Sports lover. Sorority sister. Industrial & Systems Engineer

Lauren H., Industrial & Systems Engineering, Class of 2016

Hey everyone! I’m Lauren, and I’m a sophomore on the Computers track for Industrial and Systems Engineering. However, I was undeclared engineering for the majority of my freshman year; so I have plenty of first-hand experience trying to decide on a field of engineering. I am a true Southern Californian, born and raised in beautiful sunny San Diego, which is about a two-hour car ride down the coast from USC.

USC was always my “dream school.” Both my parents, and many of their friends, graduated from USC. I grew up hearing about how amazing USC is and watching USC football A LOT. From a young age I felt I was already somehow a part of the Trojan Family. As the application process approached, I began to look into USC and more specifically Viterbi. I realized USC offered everything I could want in a college experience: excellent academics, encouragement for cross-disciplinary studies, Division I athletics, an exciting social life, a supportive atmosphere, tradition, Greek life, and warm weather. Needless to say, a couple visits to campus and multiple “Fight On!”s later I was sold.

Since being at USC, I have had the opportunity to be involved with many great organizations and meet many wonderful people. When I first arrived at USC I quickly got involved in my sorority and merit research. Through my sorority, I was able to meet women pursuing a variety of majors that motivate me to push myself further each day. Through my merit research project, I was able to meet many inspiring faculty members and specialists in the ISE field. Additionally, within Viterbi, I have had the pleasure to meet many Trojan engineers that are scholarly, motivated, and outgoing. So far, USC has been an amazing chapter of my life that I know has changed me and is preparing me well for the real world.

If you have any questions about the application process, life at USC, being an undeclared engineer, or any of the organizations I am involved with, please feel free to contact me via twitter or email. I would be more than happy to answer them! Also, check out some of the other incredible Viterbi Student Ambassadors and their lives through the Viterbi Voices blogs. I wish you the best of luck as you go through the college application and decision process. Fight On!


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Research Involvement

Merit Research Project in the USC Interaction Lab under the direction of Professor Maja Mataric. Previously, Merit Research Project with Dr. Najm Meshkati on improving pediatric patient safety at Children’s Hospital LA.”

Why I Love LA
There are so many things to experience and do! Plays, ethnic restaurants, movie screenings, concerts, historical landmarks, scenic hikes in Malibu and to the Hollywood sign, museums, beach days to Santa Monica beach, and much more! You could live here your entire life and still not experience it all. Also, there are not many places where you have the ability to start your day in snowy mountains and end up relaxing on a sunny beach. 

Hobbies & Interests
Traveling, playing and watching sports, spending time with friends and family, cooking and baking