lead for Google’s computing infrastructure. 

Barroso has published several technical papers and has co-authored The Datacenter as a Computer, the first textbook to describe the architecture of warehouse-scale computing systems, now in its 3rd edition. Before Google, he was a member of the research staff at Digital Equipment Corporation, where his group did some of the pioneering research on modern multi-core processor architectures. Barroso is a Fellow of the ACM and the AAAS, and holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Pontifícia Universidade Católica of Rio de Janeiro and a Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from the University of Southern California.

About the USC Viterbi School of Engineering

Engineering began at the University of Southern California in 1905. Nearly a century later, in 2004, the school was named the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, honoring alumnus Andrew J. Viterbi, inventor of the Viterbi algorithm, a key to cell phone technology and numerous data applications. The school is consistently ranked among the top engineering programs in the world. It enrolls more than 7,000 undergraduate and graduate students, taught by 188 tenured and tenure-track faculty, with more than 90 endowed chairs and professorships. The school offers comprehensive programs in all major areas of engineering, from aerospace and astronautical engineering, to biomedical, chemical, civil and environmental engineering, to computer science and materials science, and to electrical engineering, industrial and systems engineering and mechanical engineering. With annual research expenditures exceeding $207M, the school is home to the Information Science Institute and more than 45 other research centers. Its more than 50,000 alumni span the globe. USC Viterbi is also home to the pioneering distance learning program DEN@Viterbi, ranked as the top such program in the nation the last two years. USC Viterbi is the only engineering school in the nation with three top-10 USNWR rankings: Best Graduate Schools, Best Online Graduate Engineering Programs, and Best Online Information Technology Programs. 


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