Coffee Time

Jacob Toney Chemical, Design Teams, Free Time, Involvement, Jacob, Major, Professional & Academic, Students, Study, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs Leave a Comment

Happy March everyone! Just a few more weeks until Spring – or, more importantly, Spring Break. Hope you’re all doing well and staying warm, and have had a great semester so far. It seems for most people, it’s the middle of midterm season right now. I somehow ended up having almost all of my exams be over the course of …

Long Weekends in College: My Social Life as an Engineering Student

Rachel Glait Aerospace and Mechanical, Best of LA, Design Teams, Food, Free Time, Rachel, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

As an engineering student in the midst of midterm season, you’d think I’m spending every night in the library. But over the three day weekend I had the opportunity to get out a lot (in between studying of course). I’m a member of the structural avionics team for USC’s Rocket Propulsion Lab. I started the weekend working with my team …

Choosing a Direction: Making Major Decisions for Your College Life

Rachel Glait Aerospace and Mechanical, Design Teams, Free Time, Internship, Professional & Academic, Rachel, Social & Diversity, Viterbi Orgs, Viterbi Plus Leave a Comment

Getting admitted to college can be both exciting and terrifying. Having to commit to a school, city, major, or activity can be super overwhelming. I remember feeling an extreme pressure to specify in February of my senior year, and even more so after coming to campus and trying to find my niche. With the wisdom I have obtained over the …

New Semester, New Opportunities

Miles Kay Aerospace and Mechanical, Design Teams, Free Time, Hikes, Involvement, Major, Miles, Service, Social & Diversity, Study, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs Leave a Comment

This semester definitely got off to a fast start! As I write this, I’m in the midst of preparations for two midterms and am writing my first Thematic Option paper of the semester. My classes this semester are all extremely interesting, I’m taking my first two Mechanical Engineering classes (statics and thermodynamics), along with differential equations, a course on French …

What’s to Come in 2019

Dominie Miyasato Biomedical, Design Teams, Dominie, Free Time, Uncategorized, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

Winter break was four weeks of binge-watching my favorite TV shows (Jane the Virgin and Greys Anatomy), suntanning on beautiful beaches, and catching up with family and friends. It was great time to recharge for the second semester! This spring, I am taking an electrical engineering course (EE 202) and a biomedical engineering course (BME 210). EE 202 is all …

Space or Nothing: USC RPL Static Fire

Audrey Roberts Aerospace and Mechanical, Astronautical, Audrey, Design Teams, Viterbi Orgs Leave a Comment

One of the highlights of my freshman year was being involved in the USC Rocket Propulsion Laboratory, which is USC’s entirely student-run undergraduate research laboratory determined to send a rocket to space. We are currently working on our third attempt at reaching space with a vehicle called Traveler III. The group has been designing and testing this rocket for many …

American Society of Civil Engineers takes Tempe, AZ!

Desiree James Civil and Environmental, Design Teams, Desiree, Professional & Academic, Uncategorized, Viterbi Orgs Leave a Comment

One of the student organizations I’m in is the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), one of the many professional engineering organizations on campus. Unlike most of the other professional engineering clubs though, ASCE consists of student led design teams within the org. The design teams include Concrete Canoe, Environmental, Geotech Wall and Steel Bridge (which is what I’m on!). …

Posture Perfect (BME Senior Design Project)

Daniel Donchev Daniel, Design Teams, Involvement, Students, Viterbi Class Leave a Comment

As the conclusion of this semester quickly approaches, a lot of my semester-long projects are nearing completion. The most important of them all is my senior design project (BME-405). We are challenged to ideate, develop, and build a device within the biomedical engineering sphere in teams of four to five students. Our group was passionate about creating a solution to …

Prototyping a Prosthetic in 48 Hours (ASBME Makeathon)

Daniel Donchev Campus Events, Daniel, Design Teams, Entrepreneurship, Free Time, Involvement, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs Leave a Comment

This past weekend I participated in ASBME’s Makeathon, an annual 48-hour hardware competition in which teams of four to five individuals collaborate to address a medical challenge. At 6 PM on Friday, the twelve participating teams were briefed on the prompt that would be consuming their time and efforts for the next two days. This year, teams were tasked with …

It’s Happening! AthenaHacks 2018

Yingyu Sun Computer Science, Design Teams, Entrepreneurship, Professional & Academic, Social & Diversity, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs, Women In Engineering, Yingyu

While it might be midterm season for some… it’s AthenaHacks season for me! (Just kidding, databases midterm on Monday!) Months and months of planning have led up to these 24 hours. This weekend, I’m running AthenaHacks, which is an all-female hackathon hosted here at USC! Last year, a couple of friends and I co-founded AthenaHacks, so it’s only our second …

Changing Things Up Second Semester Junior Year

Aarya Suryavanshi Aarya, Aerospace and Mechanical, Design Teams, Viterbi Life

What’s up! I hope you guys have had a kick butt first few weeks back to school. I know a lot of people don’t really do New Year’s Resolutions, but I sure buy into that societal norm. I’ve decided to change some things about the way I do college, which I will outline below. By “change” I really mean alter …

Construction Management Association of America

Camila Salomon Gnecco Camila, Civil and Environmental, Design Teams, Professional & Academic, Viterbi Plus

I joined the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) student chapter at USC this year! In CMAA, I am part of the Design-Build team where we train to complete Design-Build contracts. Every year we compete in SPARKS, a regional competition where we are given a problem statement the day of the competition. After 24 hours, we have to submit a …

Engineering the future: Where tech meets social good

Yingyu Sun Computer Science, Design Teams, Professional & Academic, Service, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs, Yingyu

Hey guys! As usual, happy Friday! Midterm season is over and it’s finally feeling like fall here and I couldn’t be more excited. If you’re wondering what engineering students are doing now that they don’t have exams to study for, I have some cool news for you! Being an engineering student isn’t all about the homework assignments and the exams …

Organize yourself to join Student Organizations

Ramiro Mendoza-Axle Aerospace and Mechanical, Computer Science, Design Teams, Involvement, Ramiro, Social & Diversity, Viterbi Life, Why USC

Getting involved with a school organization is definitely a great part of the college experience. With some organizations, you’ll be able to make new friends and go on different adventures, while other organizations will put classroom lessons into practice. Whichever you decide to join, not limited to either type, you will find many opportunities for growth and learning. For me, …

USC: The Home I Chose

Ramiro Mendoza-Axle Aerospace and Mechanical, Astronautical, Design Teams, Ramiro, Why USC Leave a Comment

At USC, you will enjoy a top-tier education program while feeling like you are at a resort. I remember the first time I stepped on campus. It was the middle of April, probably the perfect time of year to visit. At USC, however, you’ll get those perfect days 9 times out of 10.  The sun bounced perfectly off all the brick …

“It’s Not Like You’re Studying Rocket Science! OH WAIT!”

Michael Thorson Aerospace and Mechanical, Design Teams, Entrepreneurship, Hikes, Michael, Professional & Academic, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

This blog post, I want to start with a list of my extracurriculars last semester: Founded Mundo—a language translation messaging service/company—with LavaLab and taught myself Python development to make our first app prototype Acted as Secretary and Treasurer of AIAA, a professional Aerospace organization Regularly practiced with the USC climbing team Designed and built a custom set of speakers (See my …