Lecture Series

Pre-2012 lecture series archives coming soon!

About Lyman L. Handy

Lyman Handy joined USC in 1966 after working 15 years for Chevron Research. Lyman received his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of Washington. During his tenure with Chevron, he was credited with the development of classical experimental work in capillary pressure and relative permeability, and pioneering work in the field of flow in porous media. Upon leaving Chevron, he brought his expertise to USC, where he established a very active and well-funded experimental research program, which involved significant studies in miscible processes, capillary action, surface and interfacial phenomena, foam and thermal processes. Lyman significantly contributed to the growth of the Petroleum and Chemical Engineering Departments at USC. He served as Chairman of the Petroleum Engineering Department for 20 years, and for a number of years, he was also Chair of both departments. In this capacity, he was responsible for recruiting many of the current faculty in the Chemical and Petroleum Engineering programs.

Lyman also served with distinction in the Professional Society of Petroleum Engineers, in the capacity of at-large Director, as an editor of the SPE Journal, and as the Director of its Los Angeles-based section.

Throughout his career, he received many recognitions and awards, including the AIME’s Mineral Industry Education Award, and the SPE’s distinguished member, and distinguished faculty award. Handy was a source of inspiration to his students. Many of his former students are now serving with great distinction in various petroleum companies, research laboratories and academic institutions throughout the world.

Lyman L. Handy Colloquia

Seminars are held from 12:45pm-1:50pm unless noted. Please visit this page for changes or more information.


Vinayak Dravid
Northwestern University
Host: Prof. Ravichandran

September 29, 2016

Statics and Dynamics of Energy Materials: From Waste Heat Conversion to Electrochemical Storage

David Srolovitz
University of Pennsylvania
Host: Prof. Vashishta

November 10, 2016

Grand Unified Theory of Grain Boundaries

Costas D. Maranas
Penn State University
Host: Prof. Graham

December 1, 2016

Reconstructing, Analyzing and Redesign Metabolism

Rampi Ramprasad
University of Connecticut
Host: Prof. Kalia

February 9, 2017

Rational Computation-Guided Design of Polymer Dielectrics

Ronnie Borja
Stanford University

Host: Prof. Jha

March 9, 2017

A Constitutive Framework for Double-porosity Materials with Evolving Internal Structure


  • 10/01/2015: Self-Delivering Supramolecular Nanomedicine, by Honggang Cui
  • 10/15/2015: Getting Real About Energy in Cubic Miles of Oil by Ripudaman Malhotra
  • 12/03/2015: Significant Improvement to Imaging Hydraulic Heterogeneity in Heterogeneous Geologic Media via Hydraulic Tomography by Walter Illman
  • 01/14/2016: Solid-state thermal energy converters based on thermal spin-torque by Joseph Heremans
  • 04/14/2016: TBD by Steven Ringel


  • 09/27/2012: Organic Electronic Materials and Skin-Inspired Electronic Sensing Sheets, by Zhenan Bao, Stanford University
  • 10/25/2012: Shale gas, Carbon Storage and Earthquake Triggering, by Mark Zoback, Stanford University
  • 01/24/2013: Chemical Looping Technology and CO2 Capture, by L.S. Fan, Ohio State University
  • 03/21/2013: Using Electromagnetics to Image Shale Reserve Applications, by Kurt Strack, KMS Technology / University of Houston


  • 09/15/2011: Direct Observation of Dynamic Self-Assembly at the Single Molecule and Nanoscale Level, by Joonil Seog, University of Maryland
  • 10/27/2011: Multiscale Modeling and Simulation of  Composite Manufacturing Processe, by Suresh Advani, University of Delaware
  • 12/08/2011: Directed Assembly of Block Copolymers to Advance the Performance of Conventional Lithography, by Paul Nealey, University of Wisconsin – Madison
  • 02/09/2012: Engineering Interfaces for Energy Conversion and Nanoelectronics, by Stacey Bent, Stanford
  • 03/08/2012: Semiconductor Nanomembranes:  Sheet Science and Technology, by Max Lagally, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • 04/05/2012: Recent Advances in the Emerging Field of Electromicrobiology, by Florian Mansfeld, USC

For Lyman L. Handy Colloquia archives, click here.

Distinguished Lectures

Tim Rupert
UC Irvine

Host: Prof. Hodge

September 1, 2016

Promoting Beneficial Grain Boundary Phase Transitions with Segregation Engineering

Jay Guo
University of Michigan

Host: Prof. Yoon

September 15, 2016

Structural Colors, Metasurfaces, and Ultrasonics by Light Interaction With Nanostructures

Tae-Joon Jeon

Host: Prof. Malmstadt

October 13, 2016

Investigation of Ion Channel Activities in the Presence of Ionic Liquids Using Model Cell Membranes

Nathan Price
University of Washington

Host: Prof. Graham

January 12, 2017

Harnessing Big Data For Biological and Medical Discovery

Andre Taylor
Yale University

Host: Prof. Gupta

January 26, 2017

Challenging Nanostructured Materials for Advanced Energy Devices



09/26/2013: Atmospheric Impacts of Expanded Natural Gas Use, by David Allen
10/24/2013: Bio-enabled Materials through Biomimetics Molecular Design, by Candan Tamerler
11/21/2013: Nonlinear Programming Frameworks for Real-time Dynamic Optimization, by Larry Biegler
01/23/2014: Engineering Immunity via Hitchhiking Therapeutics, by Darrell Irvine
04/17/2014: Nanoengineering and Integration of Materials with Unique Functionalities: Research Findings and Visions, by Haiyan Wang (Graduate Seminar)
04/24/2014: Materials Genome as The Last mile Perspective and Thermodynamics of Computing, by Sadasivan Shankar


  • 10/11/2012: Nanoscale Surface Engineering by Atomic and Molecular Layer Deposition, by Gregory Parsons, North Carolina State University
  • 11/08/2012: Nanophotonics for Solar Energy Harvesting, by Mark Brongersma, Stanford University
  • 12/06/2012: Nanostructured Black Silicon for Photovoltaics and Photoelectrochemistry, by Howard Branz, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • 02/07/2013: An Assessment of Offshore and Unconventional Hydrocarbon Production in the U.S, by Tadeusz Patzek, University of Texas at Austin


  • 09/08/2011: Materials Challenges in Electrochemical Energy Storage Technologies, by Sri Narayan, USC
  • 10/13/2011: Correlated imaging of nanostructure form and function, by Lincoln Lauhon, Northwestern University
  • 01/26/2012: NanoSystems Engineering: Analysis, Design, and Control at the Nanoscale, by Richard Braatz, MIT
  • 02/23/2012: Recent advances in thermoelectric materials and devices, by Rama Venkatasubramanian, Research Triangle Institute
  • 03/22/2012: Vapor-Liquid-Solid Growth of Silicon Micro/Nanowire Arrays for Energy Applications, by Joan Redwing, Penn State University
  • 04/19/2012: Playing in Sand for Science, Engineering, and Fun, by Joe Goddard, University of California, San Diego






For Distinguished Lecture archives, click here.