Serve On! Why I’ve Made Community Service a Huge Part of My Life at USC

Miles Kay Free Time, Involvement, Miles, Service, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs Leave a Comment

In high school, I spent a lot of time doing community service. The projects I participated in ranged from tutoring and mentoring at a non-profit after-school and summer program to helping set up and man water stations at marathons. When I told my relatives about my involvement, they often remarked on how my service work would surely be looked upon …

Three Cheers for the New and Improved Membership Banquet

Luz Camacho Computer Science, Involvement, Luz, Social & Diversity, Trojan Spirit, Viterbi Orgs Leave a Comment

Every end of semester, the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers puts on a typically small membership appreciation banquet as a thank you to its members, a cheer to the end of the semester, and as a way to recognize certain members in SHPE. These recognized members really embraced one of the five pillars of SHPE: academic development, professional development, chapter …

Space or Nothing: USC RPL Static Fire

Audrey Roberts Aerospace and Mechanical, Astronautical, Audrey, Design Teams, Viterbi Orgs Leave a Comment

One of the highlights of my freshman year was being involved in the USC Rocket Propulsion Laboratory, which is USC’s entirely student-run undergraduate research laboratory determined to send a rocket to space. We are currently working on our third attempt at reaching space with a vehicle called Traveler III. The group has been designing and testing this rocket for many …

Banquet Season >> Finals Season

Vanessa Pangbourne Social & Diversity, Vanessa, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs Leave a Comment

 Junior year is quickly coming to its end (what?? how??) and with the end of every year come fun celebrations. Last week SHPE (The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers) had their first ever MemberSHPE Appreciation Banquet where Vice Dean Jones was the Keynote Speaker. It was so much fun to celebrate a great year with my favorite org on campus ...

Travel With Your Research Lab

Siena Applebaum Aerospace and Mechanical, Research, Siena, Uncategorized, Viterbi Orgs Leave a Comment

Hi wonderful human beings, There are a lot of reasons to consider getting involved in research as an undergraduate. Getting hands-on technical experience, being a part of cutting-edge discoveries, and fostering close relationships with really cool professors are just the tip of the iceberg. Another incredible opportunity that can come from working in a lab is being able to attend …

American Society of Civil Engineers takes Tempe, AZ!

Desiree James Civil and Environmental, Design Teams, Desiree, Professional & Academic, Uncategorized, Viterbi Orgs Leave a Comment

One of the student organizations I’m in is the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), one of the many professional engineering organizations on campus. Unlike most of the other professional engineering clubs though, ASCE consists of student led design teams within the org. The design teams include Concrete Canoe, Environmental, Geotech Wall and Steel Bridge (which is what I’m on!). …

NSBE National Conference!

Desiree James Civil and Environmental, Desiree, Involvement, Professional & Academic, Social & Diversity, Viterbi Orgs

I just want to start off by saying that NSBE Nationals is by far one of the best experiences I’ve had since at USC, and it’s definitely because of the people. For those of you who aren’t familiar with NSBE, it stands for the National Society of Black Engineers, and our mission is “to increase the number of culturally responsible …

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 the future: Where tech meets social good

Yingyu Sun Computer Science, Design Teams, Professional & Academic, Service, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs, Yingyu

Hey guys! As usual, happy Friday! Midterm season is over and it’s finally feeling like fall here and I couldn’t be more excited. If you’re wondering what engineering students are doing now that they don’t have exams to study for, I have some cool news for you! Being an engineering student isn’t all about the homework assignments and the exams …

My Winter Break Plans

Siena Applebaum Abroad, Free Time, Siena, Social & Diversity, Viterbi Orgs

Hey guys, exciting life update: I just found out that this winter break I officially will be traveling to Israel for 10 days with USC Hillel through Birthright! I had heard about Birthright at the beginning of my freshman year at USC and immediately decided that at some point in my 4 years here I had to participate. A couple …

“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 …

Microsoft: From Internship to Full Time Offer

Shana Douglass Aerospace and Mechanical, Internship, Life After Graduation, Shana, Viterbi Orgs, Viterbi Summer

It’s official! Ya girl will be fully employed upon graduation in May!!  I’m thrilled to share that I’ve signed a full time offer to work at Microsoft as a Mechanical Engineer in the Manufacturing and Sourcing department.  It’s currently second semester of my senior and final year of college and words can not express the feeling of relief that comes …

Networking (with your Friends!)

Bria Abroad, Bria, Viterbi Orgs Leave a Comment

One thing I’ve learned since being in college is that while networking with corporate representatives is important, making connections with your peers and the people you work with in school is crucial. The Trojan Family is definitely a real thing and I’ve encountered Trojan alums throughout the recruiting process (and in all 3 of my internships). Daisy!! Besides the value …

Viterbi President’s Council Retreat

Shana Douglass Free Time, Involvement, Shana, Social & Diversity, Viterbi Orgs

Being President of a club is no easy task. On top of school, work, and having a social life, you’re responsible for running an entire organization. As President of the National Society of Black Engineers it’s my job to making sure professional, social, and academic events happen and run smoothly, maintain corporate relationships, and manage an e-board of 15 people, …

SHPE-USC Familia Forevaaaa

Camila Salomon Gnecco Camila, Professional & Academic, Social & Diversity, Viterbi Orgs

The first year of college for me was a big adjustment period. You meet A LOT of people in such a short amount of time, but establishing a consistent friend group takes a while. However, this can be done by getting involved. When you join clubs and organizations which you are interested in, you find people from different backgrounds and …

The Amazing SWEsterhood

Namita Prakash Involvement, Namita, Professional & Academic, Social & Diversity, Viterbi Orgs, Women In Engineering Leave a Comment

Hello Everybody!! How’s it hanging? How about me, you ask? Well, just about a week ago, I was literally hanging, off of something I affectionately call the cloth-rope-thingy: The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Officer Council retreat was last weekend and wow!! The day started off with us taking an aerial acrobatics class in which I conquered my fear of …