My Spring (and last!) Semester at a Glance

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Coming into my last undergraduate semester at USC, I had three classes left to finish my degree in Biomedical-Mechanical engineering.  Having taken a full course load of 18 units every semester, I came back from Winter Break still not knowing what my schedule would look like for the semester. The three required classes I had left included BME 402 (Control …

Spring Semester: At a Glance

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It’s still the dead of winter and yet today in LA it was sunny and 70 degrees–one more reminder that, yes, I did pick the right school. It’s been such a blessing to be here at USC the past three and a half years, and I’m sure that this final semester will be just as amazing. I mentioned before that …

Employed (and Overjoyed)

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This post is long overdue, but I was waiting the for the right moment to announce (drum roll please) that I’m officially employed! I recently accepted my offer with ConocoPhillips, and I’ll be moving to Houston, Texas next summer after graduation! I interned at ConocoPhillips this summer in the Commercial Group in Crude Oil Scheduling (check out my post from …

Senior Design Project at Disneyland

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As part of the Industrial & Systems Engineering curriculum here at Viterbi, I am currently taking a class called ISE 495: Senior Design Project, which is basically a year-long consulting internship at a company in the Southern California area. In addition to learning about team management, lean manufacturing, and process improvement through lectures, we go visit our assigned company to analyze their …

ISE Lego Simulation

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When I first heard “Lego Simulation” I imagined some sophisticated software programmed to put lego structures together. It turns out software, graphics, and programming had nothing to do with it! As I joined my ISE-495a Senior Design Project class on an early Friday morning, I noticed buckets and buckets of lego blocks in the room. We formed teams and the …

Hardest Class vs. Favorite Class

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As a Senior, I’ve taken a wide range of classes. From grueling prerequisite math and science classes like Differential Equations and Physics, to more fun elective classes like Intro to Adobe Photoshop and the Film Symposium, I’ve covered quite a few subject areas. Overall, I’ve really been enjoying my upper division Industrial & Systems Engineering classes, but in order to take those …

Hardest Class vs. Favorite Class

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  Hands down my favorite class this semester is my ITP 215 class.  It’s a 3D Modeling, Animations and Special Affects class.  The best part is this class actually counts toward my major and is not just a free elective.  As an engineer you have to take your typical technical electives, but specifically as an Industrial and Systems Engineer (ISE), I also have …

My Summer in Houston, TX

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ConocoPhillips interns, showing off our new Texas boots I only have three weeks left in my internship in Houston, Texas, and I can’t believe how much I’ve learned this summer. During the first week, I was given the assignment of analyzing the transportation needs for the Eagle Ford Shale oil fields in South Texas, optimizing transporation capacity, minimizing costs, forecasting …

Jumping the Gun

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My team and I just met up with our Professor for our big semester project on Database Design & Management. We got our stuff pulled together and walked into his office with our heads held high, ready to present the elaborate, complex model of the system we intended to build for our client… only for our Professor to ask to …

Industrial & Systems Engineering in my Own Words

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Almost 90% of the time I tell people I am studying Industrial & Systems Engineering they ask me with a puzzled expression, “What exactly is that?” I don’t blame them for their confusion; after all, the name of my major conjures up images of antiquated machinery in some grimy Industrial Revolution-era factory. Industrial & Systems Engineering combines engineering and business …

Industrial and Systems Engineering (in my own words)

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I can’t tell you how many times a friend has asked me what my major is, listened to my answer, reacted positively (“That’s awesome!”), and then backtracked and admitted they had no idea what industrial engineering meant or what that type of engineer does… Instead of feeling discouraged by the lack of a general idea about ISE among some of …

ISA and the World of Technology Consulting

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One of the best things about the Information Systems Association (ISA) is its link to Trojans from different academic backgrounds who are all interested in information technology (IT) strategy, the business of information systems and technology consulting. As President of ISA this year, it’s been a challenge because I’m always striving to help students take advantage of the organization’s resources. …

My Spring Semester Map

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A new semester is a new beginning: new classes, professors, activities and events to look forward to. Here’s what’s on my mind this Spring! ⌘ Must survive my classes. I’ve got a heavy load this semester: Discrete Systems Simulation, Operations Research Methods, Database Management, Engineering Statistics and my General Ed. class “Language and Mind”. So far things are looking up. …

E-Portfolios are the Next Hip Thing

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One of my favorite classes this semester is IOM-431: Digitalizing your Business. This class falls under the Marshall School of Business, as part of my Information Systems emphasis. In class, we’re following the new digital trend of E-Portfolios. E-Portfolios resemble résumés because they outline achievements, awards, educational and work experience, and go beyond what a résumé can do because it …