Midterm: Product Presentations

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This post is about 2 Products that I recently presented for a midterm in the class Social Innovation Design Lab, which I wrote about here. The Midterm Social Innovation Design Lab is a class focused on building products for socioeconomically disadvantaged communities, and that teaches the fundamentals of Design Thinking as a framework for approaching this problem. Our class is …

A Semester of Products & Social Entrepreneurship

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For me this semester is focused on building real products and learning about social entrepreneurship, both inside and outside of the classroom. In terms of what is going on with classes, my full course list is: CSCI 360: Introduction to Artificial Intelligence CSCI 401: Capstone Project BAEP 470: The Entrepreneurial Mindset – Taking the Leap BAEP 471: Social Innovation Design …

Round 3

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It is pretty crazy that I am in my Junior year already, but regardless I am very excited about this semester. My classes, student organization involvement, and weekend plans for the fall couldn’t be more perfect, and the first two weeks have already been filled with exciting topics and events. I have spent a lot of time optimizing my schedule …

Summer Series: OS

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I decided to take Operating Systems this summer, as I knew I was going to be in Los Angeles and figured it couldn’t hurt to knock out one of the “heavy hitter” classes in the curriculum while I was here. Between Ponder (see Part 1), my other projects (Parts 3 and 4), and this class, I’ve definitely had my hands …

Summer Series: Ponder

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Hello readers! This has been a pretty crazy summer for me, and also one of the most productive periods of my life. I’ve been working for startup company in Santa Monica (launching soon!), taking an Operating Systems class, and working on projects for some of the different student organizations I am a part of (Spark SC and HackSC). I decided …

Planning for Summer 2015

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One fun part about being an engineering student, especially within the discipline of computer science, is searching for cool projects to work on over summer. There are so many companies looking for engineering talent, and such a wide variety of interdisciplinary endeavors that computer science students have the opportunity to contribute to. I am currently looking into a couple of …

Looking Back at Freshman Year: New/North Housing

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My current housing situation is very different than my living situation when I first started at USC. I am currently living in a two-story, 6 bedroom house that is accommodating nine people, but not long ago I was staying in a dorm hall and enjoying the “traditional-style” freshman housing at New/North. My favorite thing about New/North was being so close to …

Highlights of Fall 2014

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This semester I developed more skills outside of the classroom than I did in my freshman year, and noticed a lot of growth in terms of how much I can handle at once. My days were jam packed with student organization activities and events, and my classes took a step up in difficulty. The new challenges are what has made …

Spark SC

SparkSC + Project #CodeTruck

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One of the student organizations I participate in, Spark SC, recently finished working with The Michelson 20 Million Minds Foundation and General Assembly on Project #CodeTruck. This initiative exposed inner-city students to the world of tech and entrepreneurship in the hopes of sparking students’ interest in these fields. The world of tech is a pool of affluence that many communities don’t have access too, …

Study Spot: SAL 101

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Everyone has a different way to “get in the groove” when it comes to studying and doing homework. For me, it really depends on what kind of work I’m doing. If I’m writing an 8 page paper, then I need to be in a quiet, public place where I can do research and restructure my thoughts without distraction. Oh, and …

Looking Forward

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Freshman year I learned that the best way to be prepare myself for internships was just to think ahead and to take advantage of the opportunities that came my way. There are tons of companies looking for young engineering talent (even at the freshman level), and the right approach made finding a company that worked for me very doable. My …

CSCI 170: A Theoretical Grab-Bag

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One of the cool things about studying engineering is coming away with practical skills that can be applied quickly, but I’ve also always had a soft spot for rigorous proofs where the application is less clear. CSCI 170 (Discrete Mathematics), is a refreshing dose of theory and an abstract mathematical exploration that complements the more implementation-focused classes I am taking. …

Interning at Flextronics

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I went back to my home town of San Jose in the Bay Area this summer. I had the opportunity to work an internship in the Silicon Valley at Flextronics, where I worked with RFID technology. You can think of RFID as the barcode scanner of the future; no line-of-sight is necessary and the technology allows us to “scan” many …

Started From the Bottom

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Despite being introduced to Special Relativity this semester and taking Differential Equations last fall, I would say one of the most confusing things I’ve had to tackle at USC is how quickly the time flies by. I’ve made so many friends and gotten to explore topics like improv and entrepreneurship that I wouldn’t even have known interested me just a …