Aerospace Engineering, Class of 2021
My name is Steven, and I am a junior studying Aerospace Engineering. I am from Bentonville, Arkansas and, yes, I know I am the only one you know from that state. On campus, I am a member of SC AIAA (Professional Aerospace Organization) and I conduct multiple research projects focused on how to get the natural world (birds and whales) of flight into the mechanical one. I work under Professor Geoffrey Spedding in the Dryden Wind Tunnel developing bio morphing wings for optimal flight. I also am vice president of USC Club Baseball and am a brother and vice president in the social fraternity Chi Phi. In my free time, I enjoy attending concerts around the area and being a restaurant connoisseur to places in LA.
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Airplanes take off against the wind, not with it.
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More About Me
I play for USC Club Baseball. I have been the social chair and am now the Vice President. We travel almost every weekend in the spring to play local colleges. Bringing passions to college is a great way to be successful.
I am a member of the social fraternity Chi Phi. I have been philanthropy chair and am currently the rush/recruitment chair. A fraternity is a fantastic way to meet amazing new people and form lifelong bonds.
The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics is a professional organization that brings in professionals from the industry to build connections and give a look into life after college as an aerospace engineer.
I am involved in two research labs focused on mimicking the natural world and flight of birds in the mechanical world. I work in the Dryden Wind Tunnel and on campus water channel. Ask me more about it below!
My Favorite Things About USC
My favorite USC tradition is the kicking of the light post on the way to the Coliseum for game days. There is no real reason to explain this but something about kicking a post on the way to watch the Trojans play football is amazing. I don’t know whether people have been doing this for years, or that it unites everyone on the long walk to the stadium, but I love it.
The beach was always my calling. Now, I am a short metro away! The location of USC is prime for low key beach days and playing spikeball all day long!
USC has a super diverse community and offers a unique experience when it comes to learning about other cultures and walks of life.
My Major: Aerospace Engineering
Growing up, I had always been fascinated with planes. I played Microsoft Flight Simulator on almost a daily basis, and took the window seat next to the wing so that I could see all of the moving parts. I grew up under the airspace for landing planes of two separate airports, and I always look up when I am outside and a plane flies overhead. I knew I wanted to be surrounded by planes my whole life, but it wasn't until my first engineering class in eighth grade that I decided it would be through aerospace engineering. After doing a research project, I realized that aerospace engineering was the profession for me.
Passion in my Field
Antonov An-225 Mriya (world’s largest plane)
SR-71 Blackbird (supersonic military machine)
Airbus A350-1000 (brand new passenger plane)
Embraer 175 (I ride back and forth to Arkansas on this great aircraft)
The Concorde (supersonic passenger jet)
Passion in the Classroom
My Favorite Courses
This is a junior level class for aerospace, mechanical, and astronautical engineers with Professor Yann Daniel Staelens. The purpose of the class is to learn how to use computer modeling to create 3D parts, assemblies, and run tests using he program NX. Although very time consuming, I really enjoy the challenge and learning how to make things come to fruition from my imagination.