Meet Luz


Computer Engineering & Computer Science, ’21
Bell Gardens, CA

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I’m Luz, a rising sophomore studying Computer Engineering and Computer Science hailing from Bell Gardens, California, a tiny city just about 30 minutes from USC! On campus, I’m really involved with the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) and also the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), both on which I serve on different committees in an effort to allow both organizations to better serve their members. This year I did a co-op at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where I worked on an automated testing system for Cubesats and during the summer I will be interning at Facebook under their Facebook university program. As a local, I spend a lot of my free time exploring everything LA has to offer time by visiting favorite spots like Santa Monica and concert venues like the Echoplex and The Roxy.
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Involvements

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers

SHPE is an organization focused on providing resources to and empowering Hispanic engineers. Over the past year I’ve been serving as SHPE’s director of membership, where I have sat on SHPE’s membership committee. This committee is in charge of planning most of SHPE’s events, anywhere from general body meetings to fun socials.
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Society of Women Engineers


SWE is another Viterbi organization whose primary focus is to unify and provide support to women pursuing engineering. This year I served as one of SWE’s student ambassador, who are often tasked with the job of developing their own professional and academic skills in addition to working with different committees in SWE. This year I got to work on a cool project called the “Goldieblox” fundraiser, an event focused on fundraising money to purchase STEM related toys for girls from local schools.
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NASA JPL


This spring semester I had the privilege of working in JPL’s space flight operations division as a part time intern. My worked involved continuing the project of past interns: creating an automated testing system for Cubesats. Though it was a bit difficult to jump into an already so well established project, I have definitely grown as engineer because of the experience.
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My Major: Computer Engineering & Computer Science

How did I pick my major?

Before coming to USC, I had never even touched a breadboard or written a single piece of code in my life. I chose my major, computer engineering, because it was a bridge between two fields I knew absolutely nothing about that would thus push me out of my comfort zone to attempt to learn something completely new!

My Favorite Classes


This introductory computer science course is a great welcome to any and all students who are studying computer science or even simply have a vague interest in it. Taught by the talented professors Andrew Goodney and Mark Redekopp, this course does a really good job of teaching the basic fundamentals of programming to anyone curious about CS!

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Favorite LA Spots


Good food, the cutest shops, boba; what more could you ask for! This tiny slice of Japanese culture is a must see when in DTLA and is always the place to go in search of good ramen.

My Netflix Obsessions


  • This buddy cop show staring Andy Samberg has just about everything one could ask for: smart, witty writing, a diverse cast, lovable characters, and corgis. Who doesn’t love corgis?

  • My favorite British comedian takes a crack at American politics by covering important news stories of the week and HBO gives him the backing to pull off his eccentric style of humor.

Favorite USC Tradition


The legendary USC tailgate before every USC football game is my favorite school tradition. There is just something in being swept up in the outpouring school spirit and pride that even a person who knows nothing about sports like myself can find a lot of joy in, whether you’re there to to brag about Trojan football or just for there for the food.


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