Robotics Expert. Salsa Dancer. Electrical Engineer!

Morelle, Electrical Engineering, Class of 2015

Hey there! I’m Morelle, an Electrical Engineering major at the Viterbi School of Engineering. Originally from Seattle, Washington, I knew little about USC before I visited – a place I’ve grown to love so much. Upon my first visit to sunny Los Angeles and a stroll down Trousdale, I fell in love with the beautiful USC campus, the relaxed feel of McCarthy Quad, and the smiling students headed to their classes. Ever since I first stepped foot on the campus, USC has been my dream school. With all that USC has to offer, it has certainly lived up to every expectation of what I was looking for in an ideal college.

As an incoming freshman, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to study; therefore, I came in as an Undecided Engineer. As I studied in classes, talked to professors, and learned more about each major through Viterbi’s Spotlight program, I decided the best fit for me would be Electrical Engineering. USC actively tries to provide students with the resources and opportunities to explore other areas outside of their field of study, which has allowed me to expand my engineering horizons and to pursue interdisciplinary work. In my research experience at the Interaction Lab, a robotics lab, I have obtained valuable Computer Science skills that I can apply to future projects, in addition to my EE skills.

Beyond research, I am a fellow in Viterbi’s new VSI2 program. The goal of VSI2 is to foster entrepreneurship aspirations within the Viterbi School of Engineering. The program has encouraged me to pursue my own project and has presented me with the ability to intern at a tech startup this summer. In addition to academic and career-oriented opportunities, USC has over 500 clubs and organizations to get involved in. I have previously participated on USC’s Club Frisbee team, Hellions of Troy, and Latin and Ballroom Club.

I love that Viterbi provides its students with unbelievable resources, ranging from free tutoring to networking events to access to engineering equipment. The students in Viterbi are well-rounded individuals, exhibiting impressive credentials and sociable personalities. The balance of academic rigor and positive attitude among students creates a community that helps and cares for each other within Viterbi and USC as a whole.

If you have any questions about Viterbi, USC, or life in Los Angeles, I would love to talk to you! Please feel free to contact me!


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Research Involvement

I work in the Interaction Lab, a robotics lab, where I have obtained valuable Computer Science skills that I can apply to future projects, in addition to my EE skills. My research focus is in dialogue management

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

Why I Love LA
I love that LA has endless activities to do and places to explore. LA has wonderful weather and a diversity of cultures and you can enjoy whatever aspect of the city appeals to you, whether it be beaches, trying out salsa dancing, or something new! 

Hobbies & Interests
Traveling, reading, salsa dancing, playing soccer and frisbee, and hanging out with friends.