My Major: Mechanical Engineering

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Hi Everyone! I’m so excited to hopefully meet some of you at the weekend’s Engineering EXPO as part of Discover USC. This week’s blog is about my major, Mechanical Engineering. I love being a MechE because the field is so dynamic and broad– we learn so many cool things, and the knowledge we gain has so many fields of application. …

My Major: Mechanical Engineering

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Hey guys thanks for checking out my blog! For those of you that don’t know, I’m a mechanical engineering major. However, I actually started my freshman year as an environmental engineering major. After the first semester, though, I realized that environmental engineering was not for me. Viterbi gave me plenty of opportunities to get a better idea of what my …

Designing a Glider Launcher

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Lately I’ve been blogging a lot about my life outside of engineering; and that’s pretty unfortunate, considering how awesome engineering really is. That’s why I’m going to switch it up a bit, and tell you a little bit about my Senior Design Project! My team and I are re-designing the glider launcher used by AME 105 students (that’s the Intro …

Weekend #4: A Summary

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It’s only Saturday, but I’ve had an amazing weekend so far. Maybe a few of these highlights can give you a small picture of my #ViterbiLife. Thursday: The College Career Fair! Not as interesting as the Viterbi Career Expo, coming up soon, but at least it got me thinking more about the job application process. It feels a little daunting, …

Fall Semester: At A Glance

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Hey everyone! I’m back at USC for my LAST FALL SEMESTER, and I can hardly believe it! Fortunately, I have an amazing schedule and I can already tell this year’s going to be a blast. I’m still a little in denial about actually being a senior, but as soon as the Career Fairs, Career Expos, and Resume Workshops roll in, …

Aero-Design Team Trip to Qantas Airbus A380

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Last week, I went along with the USC Aero-design Team, to see the Qantas Airbus A380 at LAX.  The A380 is the largest and the most technologically advanced airplane. The engines are quieter and more fuel-efficient than any other airplane.  The A380 can hold up to 450 passengers.  We got to get up close and personal with this huge 2-story …

Mechanical Engineering in My Own Words

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As a Freshman, I started out with the “Undeclared Engineering” major and initially thought Mechanical Engineering sounded too boring or conventional for me. I eventually realized that Mechanical Engineering (ME) is neither one of those things, and in a way, being in one of the biggest and most popular departments in Viterbi has been great: I still meet new people in …

Spring Semester 2012

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It’s already the third week of school, but I still feel like I just got back to SC!! My schedule is finalized, and I’ve continued my mission of taking one non-engineering class every semester: this time, Swimming! I’ve always wanted to become a better swimmer, so here I go. It’s hard work, but I love that I get a work-out built …

Senior Design Project: The Home Stretch

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This semester, I’m enrolled in AME 441 – Senior Projects Laboratory. The aim of the course is to introduce students to some of the basic ideas of experimental work and the responsibilities of an industrial research project. For the project, my partner and I are working with the US Olympic Cycling Team to develop a wireless pedaling force measurement system. …

The Gamble House: Architecture 106 Field Trip

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You’ve probably heard it before: You’ll never run out of things to do in LA. And it’s true! Los Angeles is an amazing city, with an unparalleled diversity of attractions to enjoy with friends, family, or for a little peace of mind. I can honestly say that even four years of school isn’t enough time to see them all. Even as …

Hardest Class vs. Favorite Class

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For the first time in my life as an engineering student at USC, I don’t have class on Fridays. It’s an exhilarating feeling, that powerful surge of freedom that still surprises me every Thursday, at exactly 5:00 PM, as I step out of my Mechoptronics laboratory and realize it’s officially the Weekend. Capital W intended. As much as I love to brag …

Hardest Class vs. Favorite Class

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Having already completed what is probably one of the hardest classes at USC – Mechoptronics – during my junior year (last year), I’m not too worried about the difficulty of my classes this semester. I am now taking AME451 (Linear Control Systems), AME 441aL (Senior Projects Laboratory), AME 408 (Computer-Aided Design of Mechanical Systems), AME 404 (Mechanical Engineering Problems), and …

Spring Break has Finally Arrived!

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After a crazy busy week, Spring Break has finally arrived! This week I had my final project for my AME 308 class where we had to “build a bicycle” all on Solidworks which is a 3-D modeling software program.  Unlike past assignments in the class where all specifications and measurements were strictly defined for us, the design of our bike …