Semester Recap

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Wow, time really flies! This semester was a blur of fun weekend trips, nerve-wrecking game days, and fun classes full of group projects. As it comes to a close, I am proud to say that I am finally done with my LAST final presentation leaving a mere two finals to take before Winter vacation begins. For one of my most …

My Major: Computer Engineering/Computer Science

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Here at USC, I study Computer Engineering/Computer Science (CECS), a major that entails both software (Computer Science) and hardware (Electrical Engineering classes focusing on Digital Logic/Computer Architecture).  The is that a CECS can go into either hardware or software, and that it is important to know the needs of a software designer to be an effective hardware engineer and vice-versa. …

My Major: Computer Science

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According to the Viterbi Admissions site, Computer scientists and computer engineers design and implement efficient software and hardware solutions to computer-solvable problems. which sounds about right to me. But in my own words, Computer Science is applying computational tools and logic to solve problems, With a huge emphasis on logic. That’s really what drew me to Computer Science. I had …

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 …