Engineering and Arts go together like PB&J

Shuntaro Nishi Computer Science, Entrepreneurship, Free Time, Music, Shuntaro, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus

The Defiant Ones. No this post is not about being an angsty teenager rebelling against their parents. This is about the television series about Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine. I think the first thing this blog will address is the lie they feed you about how the right and left side of the brain are separated and no person can …

“Hey! Would you like a free T-Shirt?”

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“All you have to do is record yourself pitching a 30 second idea to solve a problem you’ve encountered on campus, in your day to day life, or in the surrounding community.” This is the premise behind Spark SC’s annual 2-month long, campus-wide pitch competition dubbed, “1000 Pitches”. Participants are free to share absolutely any idea they have in a …

The USC Startup Career Fair

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One of the first organizations that I joined when I came to USC was Spark SC. I first heard about them through the Viterbi Voices Podcast in which founders Calvin and Adena discussed Spark’s mission and the various events their org was coordinating to spread a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship on campus. Immediately, I was drawn to the incredible …

Arriving as a Spring Admit

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When I received the news of my spring admission, I was overwhelmed with feelings of excitement and uncertainty. While I had just been admitted to one of the most prestigious universities in the country, I could not foresee how my late start would impact my academic and social life at USC as I would be missing out on a semester’s …

It’s hard being a woman in engineering, but Viterbi will always have your back.

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Sorry for the long title, but I had a pretty transformative experience last week I wanted to write about because it literally just confirmed why I love Viterbi, and why every woman should go here. So like I’ve blogged about A LOT before (since this has consumed my life), I’m starting a company! And we’re starting it with the Viterbi …

NAE Grand Challenges: Update!!

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Hey guys! My last  blog was before spring break; I was super hyped about heading to DC for the NAE Grand Challenges competition and presenting the business plan my team and I created. Now that break and the competition are both over, I wanted to update you guys as to how it went! Here’s how the three days I spent …

Min Family Challenge Update

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I wrote about the Min Family Social Entrepreneurship Competition earlier and I wanted to give you all an update on how we’re doing! Adam and I’s team, Lotus Cups, is officially in the final round! We’re so honored to be in this group with some pretty incredible teams with crazy awesome things they’re trying to accomplish. In the last month, …

NAE Grand Challenges + My Spring Break Plans!!

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Hey guys! With Spring Break just around the corner (has it already been half the semester already?!!), a bunch of friends and I have been discussing just what we’re up to over break. A lot of college students like to take that week and hang out with friends, whether that be through a road trip, a group vacation, or even …

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

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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 …

Engineering Ways to Help Los Angeles’ Homeless

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This blog is about the Min Family Social Entrepreneurship Challenge, but stick with me through the antidote. Yes! Engineering can help social issues too. When I went into engineering I thought I wanted it because I wanted to help people. I wanted to solved problems that meant something to me. I know what you’re thinking, aerospace engineering? Yeah, I slowly …

LavaLab – USC’s Student Run Incubator

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My favorite involvement at USC has by far been LavaLab. LavaLab is a entrepreneurial organization on campus that puts together teams made up of engineers, designers, and business students that create a product over the course of a semester. My first semester in LavaLab was Spring 2016, where I created a product called MentorMe, which was a way to link college students …

Spark SC – Student Innovation Hub

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  One of the organizations on campus that I’m involved in is Spark SC. It’s an entrepreneurship organization that aims to connect students in all different disciplines with a common interest in innovation. We do this by hosting events from an ideathon to a startup career fair, bringing together all kinds of students. Spark is really an organization unlike any …

Viterbi Takes the Real World: The Maseeh Entrepreneurship Prize Challenge

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Social entrepreneurs are generally defined as people who create with the intent of having a large impact in the greater community. Innovation with a purpose, engineering for a cause– social entrepreneurs craft small solutions for big problems. As a member of the Viterbi family, I’ve always been a problem solver; I was drawn to the idea of social entrepreneurship because …

Engineering and Entrepreneurship: LavaLab

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Entering my Junior year this semester, I felt nervous. I was nervous that by studying Aerospace Engineering, one of the most specific majors in Viterbi, I was locking myself into a very narrow career path: immediately launching into a big company after graduation to build rockets and satellites. Obviously revolutionizing the air and space industry at Boeing or NASA still …

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 …

Social Innovation Design Lab

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Social Innovation Design Lab One of my favorite classes this semester is BAEP 471: Social Innovation Design Lab. It is a class offered by the Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurship, and is one of the classes I am taking to complete my Minor in Social Entrepreneurship. How it Works This course has not been a typical lecture or lab experience. …

My Favorites 8,769 Miles Apart

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Hi everyone! This week I’ll be sharing with you all about some of my favorite USC traditions from home as well as some of my new favorite Singapore traditions here at NUS. They might be 8,769 miles apart, but it’s neat to see how people celebrate with the same school spirit in both places! USC Game Days At USC, there 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 …

City Fellows Consortium–Entrepreneurship in LA

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Hey everyone! Hope everything is going well—especially those filling out college applications! I’ve talked about all the fun research projects and other engineering activities that I’ve been doing on and off campus, but one that I haven’t mentioned yet is the City Fellows Consortium! This is something that I’m super passionate about and co-founding this consortium has been one of the …