Being a Viterbi Girl

katherine Women In Engineering Leave a Comment

Coming into USC from a small all-girls high school that placed heavy emphasis on art, music, and liberal arts subjects, I was somewhat ambivalent about entering a coed college- let alone an engineering program! I had always gotten along well with my guy friends, but I was nervous about the possibility of being one of only a couple of girls …

Being a Woman in Engineering

Lyssa Aruda-2015 Women In Engineering Leave a Comment

This spring break I visited some of my best friends at other universities, and when all of their friends asked my major and were shocked to hear I was studying chemical engineering, I realized what a special place USC is.  I’ve definitely taken for granted the fact that there are so many other women in engineering here (twice the national …

Women in Engineering @ Viterbi

Makana Krulce-2015 Women In Engineering Leave a Comment

During one of our many admitted student programs at USC, I was leading a group of prospective Chemical Engineering students on a short tour of a biomimetic phase lab. When I asked if anyone had any questions about life at Viterbi, one of the parents commented on the distribution in our group. Out of a group of 8 prospective students, …

Being a Woman in Viterbi

melanie Women In Engineering Leave a Comment

Being a woman in Engineering at USC has been an amazing experience so far! I always knew I would go into some sort of technical field, and high school got me accustomed to taking classes with significantly fewer girls than guys. At USC, I really don’t even notice the girl to guy ratio in my classes—the collaborative environment encourages me …

Why I Love Being a Girl at Viterbi

Samantha Kaplan-2015 Women In Engineering Leave a Comment

Growing up with a dad who is a Mechanical Engineer, I always looked at the work he did and thought it was very interesting.  When I got to high school, I realized I loved math and science, and I wanted to study those subjects further in high school.  However, I also wanted to be creative.  To me, Engineering is a …

A Weekend with SWE (Society of Women Engineers Regional Conference)

emily-2013 Social & Diversity, Viterbi Orgs, Women In Engineering Leave a Comment

This past weekend I was in Salt Lake City for the Society of Women Engineers Regional Conference! We brought 12 current and future leaders of our section. Because it’s in March, the regional conference is the perfect time to help potential leaders for next year get a bigger picture of what SWE is, learn leadership and management techniques, and align …

SWE Regional Conference in Salt Lake City!

nataliea Social & Diversity, Viterbi Orgs, Women In Engineering Leave a Comment

Hi everyone! This weekend I am in Salt Lake City, UT, for the Society of Women Engineers Region B Conference! While I have attended the past two Society national conferences, this is my first regional conference. I’ve had a great couple of days meeting fellow SWEsters from across the Southwest and bonding with more of the girls from SWE USC. …

Society of Women Engineers: My Presidential Checklist

emily-2013 Uncategorized, Women In Engineering Leave a Comment

Hello everyone!! Since it’s been on the top of my to-do list recently, I thought I’d show you the inside workings of SWE, Viterbi’s largest student organization (233 members at my last count), and give myself a nice little reminder of the things I need to accomplish in the process. This year, I was elected President of SWE at USC, …

SWE National Conference in Houston!

cassandra Social & Diversity, Uncategorized, Women In Engineering Leave a Comment

Hey everyone! So this week I’d like to blog about something that happened 2 weeks ago, but didn’t blog about last week since that was our themed blog week about majors. (By the way, if you haven’t checked out my blog about Industrial & Systems Engineering, do it!) SWE National Conference is a three day conference of workshops, career fairs, …

Why study abroad?

melanie Abroad, Uncategorized Leave a Comment

I never thought I would have time to study abroad due to my ROTC commitment and heavy course load until I heard about Viterbi’s Summer Overseas program. It’s the perfect length of time (6 weeks) and it’s conveniently in the summer! I’m super excited to apply for multiple reasons. USC has plenty to offer in terms of diversity (we enroll more international …

Attending a research university

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  As you are looking through colleges to apply to, you may notice they often tout research as a major selling point.  But research is a very general term- what does it actually mean to attend a research university? There are many, many benefits to attending a research university.  Even should you not get involved with a research project yourself, …

SWE’s Professional Development Night!

cassandra Social & Diversity, Uncategorized, Women In Engineering Leave a Comment

The reason the Society of Women Engineers is one of the best orgs on campus (not biased at all) is that not only do you make some of your closest friends through our social gatherings (see Caitlin‘s post on our semesterly member’s retreat, the yacht party), but there are TONS of opportunities to gain professional and corporate experience. Last week …

SWE Members Retreat

caitlin Social & Diversity, Viterbi Life, Women In Engineering Leave a Comment

Hey everyone, This weekend, the Society of Women Engineers had their semi-annual members retreat. But this year we decided to change up what we did for the retreat.  We (the executive board) decided it would be fun to have our members retreat on a yacht! It was so much fun! The yacht was three stories with a deck and a dance floor. …