Forum Advisors

Todd Logan, MBA

Advisor, USC Computing Forum
Executive Director, USC Viterbi Corporate and Foundation Relations

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Todd manages Corporate and Foundation Relations for USC’s Viterbi School of Engineering. He develops corporate and foundation relations strategy, and promotes eight departments and a wide-range of institutes, centers and programs. Todd secures funding for sponsored research, and corporate and foundation support in all forms. He is responsible for corporate development and major proposals to foundations and collaborates with faculty on strategic initiatives to expand research support in key areas.

His ongoing responsibilities include handling relations with partner companies, primary responsibility for relationships with senior executives and technical leaders at USC Viterbi’s major corporate partners, managing partner relationships with Viterbi’s Institutes such as, AIER and PWICE, and promotion of institutes, centers and programs. Todd is responsible for securing partnerships and support for Institutes like Viterbi’s Information Sciences Institute, and Institute for Creative Technologies, as well as securing support for many Viterbi Centers. Todd oversees the strategic and organizational planning, lead planning in corporate and foundation relations for the Viterbi School of Engineering, and outreach including representing the school on site visits in the U.S. and around the world. Todd support the Dean on domestic and international visits and manages the team of corporate and foundation relations professionals.

Todd has an MBA from Stanford and a bachelor’s degree in environmental engineering from Cal Poly State, San Luis Obispo.

Maurena Nacheff-Benedict, PhD

Advisor, USC Computing Forum
Senior Director, USC Viterbi Corporate Relations

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Maurena joined USC as senior director, corporate relations in the Viterbi School of Engineering in 2017. She is responsible for managing a portfolio of corporate partnerships in several industry segments. Working with faculty and center directors across Viterbi, she leads and executes the development strategy for new corporate-academic partnerships aligned with the School’s broad range of programs and initiatives.

Maurena worked in product research and development and engineering management at Honeywell Aerospace for more than 20 years, holding positions of increasing responsibility, including project leader for Advanced Life Support for Human Spaceflight, Space Station program manager, Fuel Cells program manager, site manager for Six Sigma, senior manager of Torrance Engineering Laboratories, and director of University Programs and Globalization in Advanced Technology, working across all Honeywell Aerospace domestic and international sites. She brings a wealth of academic and industry experience to her role in Viterbi Corporate Relations.

Maurena earned both a master's and doctorate in chemical engineering from Northwestern University and a bachelor of science in chemical engineering from the University of Notre Dame.