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But actually, how hard is Engineering?

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Sit down folks, I’m about to break down one of the most frequently asked questions about engineering: just how hard is it? If you’re like me, you’ve looked this up on several, several forums and found less than ideal answers. With that in mind, I’m going to give you the honest answer about what my freshman year of engineering has …

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A Day in the Life of Maria

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A Day in the Life, Freshman ChemE Readers, let’s get specific! I know a lot of you have questions about what life at USC is like, so here’s more information than you’ll ever need about what my average day is like! It’s going to be a Monday, for the record: 8:30 am- 9:00 am: Get ready for the day and …

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Summer Internship with Aera

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This summer I’ll be working for Aera Energy in Bakersfield, CA! Aera Energy is an upstream oil and gas producer, which means it finds oil fields, plans how to effectively produce from the field, drill the wells, and the sells the crude oil and natural gas to other companies. It was last semester in October that I was offered the internship, and I …

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THUMS Island Field Trip with SPE

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In February I was able to go on a field trip with the Society of Petroleum Engineers to THUMS Islands in Long Beach. The THUMS Islands are four islands off the shore of Long Beach that produce oil and gas from the Wilmington Field, one of the largest oil fields in the US. The islands are unique because they are in such an …

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Applying Theory: Chemical Engineering 444aL

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Throughout my time as an undergraduate so far, all of our chemistry classes have had lab sections attached to them, but none of the main chemical engineering courses have had a lab section attached except for introduction to chemical engineering and my nanotechnology classes. We’ve learned a lot of theory so far, but have not had a chance to apply …

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Get Pumped No Homework

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One of the coolest parts about the transition from high school to college is that a lot of your classes do not have homework. Well let me explain a little more. When you get to college, each class is run a little differently and good amount of classes do not have homework due each day, each class or even every …

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What is Chemical Engineering?

Lyssa Aruda-2015 Chemical Engineering, Lyssa, Uncategorized Leave a Comment

Blogged while procrastinating doing my mass transfer homework. Hello everyone! Happy Sunday! This week I wanted to take the chance to explain a little bit about what Chemical Engineering means to me, and how my view of chemical engineering has changed over the past four years. When I first started I thought chemical engineers make chemicals.  What chemical engineers actually do …

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Chemical Engineering: The ins and outs

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I entered into college declared as a chemical engineer with a focus in petroleum not really knowing much about the field except that 1) they work with chemistry; check 2) they have to use math at some point; check 3) they make the most money right out of college; 100,000 checks. The money tag on chemical engineering pulled me into …

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Guess I need to buy some business clothes for this summer! No actually, this is like my only business outfit.

Chemical Engineering: A Major of Opportunities

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It’s funny how my definition of what chemical engineering has changed throughout my years here. Not drastically, of course, but I keep expanding my definition of where a degree in chemical engineering can take me. I keep finding out that I have opportunities in things like consulting and business, which I never really considered before! It’s exciting to find more …

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Engineering

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Chemical Engineering in a nut shell can be experience in CHE 444a.  A completely hands on lab class I’m taking this semester, we’ve already done labs involving material from all the engineering and chemistry classes I’ve taken so far at USC. From liquid liquid extraction to corrosion to mass transfer, some of the material is even from classes I will …

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Perks of Being an Engineer

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Being an engineer has the negatives of having a good amount of work week to week, but the perks definitely out weigh the negatives. Included in sed perks are awesome lasers, playing with acids, FIRE and simply just working with cool machinery. This is only my perspective of the things I have done, but there are so many more cool …

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Teamwork in Engineering

Lyssa Aruda-2015 Chemical Engineering, Lyssa, Viterbi Class Leave a Comment

Blogged while listening to Smoke + Mirrors- Imagine Dragon’s new album! Hello everyone! Happy E-Week.  This week is all about celebrating engineering and all the cool things engineers do.  Here at USC we are celebrating with all sorts of activities, my favorite of which is Viterbi Ball at the end of the week! Check out Betty’s blog about it– she’s …

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Chemical Engineering Lab

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Spring semester junior year for ChemE’s generally means it’s Lab time.  One of the most crucial classes is CHE 444a.  An opportunity to real life lab applications and skills the whole class is hands on.  Each week we perform one of the labs and then subsquently write a report.  We work in groups and learn to not only master the skills …

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The lab I worked in freshman and sophomore year!

My Research Experience: From Engines to Nail Polish

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  Hey everyone! Happy hump day. Today, I wanted to take a little time to talk about the various research projects I have been involved with thus far. I knew in high school that I wanted to get involved in research as soon as possible. In fact, the fact that I could start working under a professor in their lab …

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My Spring Semester at a Glance

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Hey Everyone! It’s hard to believe that it’s already the second week of spring semester. This semester is going to be incredibly busy, but a lot of fun at the same time. Here’s a brief preview of what I’m going to be doing this semester! Classes: This semester, I’m taking Viscous Flow, Advanced Inorganic Chemistry, Nanostructured Materials, and Chemical Engineering …

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My Favorite Student Organization: The American Institute of Chemical Engineers

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My favorite student organization is the one that I’ve had the largest opportunity to grow in: The American Institute of Chemical Engineers! I joined the American Institute of Chemical Engineers when I was a freshmen as a way to get to know the chemical engineers at USC outside of the classroom. At the time, I didn’t realize that an added …

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My Favorite Study Spot: Research Lab!

Lyssa Aruda-2015 Chemical Engineering, Lyssa, Viterbi Class Leave a Comment

Hey everyone! Hope you had a great week and happy homecoming! This week we are talking about our favorite study spot, and while I have many favorite spots including my desk at Alpha Phi, Engineering Quad, and RTH Cafe, one of my new favorites has been in my research lab! Iced coffee in E-Quad is the perfect afternoon break! #ViterbiLifepic.twitter.com/KNJUWFz8Kv …

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Interning at Texas Instruments

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Hi everyone! This week is career week here at Viterbi! Last night was an event called VINE, which stands for the Viterbi Industry Networking Event. Over  70 companies attended this event, and it was a great chance to get to know recruiters in a more casual setting before the career fair today! Although I still went to VINE, and am …

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CHE 442 Reactors: The Crux of CHE

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Midday on Tuesdays and Thursdays you’ll find me both confused and satisfied at the same time.  It sounds contradicting, but that’s when you’ll find me in CHE 442: Chemical Reaction Engineering. One of the most challenging but rewarding classes for me since my first year as a chemical engineer has been Reactors.  The class focuses on problems involving the design and operation …

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CHE 330 Thermodynamics: Controlling Heat

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When I first met older chemical engineers, I can remember them always mentioning “Thermo” like it was a myth or a legend; “Oh you’re a freshmen, that means you haven’t taken thermo yet.” The way I see it now is somewhat like a right of passage as a Chemical Engineer. It’s a challenging engineering class that is an extension of …

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