Meet Erik

Eric 
Electrical Engineering
Minor: Entrepreneurship
Class of 2018
Fremont, CA

Hi! I’m a freshman studying Electrical Engineering planning on emphasizing in control systems, robotics, and mechatronics. During my first semester at SC, I have gotten heavily involved with SC Racing, Club Water Polo and research.  My first semester I did research in the Combustion Physics Lab studying turbulent combustion.  This summer, I will be working at Facebook developing mobile-telepresence robots for usage in their data centers as well as throughout their campuses.  On the side, I have been working on an app with a floor-mate of mine; USC has been very supportive of our efforts. I hope to have my own tech companies that I can look over and lead in the direction that I believe will best impact the world through engineering, specifically robotics.

I actually switched my major from Mechanical Engineering to Electrical Engineering after getting involved with the electronics team at SC Racing and exploring the opportunities that the EE department at Viterbi has, which was a surprisingly smooth process.

SC has everything that I wanted in a college experience—sports (both for me to participate in as well as teams to root for), academics, the arts, and a diverse group of intelligent peers and faculty. I remember waking up that first Saturday of our first game and looking out of my window, seeing McCarthy Quad covered by a variety of cardinal and gold tents with everyone already excited about that night’s game. The energy that whole day and especially in the Coliseum that night was phenomenal and is an experience that I will never forget.

During my first semester at SC, I have gotten heavily involved with SC Racing, Club Water Polo, entrepreneurship, and research. My first semester I did my research in the Combustion Physics Lab studying turbulent combustion; I’ll also be helping develop socially-assistive robots.
In the future, I hope to have my own tech company that I can look over and lead in the direction that I believe will best impact the world through engineering, specifically robotics. I have been working on an app with a floor-mate of mine and USC has been very supportive of our efforts.  [But for the near future], this upcoming summer, I will be working at Facebook developing mobile-telepresence robots for usage in their data centers as well as throughout their campuses.

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