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Gavin, Mechanical Engineer, Class of 2014

Hi! I’m Gavin, a senior from Sacramento, California, studying Mechanical Engineering and minoring in entrepreneurship here at USC. What caught my attention about USC was the closeness of the community, despite it being such a large school. The “Trojan Family” is something I initially wasn’t convinced of, but after coming to USC and seeing how everyone works to benefit each other I’ve definitely changed my mind!

When I was looking at schools, I knew I wanted two things: the best academics I could find and division I athletics for me to root for. USC was perfect for both these, and much more. Undergraduate research was something I wasn’t exposed to at any other university I visited, and at USC, it was not only possible, but very much the norm for undergraduate engineering students to participate in hands-on research. Little did I know that one week into my first semester at USC I began working at the CHAFF (a space-simulation lab on campus)–just one of the many opportunities I had as soon as I stepped onto USC’s campus!

I’m involved in many engineering and non-engineering related things, from working in the USC Formula SAE lab to being a member of a fraternity. No matter what your goals are, you’re guaranteed to find something that fits your interests and aspirations at USC. Check out my blog, twitter, or send me an email with the icon above. I’d be happy to talk to you about the opportunities at USC!

 

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About Me

Mechanical Engineering
Minor:Entrepreneurship

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 Class of 2014

USC Formula SAE | Rocket Lab | Tau Kappa Epsilon | USC Stevens Institute for Innovation | USC Rugby | Intramurals

Research Involvement

CHAFF (Collaborative High Altitude Flow Facility) – Using Molten Boron as a Phase-Change Thermal Storage Medium for Microsatellite Solar Propulsion

Shockwave Lab – Using Biomimetics of a woodpecker to create a safer helmet for military applications


Study Abroad Experience
I studied abroad in Madrid through the Viterbi Overseas Program

Why I Love LA
With so much to offer, I never get bored, whether it’s going hiking in the nearby Griffith Park, or going to see the LA Philharmonic, I always have something exciting to do. 

Hobbies & Interests
Surfing, guitar, running, hiking, intramural soccer, building racecars!