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Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry


Michael Myrick Selected Fellow of SAS

Professor Michael L. Myrick has been named a Fellow of the Society for Applied Spectroscopy by its governing body for exceptional contributions to spectroscopy. He will be recognized at the SAS reception at the SciX2018 conference in Atlanta in October.

Professor Myrick came to USC in 1991, was promoted to Associate Professor in 1997 and Full Professor in 2001. He is an inventor in more than 30 issued US patents, many related to a method for making optical sensors called multivariate optical computing (MOC). He participated in a USC-licensed startup business, Ometric Corporation, that commercialized MOC and was sold to Halliburton Energy Services in 2011. Halliburton's trade name for the technology is Integrated Computational Elements (ICE), and it is now being used in 160 areas of the world for active petroleum exploration, including every continent but Antarctica.

Author of more than 160 scientific publications, Professor Myrick's current interests include applying MOC to phytoplankton classification in a collaboration with other faculty in Chemistry and Marine Science, and developing new imaging and chemical measurement tools. He is a recipient of the SC Honors College Outstanding Professor of Science Award, the Mortar Board Excellence in Teaching Award, and the Michael J. Mungo Undergraduate Teaching Award. He has also received an Army Young Investigator Award, Gerald S. Birth Award for Excellence in Near Infrared Spectroscopy, and been named a Fellow of the Society for Applied Spectroscopy.