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Paul Lepe

Computer Engineering & Computer Science, Class of 2022

El Paso, Texas


My name is Paul, I am a sophomore studying Computer Engineering and Computer Science. I was born in Mexico but I have lived in El Paso, Texas over the past couple of years. On campus, I am a member of CybOrg - the cyber security  organization on campus - and also conduct research concerning cyber security and education. I work in the STEEL: Security Research Lab in Marina del Rey, CA where I focus on developing a system to analyze students' mistakes while attempting cyber security assignments and inform professors for personalized help. I am also a Director of Membership for the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) where we focus on providing resources to engineering students. In my free time, I love going to The Last Bookstore to read a book and explore LA with my friends.


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My Favorite Foods

2 Truths, 1 Lie

True! I had my first one throughout most of my childhood until I was 10, and the other two a couple of years after.

My Involvements

  • I am part of SHPE-USC, an organization that focuses on empowering the Hispanic community. We were founded in 1975, and were the first university chapter.

  • I am a member of CybOrg, an organization dedicated to bringing together students with interests and career aspirations in the fields of cyber security and digital forensics. 

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    The USC Latino Alumni Association (LAA) is one of the nation’s leading Latino alumni organizations, devoted to the academic advancement and development of Latino students attending USC. I became a LAA Scholar at the end of my freshman year.

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 My Favorite Things About USC 

  • I am part of SHPE-USC, an organization that focuses on empowering the Hispanic community. We were founded in 1975, and were the first university chapter.

  • I am a member of CybOrg, an organization dedicated to bringing together students with interests and career aspirations in the fields of cyber security and digital forensics. 

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    The USC Latino Alumni Association (LAA) is one of the nation’s leading Latino alumni organizations, devoted to the academic advancement and development of Latino students attending USC. I became a LAA Scholar at the end of my freshman year.

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My Major: Computer Engineering & Computer Science

     Why Computer Engineering & Computer Science?

I was never interested in Computer Science or Electrical Engineering as  a child, I just knew engineering was something I wanted to do. I needed a technical elective to graduate high school so on my junior year I registered for AP Computer Science. During that  year I fell in love with the class, the problem-solving skills needed were intriguing since every problem requires a unique solution.  When I came to USC I decided to try CECS for a year and then decide what track I wanted to follow; Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, or CECS. After taking the Introduction to Embedded Systems class during my first semester I realized CECS was for me. The class is the perfect glance into what CECS is, combining code with electrical components. As of now, I feel very confident in my major and in the decision I have made.

Interests in my field

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    Intel Optane Technology

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    RSA is an algorithm used to encrypt information. Leonard Adleman is one of its creators and currently teaches at USC.

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    James Webb Space Telescope

Passion in the Classroom 

My Favorite Courses

This is one of the introductory classes for Computer Engineering and Computer Science and it is taught by Professor Redekopp. The main focus of the class is to combine computer science with electrical engineering by providing hands-on labs where students have to connect components together (sensors, LED lights, buttons, switches, etc.) and create code to interact with the components. I loved it since I was able to see my projects come to fruition and it was extremely satisfying.