BMES Conference 2019

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For fall break, I attended the annual Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) conference in Philadelphia! Students and researchers from universities across the nation were there to present research and learn about the latest advancements in the field of biomedical engineering. I was there to represent the Associated Students of Biomedical Engineering, a student-run organization that serves the specific needs of the …

Best Summer of My Life: Study Abroad in Paris

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This past summer was probably the best summer of my entire life. I studied abroad in Paris through the Viterbi Overseas program! This program was unique because 40 students from Viterbi took classes that counted toward their major with professors from Viterbi. In other words, we were not affiliated with a university in Paris. It was just a small part …

My Experience Taking a Class about Street Gangs

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Registering for classes is a stressful experience. For me, this involves trying to juggle required classes, long labs, and rate my professor reviews to piece together the perfect schedule while simultaneously biting my nails as the open spots in my preferred classes fill up. In addition to the required classes, USC students get the unique opportunity to take general education …

Why Viterbi

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In a previous blog post, “Two Questions, One Answer: USC,” I shared general reasons why I chose USC. This time, I am going to hone in on why I chose Viterbi. By the end of April of my senior year in high school, I had narrowed down my college choices to USC and Boston University (BU). Both universities had highly …

San Diego: Beaches and Biotech

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A three-day weekend at the beginning of the semester is an ideal time to relax and have fun with friends before everyone gets busy. For Martin Luther King Jr. Day, I traveled with a couple friends down to San Diego. One of them lives in San Diego, which meant that we had a place to stay and a car! By …

What’s to Come in 2019

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Winter break was four weeks of binge-watching my favorite TV shows (Jane the Virgin and Greys Anatomy), suntanning on beautiful beaches, and catching up with family and friends. It was great time to recharge for the second semester! This spring, I am taking an electrical engineering course (EE 202) and a biomedical engineering course (BME 210). EE 202 is all …

Why Biomedical Engineering?

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Since first arriving at the decision my senior year in high school, I have not changed my mind about majoring in biomedical engineering. Many people will ask what exactly is biomedical engineering. Coming in to college, I did not know even half of what I know now about the major. My definition of biomedical engineering is it is the intersection …

Get Outside!

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Many of you have probably noticed that midterm season at Viterbi is well underway. While not the most enjoyable part of college, test taking constitutes a necessary and sizable part of any student’s academic life. That being said, it’s important not to allow studying to consume your whole life. For me, one of the best ways to relieve some ~midterm stress~ …

Two Questions, One Answer: USC

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The decision of where to spend the next four years of my life was daunting as a senior in high school. These four years were going to be a five-hour plane ride from home. They were supposedly the years of the most critical personal growth and identity-building. College was a time to figure out what I wanted to dedicate the …

Turning Expectations Into Reality (Why USC)

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In the past, I’ve written a blog about the five factors that led me to attending USC. Check it out if you haven’t already! This time around I want to talk about the goals and expectations I set for myself prior to my first day as an undergrad and whether I was able to meet them during my four years …

Engineers Can Have Fun, Too!

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My sophomore year has definitely started at a quick pace. I am going into week five of the semester, and I already have my first midterm and paper due! In case you are interested in the daily life of a biomedical engineering major, here is what my semester looks like so far. I am living in a four-person apartment and …

One Last Hoorah! (Entering Senior Year)

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“My name is Daniel I am a senior studying Biomedical Engineering.” I need a moment to let that sink in… This is my last fall semester as a college student. The beginning of the end. To kick the year off, Freshmen Academy Coaches welcomed all the new freshmen engineers at the New Student Welcome, an event filled with fun and …

“A Little Bit of Everything” Kind of Summer

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The summer after my freshman year was a perfect blend of work, travel, and time spent relaxing at home. For the first seven weeks, I resided at USC to work in Professor Zavaleta’s research lab. As mentioned in my last blog post, Professor Z’s lab investigates the use of nanoparticles in detecting tumors with great precision. Every week day, I …

Michelson Center: Research, Kitchens, and More!

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In addition to the USC village, the Michelson Center for Convergent Biosciences opened my freshman year! Again, the timing for me to attend USC could not have been better. The purpose of the Michelson Center is to provide a space for researchers of different specialties to come together and collaborate on tackling the most pressing health challenges of our era. …

Posture Perfect (BME Senior Design Project)

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As the conclusion of this semester quickly approaches, a lot of my semester-long projects are nearing completion. The most important of them all is my senior design project (BME-405). We are challenged to ideate, develop, and build a device within the biomedical engineering sphere in teams of four to five students. Our group was passionate about creating a solution to …

Edwards Lifesciences Company Visit

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While I was fortunate enough to secure a summer internship during the fall semester, this does not mean that I’ve closed myself off from the many corporate events that are still happening on and off campus. When I found out that Edwards Lifesciences, a well-known medical device company, wanted to welcome a small group of USC students to tour its …

Attending America’s Largest Medtech Event (MD&M West)

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This semester, I’m taking some exciting biomedical engineering courses that directly apply to what I want to do after college. One of them is BME-416: Development and Regulation of Medical Products. The class meets once a week and we discuss the design, manufacturing, classification and quality procedures that go into the creation of medical devices. Recently, we had the opportunity …

Prototyping a Prosthetic in 48 Hours (ASBME Makeathon)

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This past weekend I participated in ASBME’s Makeathon, an annual 48-hour hardware competition in which teams of four to five individuals collaborate to address a medical challenge. At 6 PM on Friday, the twelve participating teams were briefed on the prompt that would be consuming their time and efforts for the next two days. This year, teams were tasked with …

Five Factors that led me to USC!

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USC was not my dream school; in fact, I didn’t have a dream school. At the beginning of the college application season, I was not entirely sold on engineering being my future, let alone biomedical engineering. But as the decisions started arriving in the month of April, I started visiting college campuses and interacting with students who lived there, trying …

I Went to Medical School?

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Okay, so I’ll admit that this title is clickbait. I’m still an undergraduate student here at USC Viterbi, and that won’t change for at least another year. However, some of my favorite classes I’ve taken on campus have been through my minor in Healthcare Studies, offered by the Keck School of Medicine, and I’ve had a few on the medical …