“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 0 Comments

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 …

Major, Majors, or Minor? Why I chose just one degree

Michael Thorson Aerospace and Mechanical, Design Teams, Michael, Viterbi Plus 0 Comments

If you are anything like I was coming into college, it is hard enough deciding on just one degree of study. Meanwhile, your friends may already be deciding on two majors or some combination of minors. Don’t worry, double majors and minors can be declared all the way through sophomore year, but as I leave sophomore year, I want to …

It’s The End of College As We Know It…

Kelly Campus Events, Design Teams, Kelly, Life After Graduation, Professional & Academic, Viterbi Life 0 Comments

The time has finally come, it is only 8 more days until graduation! That is so scary to think about. Time really does fly when you are having fun, and the last 4 years here at USC have gone by so fast. It truly feels like I just started college yesterday. With graduation just around the corner, I can’t help but …

Who’s Ready For The ASBME Make-A-Thon?!

archana-2016 Archana, Design Teams 0 Comments

This past weekend, the Associated Students of Biomedical Engineering provided Biomedical Engineering students the opportunity to apply their knowledge to a real life challenge by hosting a Make-a-thon. Twenty teams of 4-5 upper and underclassmen students were presented with a NASA-inspired case in the biomedical field and given 30 hours to complete the task with certain functional and material constraints. …

SC Racing: Coolest Student Organization Around!

Michelle Design Teams, Electrical, Michelle, Viterbi Orgs 0 Comments

Hi everyone! The semester is finally in full swing, with midterm season looming in the (not-so-far) distance! On the bright side, with the semester in full force, this means that all the student organizations are also hard at work! One of my favorite student organizations at USC is definitely SC Racing! Last year as a freshman, I began hearing about …

Space or Nothing: The USC Rocket Propulsion Lab

Alex-2016 Alex, Design Teams 0 Comments

Space or nothing: this is the slogan of the USC Rocket Propulsion Lab. I joined the Rocket Lab in the fall of 2013, the beginning of my sophomore year. Over the past two years, I have learned everything rocket-related, from research to design to hands-on builds. At first, my contributions to the lab fell into this third category: hands-on builds. …

You Made What?! 3D Printing

Ian-2016 Aerospace and Mechanical, Design Teams, Ian, Viterbi Orgs, Viterbi Plus 2 Comments

One of the greatest things about USC, in my humble opinion, is the ability for students to see a need and fill it. Last year my friends and I decided that there was a shortage of 3D printing opportunities for students across all majors on USC’s campus. Several schools here- including the Architecture School, Viterbi, and Roski- have access to …

If you can think it, you can print it. Exploring 3D4E, the on campus 3D printing club.

Jordan-2016 Design Teams, Jordan, Viterbi Orgs 0 Comments

Hi guys,   So if you’ve been reading my blogs this year, you have definitely heard me talking a little about the 3D printing club on campus. 3D4E stands for 3D 4 Everyone, and means exactly that– we aim to provide information and experience for anyone interested in 3D printing and design. We are currently based out of the Blackstone …

Favorite Engineering Involvement: American Society of Civil Engineers

Kelly Civil and Environmental, Design Teams, Kelly, Professional & Academic, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs 0 Comments

One of my best decisions about sophomore year was joining the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). ASCE exists as a worldwide organization for members of the civil engineering profession, and here at USC we have our own student branch which focuses on developing engineering skills outside of the classroom through friendly competitions, speaker events, and networking. Within USC ASCE …

My Favorite Organization: USC Racing

Ian-2016 Design Teams, Ian, Viterbi Orgs 0 Comments

I love USC’s is the many extracurricular opportunities that are offered on campus. In engineering, ‘hands on’ experience is the most valuable that you can obtain. When I think about experience I think about design teams, and when I think design teams I think USC Racing. USC Racing builds a new Formula style car from scratch every school year, in preparation …

USC Rocket Lab: Our Journey to Space

Alex-2016 Design Teams, Viterbi Orgs

On September 21st, 2013, at approximately 6:07 PDT, USC Rocket Propulsion Lab was supposed to become the first ever undergraduate group to reach space. Traveler, our famed rocket, sat armed on the launch pad, pointed to the overcast, northern-Nevada sky at an 85 degree angle. As the rocket’s engines ignited, I looked happily to the sky from a few miles …