Meet Shayna

Electrical Engineering
Class of ’18


Hi, I’m Shayna! I’m a senior studying Electrical Engineering, originally from Cambridge, MA. While at USC – aside from enjoying the eternal summer – I have joined a social sorority, conducted research with Socially Assistive Robotics, and serve on the executive board of a female mentorship program: Women and Youth Supporting Each Other (WYSE). The summer after my freshman year I interned at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, in a lab developing robots for image-guided surgery. I have also worked at the Aerospace Corporation working with the Air Force’s weather satellite program. I spent the spring of my junior year studying abroad in Hong Kong. When I’m not in class or at work, you can find me binge-watching shows on Netflix, or reading Yelp reviews to pick out my next meal.



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Involvements

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I intern at the Aerospace Corporation twice a week, where I work with the Air Force’s remote sensing division on their weather satellite program. It has been a great way to apply what I’ve learned in class to real-world applications, and to further my interest in space systems.
WYSE pairs women at USC with local middle-school-aged girls in a year-long mentorship program. It is so much fun getting to hang out with the mentees, who never fail to surprise me in their maturity and insight, and I love being a part of such a strong community of women at USC.
Who says engineers can’t go abroad? I spent the spring semester of my junior year at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in, you guessed it, Hong Kong! Getting to explore the entirely new and unique culture of HK, and study among such an international study body was the most incredible experience.

My Major at USC: Electrical Engineering


My Favorite Classes
I took this class freshman year, and it is still one of my favorites. We used an Arduino microprocessor and a simple breadboard to build our weekly projects. Our final project, a model thermostat that would turn on “ac” or “heat” (just different colored LEDs) when the temperature (using a digital thermometer) was outside the user defined high and low, all while displaying the current temperature and selected bounds on an LCD display is still one of my favorite things I’ve built.
This class is all about amplifying circuits, particularly focusing on the properties of BJTs and MOSFETs within them. We first analyze these circuits with hand calculations, then run SPICE simulations, and finally test them in the lab. It’s a great mix of the theory of how everything works, and hands-on practice.
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Two Truths and a Lie

Can you guess which of these are true or false?
True! I didn’t realize I wanted to be an engineer until the summer before starting USC – but I’m so glad I did!
True! I would sit in the shopping cart as my parents were grocery shopping and point at people going by asking “who dat?” (so yeah, Iggy Azalea stole it from me)
False! I have never broken a bone, and was always weirdly jealous of the kids who got to have everyone sign their cast in elementary school!

My Favorite Shows

  • Friends has been, and always will be, one of my favorite shows. And no matter how many times I watch the series through, it still cracks me up.

  • I finished Stranger Things in the span of two days, and I regret nothing. And I can’t wait to continue the addicting thrill and suspense in season two!

  • Parenthood makes me feel ALL the feels. If you’ve never seen it, I highly recommend, but prepare to cry. And laugh. And by the end, feel like a part of this TV family.