Zaki Hasnain

Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering
Doctoral Candidate

About

Zaki is advised by Dr. Paul K. Newton in the Department of Aerospace & Mechanical engineering (AME). He is also pursuing a master’s degree in the Department of Computer Science. Aside from doing research work in AME and collaborating with the Kuhn Labratory, he can be found either in the Lyon Center, Cromwell Track, or practicing with the USC Taekwondo Club.

Bar graphs and boxing predictions

Posted: April 27, 2017, 8:15pm   Anthony Joshua (United Kingdom) and Wladimir Klitschko (Ukraine) will face off this weekend in a heavyweight boxing championship. Anthony is only 27 years old and is facing a very seasoned and much older Klitschko who is 41 years of age. Fans, athletes, and sports writers around the world are making, changing and then remaking … Read More

Super Bloom Hike

Posted: April 18, 2017, 5:54pm If you came to USC from any other part of the country, then chances are you’ve had friends and family make jokes about California running out of water! It’s a joke particularly popular with people who live in frigid climates as there is hardly much else to poke fun at. Fortunately, the drought has officially … Read More

We won!

Posted: April 18, 2017, 5:35pm Last month a few of my friends and I competed at the Global Health Case Competition (GHCC) at USC, and although my team lost the competition, the winning group asked me to join their team to compete in the international GHCC in Emory University. The competition prompt was to address the overwhelming presence of mental … Read More

Keep your skills sharp

Posted: February 17, 2017, 2:27pm What if instead of going to your own classes or doing your own research you picked one day to do something completely different? The idea is probably either very exciting or very scary! But I got the opportunity to work in a totally new environment outside of Viterbi for a one-week contest. Photo: The team … Read More

From USC HPC to YouTube

Posted: December 14, 2016, 12:38pm My group recently finished the final project for CSCI 653:High Performance Computing and Simulations.  The class was structured around lectures which introduced more advanced topics in high performance computing and student led discussions of research papers.  One of the questions I hear from undergraduate students most often is about the difficulty of graduate courses.  Although … Read More

LACMA on a rainy day

Posted: November 28, 2016, 2:13pm I try to bring most out-of-town visitors to LACMA, even the ones who don’t usually appreciate art as much as myself, because I think the museums capture a lot of LA’s culture.  I was lucky to go to LACMA on a rainy day especially because the Levitated Mass exhibit looked amazing with a cloudy sky … Read More

Ground Zero to Fertitta Hall

Posted: November 22, 2016, 4:47pm Typically, I use the afternoon slump as an excuse to soothe my sweet tooth by getting ice cream at Ground Zero before embarking on the ‘PhD walk’ back to the lab.  For those who are not familiar with the ‘PhD walk’ it is when a student wanders campus with a blank stare, trying very little … Read More

Thank you gamers

Posted: November 20, 2016, 7:30pm It did not take scientists very long to start using graphics cards to perform demanding scientific and engineering numerical simulations or even to connect multiple gaming consoles to build scientific computing clusters.  But for many years, technological developments fueled by the insatiable gaming community have had a strong impact in the scientific world.  Virtual reality … Read More

Lazy Saturday in Downtown

Posted: November 20, 2016, 6:55pm Having downtown LA in our backyard here at SC is awesome for a lot of different reasons.  I recommend people to check out the different districts especially when they come alive over the weekends.  The expo line metro is probably the best way to get into downtown, which can be challenging if you want to … Read More

Hacksaw Ridge screening at NCT

Posted: November 18, 2016, 3:00pm As an engineer, I spend most of my time on the southwest side of campus, but a few days ago I got the chance to tag along with a friend to see a screening of “Hacksaw Ridge” at the 365-seat Frank Sinatra Hall in the Eileen Norris Cinema Theatre (not located in the southwest side … Read More

Mass, volume, and Pomegranates

Posted: November 5, 2016 I don’t know if it is harder to spell pomegranates, or to embark on the arduous journey of peeling these giant fruits without staining everything in sight.  Despite its unforgiving nature, this noble fruit, a true jewel of autumn, has found its way from the Greater Middle East region, through the Silk Road and sea routes … Read More

340 million Batman Costumes

Posted: November 4, 2016 The National Retail Federation has a treasure trove of Halloween trends, for instance, last year Halloween spending topped off at a staggering $6.9 Billion (source: nrf.com/resources/consumer-data).   A number so large should make any sane researcher think of one question: how many Batman costumes is that?  The number is 276 million adult or kid sized $25 Batman … Read More

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