Keeping It All Balanced

Bria Bria, Civil and Environmental, Service, Viterbi Orgs 0 Comments

So I am a few short hours away from #SpringBreak2017 and I have officially decided that this has been the most stress-free semester I’ve ever had. After much trial and error, I think I have figured out how exactly to structure your semester so that you have minimum stress and maximum fun. Keeping academics, extracurriculars, and your social life is difficult …

How I Landed My Internship: The Do’s and Dont’s

nayely-2017 Campus Events, Civil and Environmental, Internship, Nayely, Professional & Academic, Viterbi Summer, Women In Engineering 0 Comments

Hello, everyone! I hope you’re as excited as I am to be one third of the way through with the semester! I’ve been really busy trying to get used to my schedule, as it’s so important to get a solid grip of what your week looks like, when you have time to do work, when you have to be in …

So what exactly is Environmental Engineering?

Bria Bria, Civil and Environmental, Internship, Viterbi Class 0 Comments

I am now in week 4 (i think?) of my sixth semester at USC and time and time again I always find myself answering the question, “So what exactly is Environmental Engineering?” Well the answer to that is kind of complex and simple at the same time, so I’ll break it down for you here. I’ll start by rewinding a few …

My (Super) Cool Building Science Project

nayely-2017 Civil and Environmental, Nayely, Uncategorized, Viterbi Class, Women In Engineering 0 Comments

Hi all! I hope you all are enjoying the fall weather! Back in Houston, fall is the best season of the year because it is not at 100% humidity like the other 9 months of the year. What can I say… California does have the best weather! Anyway, I wanted to share with y’all one of the coolest projects that …

So What The Heck Do You Do In Building Science?!

nayely-2017 Civil and Environmental, Nayely, Viterbi Class, Women In Engineering 0 Comments

Hello! I hope your school year has started off on the right foot! Here at USC, I am deep into Week 5 of school. Yeah I know, Week 5. However, this school year in particular is especially interesting for me because it is the first year I get to actually take Building Science classes! I get to play around with …

The Civil Engineering Marvel of the West Coast

nayely-2017 Best of LA, Civil and Environmental, Nayely, Viterbi Life, Women In Engineering 0 Comments

Describe Los Angeles in one word: Construction. I cannot help but to look at the construction of the Wilshire Grand Center in downtown in awe. It will soon be the tallest skyscraper on the West Coast, and I can see it being built right before my eyes! Something about the way a building is constructed has always amazed me and …

Spring Break is for Visiting Museums

nayely-2017 Civil and Environmental, Museums, Nayely, Social & Diversity, Viterbi Life, Women In Engineering 0 Comments

LACMA Over Spring Break, I went somewhere I have been wanting to go since I moved from Houston to LA; I went on a visit to the Los Angeles Contemporary Museum of Art (LACMA), but more specifically, I went to the Frank Gehry exhibit. I am an avid fan of architecture. Last semester, when I took a class in architecture for …

Changing My Major Three Times

clare-2017 Civil and Environmental, Clare, Industrial and Systems, Uncategorized, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life 0 Comments

Ever since eighth grade, I had thought that when I went to college I would major in Environmental Engineering. That year I had attended state science fair and received a recommendation to attend the Intel International Science fair for a project that studied different types of biomass and their biogas production. Basically, eighth grade Clare thought her entire life should …

Why USC Was the One for Me

Bria Bria, Civil and Environmental, Viterbi Life, Why USC 0 Comments

I remember two years ago when I had to make the most difficult decision of my life: where to commit for college. Not only was I looking at various scholarships and different financial aid packages, but I was also looking at different cities, different engineering programs, and ultimately different paths for my life. My parents and friends all had their …

Environmental Engineering: Making an Impact

daisy-2017 Civil and Environmental, Daisy, Major, Research, Study, Viterbi Class 0 Comments

When I first heard about engineering I always associated it with building cars, designing buildings, as well as creating the next big tech device. It wasn’t until I was in high school that I first heard about environmental engineering, and I was quickly drawn to it. By definition, environmental engineering is “the branch of engineering that is concerned with protecting …

Changing Engineering Majors

molly-2016 Civil and Environmental, Computer Science, Molly 0 Comments

Over four years ago, I filled out the application to USC and somewhat-confidently selected “Computer Engineering” as my major.  I liked computers, and math, and robots, so it seemed logical. Although honestly, I had no idea what engineering really was. But astronauts and scientists and world leaders were engineers, so I wanted to be one too.  Then, I took Introduction to …

USC Bucket List Class: Sailing

molly-2016 Civil and Environmental, Molly, Viterbi Class 0 Comments

Being a second semester senior means getting first choice of what classes I’m getting to take.  And this semester I’ve chosen to take Nautical Science 101, more commonly known as Sailing! It’s a great addition to my engineering schedule which includes Geology, Geotechnical Engineering, Air Pollutants, and Wastewater Treatment Design. During this course, we have lectures on safety, terminology, and how to sail …

Environmental Engineering + Nonprofits = Life

Bria Bria, Civil and Environmental, Viterbi Class 0 Comments

When thinking about my favorite classes, I have two in mind that I love: PPD 402 and CE 210L. I took CE 210L (aka Introduction to Environmental Engineering Microbiology) last semester and it was such a cool experience. In class we learned about sulfur bacteria and their role in odor control and crown corrosion in sewer pipes, and the same …

Kelly’s Class Guide

Kelly Athletics, Beach, Civil and Environmental, Kelly, Viterbi Class 0 Comments

With school work starting to pick up, it is always nice to have a three-day weekend. However from Wednesday to Saturday, I was actually up in Reno, Nevada for the ASC Student Competition which is a construction management competition that members of CMAA (Construction Management Association of America) attend. There are a number of different divisions within the overall competition like …