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USC Frogger: An iPhone App

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My mobile application development class is really picking up and our second big project is due next week. My group decided to make a USC version of frogger where the player is a squirrel trying to cross Trousdale while avoiding DPS officers, bikes, and pedestrians. In our version, the squirrel will be able to ride the skateboards when they are …

Summer Update!

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Writing operating systems kernel code and clubbing.  Pipelining CPUs and pool parties.  Building predictive algorithms and Mario Kart. Do all of these sentences sound contradictory? I would have thought so, but apparently all these can be done in the same day! My summer has been a unique blend of geeky and awesome, strenuous and relaxing.  And I love it. I …

Coolest Class: CSCI 101 Intro to CSCI

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The coolest class I have taken is the intro to computer science class from my first semester freshman year. Professor Redekopp taught this course for the first time (a graduate from the CSCI department at USC) and really took it upon himself to make sure students had a broad but realistic overview of what computer science is like at USC. …

My Summer: Research!

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Research is a bit of a special subject in engineering.  We graduate from high school often with little experience in our chosen discipline but wild dreams about building robots or mixing explosive compounds.  Then, when we get into our introduction classes as freshmen, we can be a little underwhelmed by the lack of lab coats.  Obviously, we college students want …

Engineering is an Art, too

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A lot of times, it feels like we engineers have nothing in common with artists.  Engineers like equations that give definite answers.  Artists can depict whatever they want.  There’s only one way to interpret an engineer’s design.  A painting? It can mean whatever the viewer wants it to mean.  Engineers pride themselves on a foundation in science. But there’s a …

Women in Engineering

chandler Women In Engineering 2 Comments

Well first off, being a female engineer is awesome. For my whole childhood, I wanted to be my older brother. When he was in kindergarten, I would sit at the kitchen table doing silly workbooks pretending to be in class until he got home from school. If he ate all his dinner, then I did too and when he wanted …

Engineering in my own words: Computer Science

chandler Viterbi Class 0 Comments

Besides all the fun themed parties, weekend trips snowboarding, and days spent soaking up the sun which you can read about in everyone’s blogs, I promise we do study…. A lot. My first semester freshman year, I took my favorite Computer Science class where some of our projects included extracting an image from a green screen and placing it in …

Grace Hopper Conference for Women in Computing

chandler Uncategorized 2 Comments

I spent Tuesday through Friday of this past week in Portland, Oregon for the Grace Hopper Conference for Women in Computing. Almost two months ago, my advisor sent an email with information about the conference and on a whim, I decided to apply. Viterbi awarded me a scholarship to attend but I was still second guessing missing almost a full …

My first Graphics based Video Game

chandler Uncategorized 1 Comment

I just finished my first completely GUI based video game complete with multiple levels, various characters, and so many cool features! As part of CS200, every two weeks we complete a homework assignment and for the past few weeks I have been working on “A Bird’s Life.” The first homework was a text based game that scrolled sideways and allowed the …

Factory Project: Manager Edition

nathan-2013 Viterbi Class 0 Comments

Today was really exciting for me, in a sort of nerdy yet not entirely academic way. I got to meet a team of about fifteen students, including Chandler, who I will be working with for the rest of the semester. Our project, which I’ve written about before, is a factory simulation that involves computer science students from two classes coming …

Hardest Class vs. Favorite Class

nathan-2013 Viterbi Class 0 Comments

My hardest class was also one of my most important: Discrete Math for Computer Science. Although I am a computer science major, I lean more on the practical side of the field rather than the theoretical. Because of this, although the material was interesting, it was hard for me to fully commit to studying it. That said, I learned an …

What Computer Science Means to Me

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Computer science means a lot more than it seems. It’s a lot more than just programming or sitting in front of screens all day. To me, computer science is about thinking about the world in a logical way and being able to break complex problems down into simple steps that can be solved easily. Computer science is about taking masterpieces …

My First Post

nathan-2013 Viterbi Life 2 Comments

Hey! Welcome to my blog. This is my third (or fourth… maybe) attempt at writing about some of the things that I encounter during the week, and I’m committed to keeping it updated on a regular basis. This time, I’ll just start with a quick summary about who I am and why I’m writing here on Viterbi Voices. My name …