A Study Break Across the Pond

Celeste Goodwin Celeste, Entrepreneurship, Women In Engineering Leave a Comment

I started this semester strong… by skipping class for two weeks! I’m not just on vacation though! I am in London for the Global Grand Challenges Summit hosted by the Royal Academy of Engineering. I have the amazing opportunity to attend the summit because of some work I have been doing with my entrepreneurship team, Marlink. Marlink is composed of …

USC NSBE Takes On Detroit! – NSBE 45th Annual Conference

Mark Parent Civil and Environmental, Entrepreneurship, Free Time, Involvement, Major, Mark, Professional & Academic, Social & Diversity, Students, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs, Why USC Leave a Comment

USC NSBE chapter at the national conference USC NSBE chapter at the national conference As a freshman, I am so grateful that I joined NSBE because it gives me the support system I need to excel in my academics. For those wondering, NSBE stands for the National Society of Black Engineers whose mission is to “to increase the number of …

Fall break: Washington DC for 48 hours

Rhea Choudhury Entrepreneurship, Free Time, Involvement, Professional & Academic, Rhea, Students, Study, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus Leave a Comment

Hey guys! IT’S NOVEMBER! How wild is that, it honestly feels like yesterday the semester was just starting. Finally midterms are winding down, but projects, final assignments and presentations are starting to creep up; the end is near :O . USC is actually changing this next fall, but currently, we are one of the few universities that doesn’t have a …

What’s it like working at a startup?

Yingyu Sun Computer Science, Entrepreneurship, Internship, Professional & Academic, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Summer, Yingyu

Happy day before spring break! Before I head out to Lake Tahoe for the weekend, I wanted to share some thoughts about an incredibly hot topic. Startups have been all the rage recently, as we can definitely see in that all-too-relevant meme: “Hey I have a startup idea, can you handle the development? I’ll handle the business side.” Especially being …

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 …

Settling Into a New Semester

Daniel Donchev Best of LA, Biomedical, Daniel, Entrepreneurship, Food, Free Time, Involvement, Major, Professional & Academic, Service, Study, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs Leave a Comment

It’s 2018. I’m now a second semester junior and it’s showing in my course work. Four of the classes I’m taking are upper division including my senior design project class, BME-405, in which we are expected to collaborate in teams to design and implement a device for monitoring or therapy that could develop into a commercial product. We’re going to …

Semester Recap (Fall 2017)

Daniel Donchev Daniel, Entrepreneurship, Free Time, Internship, Involvement, podcast, Professional & Academic, Service, Social & Diversity, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs, Viterbi Plus, Work Leave a Comment

I’m in utter disbelief! After having such an action-packed summer, I expected this semester to drag on, but it actually flew by at an alarmingly fast rate. I think this is largely because of all of the really great opportunities I’ve been fortunate to have outside of class. Here are some of them: 1. 1000 Pitches -Today we hit 1000 …

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?”

Daniel Donchev Daniel, Entrepreneurship, Involvement, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs 1 Comment

“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

Daniel Donchev Daniel, Entrepreneurship, Involvement, Students, Viterbi Orgs Leave a Comment

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.

betty-2017 Betty, Campus Events, Entrepreneurship, Uncategorized, Viterbi Plus, Why USC Leave a Comment

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!!

Rhea Choudhury Biomedical, Entrepreneurship, Free Time, Involvement, Major, Professional & Academic, Rhea, Viterbi Orgs, Viterbi Plus, Work Leave a Comment

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!!

Rhea Choudhury Biomedical, Entrepreneurship, Free Time, Involvement, Professional & Academic, Rhea, Study, Viterbi Plus, Work Leave a Comment

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!”

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 …

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

ally-2017 Ally, Entrepreneurship, Viterbi Orgs 2 Comments

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

Suveena Thanawala Computer Science, Entrepreneurship, Suveena, Viterbi Orgs Leave a Comment

  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 …