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Nick Bortolon

Mechanical Engineering, Class of 2022

Alamo, California

My name is Nick, and I am a sophomore studying Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Disruptive Innovation. I am from Alamo, California, a suburb of San Francisco. On campus,I am also a tour guide (if you're ever on campus, feel free to give me a "fight on"!) and a member of the USC club rock climbing team. In my free time, I enjoy riding roller coasters, playing and composing music, travelling, and trying new foods.

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My Favorite LA Spots

2 Truths, 1 Lie

True! I was a member of the studio audience for X-Factor auditions.

My Involvements

  • I am a tour guide for the Admission Center. While I love leading tours and talking to perspective students, the highlight of the job is making so many close friends.

  • I am a member of the club rock climbing team. It is a great way to exercise, take my mind off of school, and socialize with friends, either if they are on the team, or just want to try climbing out.

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 My Favorite Things About USC 

  • Gameday is one of the most incredible experiences as a USC student! It is a time where we all gather together and rep the Cardinal and Gold. My favorite parts of gameday are wearing my custom painted Adidas shoes, taking the day off of homework, and grabbing a victory dog on the way to the game.

  • We are so lucky to have the USC Village! It is a brand new area of campus complete with new student housing, restaurants, Target, and Trader Joe’s. I have lived in the village for both of my years on campus, and I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.

  • Sunsets on campus are beautiful. The only thing better than the views is the weather itself… you just can’t beat that LA sunshine.

  • The statue of Tommy Trojan always inspires me. He stands for the Five Traits of a Trojan: Faithful, Scholarly, Skillful, Courageous, and Ambitious. Whenever I am passing by Tommy, he reminds me of how fortunate I am to be here and how much comes along with being able to call myself a Trojan

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My Major: Mechanical Engineering

     Why Mechanical?

For my entire life, I have been obsessed with roller coasters. The earliest memory I can recall is watching Big Thunder Mountain at Disneyland as a toddler still far too short to actually ride. My parents thought it would just be a phase, so they indulged my childhood interest. Needless to say, I never quite grew out of it. My parents bought me the PC game Roller Coaster Tycoon, and after a couple of years of playing the game, I realized someone had to design roller coasters in real life. So I decided in second grade that I would become a roller coaster designer, and I have been following that dream ever since. That dream took me into the world of mechanical engineering, and I couldn't be happier. While I have other interests within mechanical engineering, I know I will not turn down the chance to design a roller coaster if (when) the opportunity presents itself.

Passion in my Field


  • Maverick: Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio

    (Intamin Blitz Coaster)

  • Sierra Sidewinder: Knott’s Berry Farm, Buena Park, California

    (MACK Rides Spinning Coaster)

  • Bluefire Megacoaster: Europapark, Rust, Germany

    (MACK Rides Launch Coaster)

  • Incredicoaster: California Adventure, Anaheim, California

    (Intamin LIM Coaster)

  • Steel Vengeance: Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio

    (Rocky Mountain Construction Hybrid Coaster)

Passion in the Classroom 

My Favorite Courses

This is a junior level class for aerospace, mechanical, and astronautical engineers with Professor Julian Domaradzki. In this class, we learned about the two fundamental laws of thermodynamics and put them into context with theoretical scenarios. Although it isn’t the easiest class, it is the class that made me feel like an engineer, and I made some amazing friends as well.