Meet Shana

Mechanical Engineering
Class of ’18


Hey there, welcome to my student page! I’m Shana, and I’m majoring in Mechanical Engineering. I’m from Sunny San Diego, and so happy to be attending USC. On campus I’m Vice President of National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), as well as a Freshman Academy Coach. I’ve had wonderful summer internships with both Visa, working in data center operations, and Microsoft in the sourcing department. These internships gave me the opportunity to work with awesome team members, deepen my knowledge of business and engineering, and participate in fun intern activities, including, white water rafting. On the weekends, you can catch me at one of LA’s numerous ice-cream shops (my personal favorite, Scoops!). Thanks for exploring my page and fight on!



My Favorite Places in LA

Involvements

After Freshman Year, I worked with the Visa Operations and Infrastructure team in order to optimize data center chiller operations to increase efficiency, while still maintaining critical data center environment conditions.

Last summer, I interned at Microsoft in Redmond, Washington as a supply chain intern in the sourcing department. The summer was filled with fun outings, fascinating technology, and amazing co-workers. I will be returning this upcoming summer.

Freshman Academy is a class designed to help freshmen learn about the importance of engineering. Through guest lectures, projects, and engaging out of class activities the technical, political, ethical and societal impacts of engineering are explored.

Catch all of us at the annual new student Luau!

I’m currently the Vice President of the National Society of Black Engineers, or as we like to call it NSBE! NSBE is an organization that aims to increase the number of black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally, and positively impact the community. We work with the Center of Engineering Diversity (SWE, SHPE, and Quest)to put on many networking, professional development, and social events.

To Learn more about NSBE:
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My Major at USC: Mechanical Engineering


My Favorite Classes
Some courses can focus heavy on theory. While AME 341 requires a substantial amount of time and effort, this course work is all about that application of everything you learn as a ME student through lab experimentation. By far, this course is one of the most challenging but rewarding as an AME student.
For me, the professor made this class enjoyable more so than the course work. His clarity in teaching really helped me learn the material and be successful in the class.
An awesome professor teaching truly interesting material made this class on of my favorites at USC. Learning about how materials react in environments is extremely relevant especially in product design. Also the Professor was young, female, and super down to earth which was refreshing to have.

To learn more about the Professor Grunenfelder, check out her podcast.

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Fun Facts

Pump Up the Jams


My Tips for You

Application Essays

Don't just give a generic response as to why you want to go to USC. Make sure to articulate the specific value you'll be getting out of the college you're applying to.

Once You're Here

Start homework (or at least look it over) the day it is assigned. That way you know what the time commitment will be and can plan accordingly.

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Two Truths and a Lie

Can you guess which of these are true or false?
True! When I was a kid I was a paid actress for a local Shakespeare troupe, and I would perform around the city each summer. I’ve had a love for the arts ever since, and even attended a performing arts high school.
False! Although I haven’t been apart of the Viterbi Overseas program, in high school I took a few weeks off for independent study so that I could travel in Japan with my dad who was working there.
Very True! I think it’s fun to get away and lost in the music on my own.

My Favorite Shows

  • Absolutely my favorite show of all time. This show is full of outrageous characters and non-stop laughs, and I’m 99% sure Tina Fey is my spirit animal.

  • DRAMA, my life is not nearly as exciting, and creator Shonda Rhimes (she’s an alumni) constantly keeps me at the edge of my seat. Also they film on campus!

  • One of the best new shows hands down. Created by actor/rapper Childish Gambino (who was also a write for 30 rock!), Atlanta is a timely show, making much needed observations about the current state of black america while providing heart warming laughs.