Mechanical Engineering
Class of 2015
Orlando, FL
Delta Kappa Alpha (DKA) is an incredible opportunity for students of all majors who are interested in the Cinematic Arts, including film, interactive entertainment, animation, and other types of media arts.  It is a professional fraternity, meaning it focuses on both fraternal bonds as well as industry preparedness.  Being a cinematic arts fraternity, of course we focus on the act of filmmaking, creating two films as an entire fraternity per year while simultaneously helping each other on independent projects.
For the past two summers, I have been lucky enough to to intern at Walt Disney World in Orlando!  My first summer, I worked in the Environmental Engineering department,  even though I am a Mechanical Engineer .  My daily tasks were related to energy savings at both the parks and resorts.  I worked closely with engineers of all disciplines, including Civil Engineers, Electrical Engineers, and Mechanical Engineers, to collect data and analyze ways in which Disney could be more efficient and leave minimal impact on the environment.
One of the things that drew me to USC in the first place is that Viterbi students are encouraged to pursue interests outside of engineering. I have always been interested in art and culture, so during my first semester at USC I attended multiple events held at the School of Cinematic Arts and left each one inspired.  So I decided to pursue a minor in Cinematic Arts.

Hey guys!  My name is Sam Kaplan.  I’m a Junior here at USC majoring in Mechanical Engineering and Minoring in Cinematic Arts.  I’m originally from Orlando, Florida, so making the choice to come all the way to Los Angeles for college was not exactly easy.  Throughout my time here at USC I’ve been able to explore my interests within and beyond engineering, picking up a Minor in Cinematic Arts and getting involved in a number of student organizations outside of Viterbi, including a social sorority, a professional fraternity, and Hillel.  Within the Viterbi School of Engineering I am involved in Undergraduate Research in a Mechanical Engineering laboratory, where I design structures to be used for microcombustion.  Beyond that, for the past two summers, I was able to secure internships at Walt Disney World in the Environmental Engineering and Mechanical Engineering departments!

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