Lecture Series

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About Lyman L. Handy

Lyman 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. The location is Zumberg Hall room ZHS-159. Please visit this page for changes or more information.


Yuntian Zhu
North Carolina State University
Host: Prof. Kassner

September 21, 2017

Heterogeneous Structures: A New Paradigm for Designing Super Strong and Tough Materials

Efthimios Kaxiras
Harvard University 
Host: Prof. Branicio

January 11, 2018

Machine Learning for the Materials World

Roland Horne

Roland Horne
Stanford University
Host: Prof. Jha

February 1, 2018

Big Data and Machine Learning in Reservoir Analysis

Rachel Goldman

Rachel Goldman
University of Michigan
Host: Prof. Yoon

April 26, 2018

To be Announced



  • 09/29/2016: Statics and Dynamics of Energy Materials: From Waste Heat Conversion to Electrochemical Storage, by Vinayak Dravid, Northwestern University
  • 11/10/2016: Grand Unified Theory of Grain Boundaries, by David Srolovitz, University of Pennsylvania
  • 12/1/2016: Reconstructing, analyzing, and redesigning metabolism, by Costas D. Maranas, Penn State University
  • 02/09/2017: Rational Computation-Guided Design of Polymer Dielectrics, by Rampi Ramprasad, University of Connecticut
  • 02/23/2017: Selected Topics Related to Energy and Chemicals, by Arvind Varma, Perdue University
  • 03/09/2017: A Constitutive Framework of Double-porosity Materials with Evolving Internal Structure, by Ronnie Borja, Stanford University
  • 04/06/2017: Additive Manufacturing of Polymer-Derived Ceramics, by Tobias A. Schaedler, HRL Laboratories
  • 10/01/2015: Self-Delivering Supramolecular Nanomedicine, by Honggang Cui, Johns Hopkins University
  • 10/15/2015: Getting Real About Energy in Cubic Miles of Oil, by Ripudaman Malhotra, SRI International
  • 12/03/2015: Significant Improvement to Imaging Hydraulic Heterogeneity in Heterogeneous Geological Media via Hydraulic Tomography, by Walter Illman, University of Waterloo
  • 01/14/2016: Solid-state Thermal Energy Converters Based on Thermal Spin-torque, by Joseph Heremans, Ohio State University
  • 04/14/2016: Steven Ringel, University of Colorado





  • 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

Seminars are held from 12:45pm-1:50pm unless noted. The location is Zumberg Hall room ZHS-159. Please visit this page for changes or more information.


Philippe Sautet
UC Los Angeles

Host: Prof. Sharada

August 24, 2017

To Be Announced

Qiang Huang
University of Southern California

Host: Prof. Qin

September 7, 2017

Data Analytics for Scalable Nanomanufacturing

Padmini Rangamani
UC San Diego

Host: Prof. Malmstadt

October 5, 2017

Decoding Information in Cell Shape - The Role of Membrane Curvature

Yuji Zhao
Arizona State University

Host: Prof. Armani

October 12, 2017

GaN for Everything

Leon Thomsen

Delta Geophysics
Host: Prof. Aminzadeh

October 19, 2017

4D Subsurface Numerical Modeling Comes of Age

Allon Hochbaun
UC Irvine

Host: Prof. Ravichandran

November 2, 2017

Wiring Up Biology: Electronic Conductivity in Protein Fibers

Victor M. Zavala
University of Wisconsin, Madison

Host: Prof. Qin

November 16, 2017

Optimization of Energy Systems: Leveraging Models, Data, and Computing

Heather Kulik
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Host: Prof. Gupta

January 25, 2018

New Strategies for Inorganic Molecular and Materials Design

Forest White
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Host: Prof. Graham

March 1, 2018

Functional Proteomics for Mechanism and Translational Insight into Therapeutic Resistance

Stephen Wilson
UC Santa Barbara

Host: Prof. Ravichandran

March 29, 2018

Structural and Electronic Complexity in a Model Cathode Material

Derek Elsworth
Penn State University
Host: Prof. Jha

April 12, 2018

Seismicity-Permeability Coupling in Reservoirs and Caprocks



  • 09/01/2016: Promoting Beneficial Grain Boundary Phase Transitions with Segregation Engineering, by Tim Rupert, UC Irvine
  • 09/15/2016: Structural Colors, Metasurfaces, and Ultrasonics by Light Interaction with Nanostructures, by Jay Guo, University of Michigan
  • 10/13/2016: Investigation of Ion Channel Activities in the Presence of Ionic Liquids Using Model Cell Membranes, by Tae-Joon Jeon, Inha University
  • 01/12/2017: Harnessing Big Data for Biological and Medical Discovery, by Nathan Price, University of Washington
  • 01/26/2017: Challenging Nanostructured Materials for Advanced Energy Devices, by Andre Taylor, Yale University



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.

Published on April 18th, 2017

Last updated on February 2nd, 2021