Mark Parent

Civil Engineering, Class of 2022

Diamond Bar, California

My name is Mark, and I am a sophomore studying Civil Engineering with a Structural emphasis. I am from Diamond Bar, California, which is about 30 miles east of campus! On campus, I am a Resident Assistant for the McCarthy Honors College as well as a member of NSBE, which is the National Society of Black Engineers. I also conduct research in the Immersive Audio Lab under Dr. Chris Kyriakakis and am part of the Steel Bridge Team for the American Society of Civil Engineers. In my free time, I love going skiing on the weekends and hanging out at the beach with my friends.

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My Favorite LA Spots

Dodger Stadium is one of the most iconic landmarks of Los Angeles and watching baseball games is always a fun time.

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My Involvements

  • I am a Resident Assistant for McCarthy Honors Residential College on campus, which is the first year honors community for merit scholarship recipients. Apply by the December 1st deadline to be considered for one of these scholarships!

  • I am the executive assistant of my chapter’s National Society of Black Engineers whose mission is “to increase the number of culturally responsible Black Engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community.” NSBE is a great community on campus as well as an amazing network for your future career.

  • The American Society of Civil Engineers is a professional organization with design teams such as Concrete Canoe and Steel Bridge to compete at the Pacific Southwest Conference.

  • I am a research assistant in the Immersive Audio Lab under Dr. Chris Kyriakakis where I am currently making a sound map of the University Park Campus.

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 My Favorite Things About USC 

  • Though LA Metro is well being other major cities, USC sits along the Expo Line which makes getting to Santa Monica and Union Station very easy.

  • There are so many opportunities for students at USC such as studying abroad through Viterbi Summer Overseas where engineering students go to Europe for seven weeks.

  • My favorite part about USC is the Trojan Family and how close everyone is. Seeing how many alumni come back to watch the football games and want to help current students is exactly where I want to be.

  • The University Park Campus is beautiful and aesthetically pleasing which brightens up my day on my way to class every morning.

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My Major: Civil Engineering

     Why Civil?

I have always had a knack for math and science but I had never really considered engineering in high school. Everything I had done up until I was ready to apply to college had been geared towards the medical field with the exception of the lone engineering class I took my senior year. After that class, I thought I would give engineering a chance. A little later I took a school trip to Japan and took the Shinkansen, Japan's high speed rail network, from Tokyo to Osaka. The trip took 3 hours compared to the 6 that it would have taken if we drove and that made me want to pursue civil engineering because of how amazed I was with the technology.

Passion in my Field


  • SoFi Stadium under construction soon to be the new home of the Los Angeles Rams & Los Angeles Chargers

  • USC Village under construction in 2015 which now is undergraduate student housing as well as a vibrant part of the community

  • The Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia

  • The Eiffel Tower (the greatest civil engineering feat of its time)

  • The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco

Passion in the Classroom

My Favorite Courses

CE 106 is a freshman level class for civil engineering majors taught by Professor Rechenmacher where students learn the different aspects of civil engineering. In this class, students learn the problems faced across the world and what challenges engineers are working towards fixing. Guest lecturers are also brought in to speak on topics like coastal engineering and internship opportunities in civil engineering. It was a great start to the major so students can know what to expect the next four years!