Introduction to Aerospace Engineering

Naish Naish 1 Comment

When I first arrived at USC, every moment of my days were a whirlwind of activity for almost a week. Then classes started! USC stood out to me early on because I was learning real-world applicable knowledge from day one. My first engineering class, AME-150L, was taught by the department head of Aerospace Engineering, Prof. (and I would like to …


Staying Centered in College

Naish Naish Leave a Comment

The entire concept of “staying centered” is somewhat cliché, but for good reason. Although the connotation of such a principle may be negative or lend itself towards trendiness, balance is key in every aspect of any college student’s life. Between academics, clubs, sports, social life, and everything in between, maintaining a healthy balance of all these facets of daily life …


From Undecided to Computer Science

Vincent Vincent Leave a Comment

I actually know what my major is! I always knew I wanted to be an engineer. I love solving problems, designing solutions, and I think Q from James Bond is the coolest thing since sliced bread. My indecision came from not knowing what kind of engineering I wanted to do so I applied to USC as an undecided engineer. Its …

We "grounded" the circuit to my ankle bone... get it? Because feet touch the... ground?

Medical Electronics Final Project: ECG

Jordan Biomedical, Jordan Leave a Comment

Hey guys! This week we finished our Medical Electronics (BME302) group project, creating an ECG using operational amplifiers, highpass and low pass circuits, and bioelectrodes attached directly to, you guessed it, me! Check out some of the pictures from our circuit and the output we got… my heartbeat! Disclaimer: do not hook any electrical circuits up to your body without …


The Nature of Competition

Markus Astronautical, Markus, Uncategorized Leave a Comment

Hi guys! Colleges and college students often raise the topic of competition as a natural selection method for determining the best and brightest in a class.  Coming from high school and playing sports, I have always bought into this idea of competition.  May the best man win has wormed its way into my mindset and perspective towards academics and life. …

The bottle rocket my partner and I made. The blue dome on top was 3D printed in ABS plastic.

Exciting Projects: Bottle Rockets

Ian Ian, Uncategorized 2 Comments

This semester I’m taking AME 309, Dynamics of Fluids. I know what you’re thinking, “ew,” it was my same thought when I saw that I needed to take it this year. The class is challenging, that is no question, but all of the learning that we have done so far has culminated with one really fun project: building a bottle …


Leavey, Doheny and any Library are your Best Friends

Frankie Engineering, Frankie, Uncategorized, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

As an an engineer and as a college, you will spend a lot of week day nights studying or doing work, but you got to find your special place where you study and get work done. Some people like staying home, going to a classroom or working outside, but for me, I need to be in a quiet area away …

Ronald Tutor Campus Center

My Favorite Study Spot: Campus Center

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Hey everyone! This week I thought I’d share my favorite study spot with you: the Campus Center. The Campus Center, or CC,  is exactly what it sounds like, a courtyard in the middle of campus with buildings surrounding it. The buildings that make up the CC house things including the admissions center, the USC pharmacy, a food court, art exhibits, …


Study Havens Around Campus

Pablo Pozas-2015 Engineering, Pablo, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

Although I live off campus, I spend most (if not all) of my waking hours of the day on campus, so I’ve had to figure out ways to get things done in between classes and meetings. Since my study habits are too sporadic, I can’t rely on making a reservation for a study room in Leavey or hoping that I’ll find …

Yay engineering hw!

Tip 1: Study Groups

Hannah Hannah, Viterbi Class Leave a Comment

With midterm season in the air, I’m going to share one of the best tips I’ve received since freshman year: form a study group!  Whether it’s math, science, chemical/biomedical/electrical/civil/mechanical/industrial systems etc. –really any class for any engineering, I’d say wading through homework and projects is much better with a few friends by your side.  After all the saying goes “two heads …

Grey's Anatomy

Comm443: Communicating Health Messages and Medical Issues

Lauren Pelo-2015 Lauren P., Uncategorized Leave a Comment

My favorite class that I’m taking this semester is “Communicating Health Messages and Medical Issues.” In this class, we research and discuss the physician-patient relationship. We analyze case studies that consist of research papers, personal stories or accounts, and TV shows like Grey’s Anatomy, ER, and Nurse Jackie. Our class is mainly discussion based, which is especially interesting because we …


USC 499: Persuasion and Optical Data Transmission

Markus Astronautical, Markus, Uncategorized, Viterbi Class Leave a Comment

Hey All, This semester is really starting to pick up and classes are definitely a-rolling.  I must say that I even in this short amount of time I have come to really enjoy two specific, and very different classes.  On my engineering side, I am so excited for my Senior design project in which we are looking at rapid free-space …


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 …


Freshman 15: 15 Things to Consider as a Freshman!

Markus Markus, Uncategorized, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

Hey all, Whether you are deciding where to take your talents next year or just perusing the college websites to learn more, understanding the freshman experience is a must.  Freshman year is a time of learning, adjustment, and excitement, but knowing how to maximize these aspects will put you well ahead of the game.

A Crazy Week of School Before USC Spring Break!

Lauren Pelo-2015 Lauren P., Uncategorized 1 Comment

This week was crazy both inside and outside of class! It was a hectic week of midterms and projects, and I was also trying to plan for a smooth transition into spring break! On top of that, there was another animal study in my research lab on Tuesday – more on that later in the blog!