Summer in the Sun and Stars- Interning at Orbital ATK

Nathan Alvarez Aerospace and Mechanical, Beach, Free Time, Internship, Nathan, Sports, Work 0 Comments

This summer has been crazy trying to fit in work, time with family, and time at the beach. After taking one week off to travel to Seattle, I started working a full time internship at Orbital ATK in my hometown of Goleta, CA, and I’ve absolutely loved it. If you don’t already know, Orbital ATK is an aerospace and defense company …

Research with Robots: My Freshman Experience

Nathan Alvarez Aerospace and Mechanical, Involvement, Major, Nathan, Research, Study, Viterbi Life, Work 0 Comments

My freshman year, I was fortunate enough to start working in a research lab during my very first semester of college. As a part of the Viterbi Fellows program, I was exposed to various different research labs on campus with undergraduate assistant openings, and the Interaction Lab seemed the most aligned with my interests, so I emailed the faculty advisor …

Civil Engineering for an Aerospace Engineer

Ramiro Mendoza-Axle Aerospace and Mechanical, Civil and Environmental, Internship, Professional & Academic 0 Comments

This summer, I took it upon myself to try something different. I knew I did not want to be stuck at home doing nothing this summer, and I also knew that I wanted to start building my resume with some interning experience. Now, the process of applying for internships started almost a full year ago for this summer. Yeah, it’s …

Keep the Projects “Fly”

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If you like things that fly, and you want to know more about it, then AME 261 is the class for you! In this class, I finally felt like a real engineer by the end of the semester. Throughout the year, you learn the foundations of flight, with all the components that lead up to a successful design. Homework assignments …

USC: The Home I Chose

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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 …

Summer Seventeen

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Classes ended, summer started, everyone went their way, and here we are – mid-July! It’s amazing how fast the summer goes. A quick update of all the going’s on with Naish as of late: I started working for Boeing in late May as a Test Program Integration Intern (TPI) on the new Dreamliner, 787-10. TPI coordinates engineering changes with schedule …

Berlin + Sustainable Development

Aarya Suryavanshi Aarya, Aerospace and Mechanical, Internship, Uncategorized 0 Comments

I hope all has been going well on the other side of the pond (am I still allowed to say that even though I am not in Britain? I’m going to say it anyways). This summer your girl’s been doing some research at Technische Universität Berlin (in Berlin, Germany). I’ve been researching sustainable development, namely how startups can be used …

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

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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 …