Aero, Astro, and Mech: Decoding the Differences and Explaining the Similarities

Naish Aerospace and Mechanical, Naish, Viterbi Class 0 Comments

Most schools have one. Some might have two. But it’s almost impossible to find a school that has all three disciplines that encapsulate things that move: Astronautical, Aerospace, and Mechanical Engineering. While the greater latitude in choice may afford more autonomy in your options, this scope of choice may also complicate things – a good bit. My goal will be (from …

AME 204: SOMe really cool applications

Aarya Suryavanshi Aarya, Aerospace and Mechanical, Viterbi Class 0 Comments

Hello friends! To start things off, my song recommendation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1LsabQV0Yjk This semester, I am taking AME 204, which is Strength of Materials (SOM, hence my terrible pun). So far we’ve learned about different kinds of stresses and deformations a material can take. If this doesn’t sound interesting, I assure you I wouldn’t be blogging about it if it wasn’t. This …

“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 …

Hidden Figures

Shana Douglass Aerospace and Mechanical, Campus Events, Shana, Social & Diversity, Viterbi Plus 0 Comments

It’s no secret that minorities are underrepresented in STEM fields, and as a black female it’s not often that I look around a classroom and see anyone else who looks like me. I was shocked and left in awe this past semester when I stumbled across this movie trailer on Facebook. If you didn’t catch the trailer, Hidden Figures tells …

An Audiophile Aerospace Engineer?!

Michael Thorson Aerospace and Mechanical, Free Time, Michael, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus 0 Comments

Last year I was at the Coachella music festival with a few of my best friends and I started to think pondering the massive speaker stacks each stage had. The kid in me knew I should have been just dancing to the music, but the engineer in me couldn’t help wondering how these machines could produce sounds so loud and …

Gotta Blast! AME 309 Water Bottle Rocket Design Project

Shana Douglass Aerospace and Mechanical, Major, Shana, Uncategorized, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Orgs, Women In Engineering 0 Comments

Group projects are often dreadful. It can be hard to coordinate with everyone’s busy schedule, procure materials, and evenly divide the workload. Fortunately, my recent class project in AME 309: Dynamics of Fluids did not come with the typical group project headaches. Our assignment was to create a water bottle rocket. Yeah like the one kids make, except this time …

PHYS 160s: An Honorable Series

Aarya Suryavanshi Aarya, Aerospace and Mechanical, Viterbi Class 0 Comments

Hello! A nice little diddly for you: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQC3dBWS_FE A lot of people have asked me if taking the honors track (PHYS 160s compared to PHYS 150s) for physics is really worth it. I would definitely say that it depends on what you’re looking for! Let me preface this by saying that, as a mechanical engineer, I really love mechanics. I know, …

It’s not just about Ramen…

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We get it. College is busy. Between doing homework, possibly having a job, studying for tests and all of the cooking and cleaning that goes along with keeping yourself together everyday, some things fall by the wayside. All too commonly, the “college ramen diet” is not the facade that students use to mask what they’re actually eating, it is what …

Day In the Life of a Microsoft Intern

Shana Douglass Aerospace and Mechanical, Internship, Shana, Viterbi Summer 0 Comments

If I could capture the essence of this summer, it would be something like this: That ladies and gentlemen, is Microsoft’s ex CEO Steve Ballmer (the new CEO Satya Nadella is just as cool BTW). And that energy and enthusiasm, has left a lasting impression at Microsoft. Needless to say, interning for Microsoft is HYPE. I can’t even begin to …

AME 310: Putting the “Engine” in Engineer

Andrew Radbel Aerospace and Mechanical, Andrew, Viterbi Class 0 Comments

Howdy everyone,   Seeing as I’m pretty much at the halfway point of my college years, I’ve been thinking back over my classes and what I’ve learned. Today, though, I’m going to highlight one class in particular. Last semester I took AME 310, Engineering Thermodynamics I, taught by Professor Egolfopoulos – and man, it was great.     From a …

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 …

A Mile High Summer: Summer After Freshman Year

Shana Douglass Aerospace and Mechanical, Internship, Shana, Viterbi Summer, Women In Engineering 0 Comments

The summer after my freshman year I was lucky enough intern for Visa, in Denver, CO, the Mile High City. It was a summer filled with new friends, great mentors, interesting projects, and SO MUCH FUN! At the end of May, I found myself in a live data center learning how complex mechanical systems maintain the environment of a data …