Space or Nothing: USC RPL Static Fire

Audrey Roberts Aerospace and Mechanical, Astronautical, Audrey, Design Teams, Viterbi Orgs Leave a Comment

One of the highlights of my freshman year was being involved in the USC Rocket Propulsion Laboratory, which is USC’s entirely student-run undergraduate research laboratory determined to send a rocket to space. We are currently working on our third attempt at reaching space with a vehicle called Traveler III. The group has been designing and testing this rocket for many …

How I Got My Summer Internship: Networking Tips!

Celeste Goodwin Aerospace and Mechanical, Celeste, Internship, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Summer, Why USC, Women In Engineering

It’s the beginning of April, and the crunch to get an internship is really hitting hard. This is the time where most people are finalizing their summer plans, and I was still applying to positions and doing interviews! I was pretty stressed, but then I got a call from an unknown number. I picked up, and was told “We would …

Prototyping a Prosthetic in 48 Hours (ASBME Makeathon)

Daniel Donchev Campus Events, Daniel, Design Teams, Entrepreneurship, Free Time, Involvement, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs Leave a Comment

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 …

Changing Things Up Second Semester Junior Year

Aarya Suryavanshi Aarya, Aerospace and Mechanical, Design Teams, Viterbi Life

What’s up! I hope you guys have had a kick butt first few weeks back to school. I know a lot of people don’t really do New Year’s Resolutions, but I sure buy into that societal norm. I’ve decided to change some things about the way I do college, which I will outline below. By “change” I really mean alter …

I Switched My Major Second Semester Sophomore Year?!

Celeste Goodwin Aerospace and Mechanical, Celeste, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Why USC, Women In Engineering

Coming back to my fourth semester at USC, you would think that things would just go on as they have been, but you’d be wrong!! The first week of classes this semester, I was hit with a huge realization. I thought I maybe wanted to switch my major! I wrote a bunch of pro-con lists, consulted with my friends, talked …

Summer in the Sun and Stars- Interning at Orbital ATK

Nathan Alvarez Aerospace and Mechanical, Beach, Free Time, Internship, Nathan, Sports, Work Leave a Comment

This summer has been crazy trying to fit in work, time with family, and time at the beach. After taking one week off to travel to Seattle, I started working a full time internship at Orbital ATK in my hometown of Goleta, CA, and I’ve absolutely loved it. If you don’t already know, Orbital ATK is an aerospace and defense company …

Research with Robots: My Freshman Experience

Nathan Alvarez Aerospace and Mechanical, Involvement, Major, Nathan, Research, Study, Viterbi Life, Work Leave a Comment

My freshman year, I was fortunate enough to start working in a research lab during my very first semester of college. As a part of the Viterbi Fellows program, I was exposed to various different research labs on campus with undergraduate assistant openings, and the Interaction Lab seemed the most aligned with my interests, so I emailed the faculty advisor …

More Studying, Less StuDYING

Siena Applebaum Siena, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

Although it may not be the most fun part, a significant portion of your time at college (especially as an engineering major) will be spent doing school work. Knowing some pretty and peaceful spots around campus can make doing that work so much more productive and enjoyable. Thankfully, USC is absolutely beautiful, with gorgeous landscaping and perfect SoCal weather, so …

AME 204: SOMe really cool applications

Aarya Suryavanshi Aarya, Aerospace and Mechanical, Viterbi Class Leave a Comment

Hello friends! To start things off, my song recommendation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1LsabQV0Yjk This semester, I am taking AME 204, which is Strength of Materials (SOM, hence my terrible pun). So far we’ve learned about different kinds of stresses and deformations a material can take. If this doesn’t sound interesting, I assure you I wouldn’t be blogging about it if it wasn’t. This …

Gotta Blast! AME 309 Water Bottle Rocket Design Project

Shana Douglass Aerospace and Mechanical, Major, Shana, Uncategorized, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Orgs, Women In Engineering Leave a Comment

Group projects are often dreadful. It can be hard to coordinate with everyone’s busy schedule, procure materials, and evenly divide the workload. Fortunately, my recent class project in AME 309: Dynamics of Fluids did not come with the typical group project headaches. Our assignment was to create a water bottle rocket. Yeah like the one kids make, except this time …

AME 310: Putting the “Engine” in Engineer

andrew-2017 Aerospace and Mechanical, Andrew, Viterbi Class Leave a Comment

Howdy everyone,   Seeing as I’m pretty much at the halfway point of my college years, I’ve been thinking back over my classes and what I’ve learned. Today, though, I’m going to highlight one class in particular. Last semester I took AME 310, Engineering Thermodynamics I, taught by Professor Egolfopoulos – and man, it was great.     From a …

Keepin’ it Classy

alexb-2017 Aerospace and Mechanical, Alex B., Biomedical, Viterbi Class Leave a Comment

Hey y’all, it’s week 6 of Spring semester and things are starting to speed up in pace, especially class. While taking 16 units of hard science and engineering seemed super intimidating at the beginning of the semester, so far I am really enjoying my work load and I am learning some very applicable skills! Out of the 5 classes I …

Second Semester Senior

Ian-2016 Aerospace and Mechanical, Ian, Involvement, Service, Social & Diversity, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

  I’m writing this to you on a lovely Southern California day! And by lovely I mean we’ve been hit by El Nino and it is lovely to be inside cozying up to my computer and some hot tea. It’s hard to believe January has blown by so quickly, it’s going to be President’s Day in the blink of an …

Summer Internships at Walt Disney World and Future Plans

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For the first two summers of college, I was lucky enough to get internship experience at the happiest place on Earth, Walt Disney World.  The first summer, I worked in the Environmental Engineering department, performing tasks like data analysis to see the ways in which we could reduce energy consumption in the parks and resorts.  My second summer, I interned …

My Favorite Class(es) – Mechanical Design and Film Symposium!

Samantha Kaplan-2015 Aerospace and Mechanical, Viterbi Class Leave a Comment

This semester, I have two favorite classes: AME305 (Mechanical Design) and CTCS466 (Theatrical Film Symposium).  These classes are, of course, very different because AME305 satisfies an elective credit for my Mechanical Engineering degree and CTCS466 satisfies an elective credit for my minor in Cinematic Arts.  I love how different these classes are, because I constantly get to exercise different parts …

South African Summer And The Start of Fall!

Samantha Kaplan-2015 Uncategorized, Viterbi Summer Leave a Comment

This summer was one of the most incredible summers of my life, as I got to spend it participating in a service learning study abroad program in Cape Town, South Africa!  Cape Town was one of my favorite cities, and I am convinced it is one of the best places for a young person in the entire world.  Throughout my …