Viterbi Student Ambassadors

We are a group of undergraduate students at the Viterbi School of Engineering who act as liaisons between the admission department and prospective students interested in studying engineering at USC!

VSA recruitment is first weeks of the Spring semester, so i f you’re interested in joining the VSA team check back next year!

What We Do

Viterbi Student Ambassadors (VSAs) speak to students at official admission events (virtual information sessions, live chats, and in the past, Discover USC and Explore), and generally act as a resource for any questions that prospective students may have about the student experience at Viterbi.

We also maintain several social media and outreach platforms, including our Instagram, Tik Tok, Twitter, and YouTube, as well as put out our weekly podcast, Viterbi Voices!

This webpage is also maintained by the VSA team, but is a platform dedicated to showcasing all types of student experiences (including yours!).

Our Mission

As VSAs, our primary goal is to share our own, real stories of our time at USC, in the hopes that we can provide a window of insight for prospective students during what is always a stressful and confusing period in their lives – the college admission process.

Join the VSA Team!

The VSA team is looking for engaged, excited current Viterbi students (that’s you!) to join us!

The application for the 2022-2023 school year is no longer open, but check in again next spring for our recruitment cycle. If you’d like to contribute your unique Viterbi perspective in the meantime, become a Content Creator! Current students can share their stories and experiences through blogs written for our Viterbi Voices site (this one!) 

A Day in the Life of a VSA

As a Viterbi Student Ambassador, you will contribute to a spectrum of voices from Viterbi engineers through creative activities including video creation, live chat hosting, podcast making, social media planning, and blogging. While no experience is necessary in any of these, a desire to work hard to learn these skills on the job definitely is!

Responding to questions on the spot is another important skill when speaking at admission-related events, but no prior formal public speaking experience is needed. As a new member of the VSA team you will have plenty of time to practice in both training workshops and staff meetings!

Frequently Asked Questions

Meet the VSAs

Our team is a group of close-knit, hardworking individuals with a range of majors, interests, and campus involvements. To learn more about our experiences and check out our blogs, click the profiles below!

Computer Science Games

Gianna Beck

Class of 2023
Phoenix, Arizona
she/her/hers

YEAR: Class of 2023
HOMETOWN: Phoenix, Arizona
PRONOUNS: she/her/hers

I'm involved with computer science research investigating affective gesturing in robots in the Interaction Lab along with being a Freshman Engineering Academy Coach. Outside of Viterbi, I'm a part of Greek Life, SC Climbing, and the Student Alumni Society leadership board.

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Radhika Bhuckory

Class of 2022
Ventura, California
she/her/hers

YEAR: Class of 2022
HOMETOWN: Ventura, California
PRONOUNS: she/her/hers

Outside of classes, I conduct research in the Autonomous Networks Research Group (ANRG) investigating how communication evolves in robotic networks. I am also involved in the leadership boards for USC IEEE and Asli Baat A Capella as well as a general member for Makers and CAIS++.

Mechanical Engineering

Nick Bortolon

Class of 2022
Alamo, California
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YEAR: Class of 2022
HOMETOWN: Alamo, California
PRONOUNS: he/him/his

On campus I am a Student Ambassador (better known as a Tour Guide) and I am part of the USC Club Rock Climbing Team. In my free time, I like to ride roller coasters, compose music for piano, and explore Los Angeles.

Computer Science & Quantitative Biology

Shannon Brownlee

Class of 2023
San Diego, California
she/her/hers

YEAR: Class of 2023
HOMETOWN: San Diego, California
PRONOUNS: she/her/hers

On campus I'm involved with the Center for Artificial Intelligence in Society (CAIS++) and the Corpus Callosum arts + tech club! I also conduct neuroscience research within the Biomedical Engineering department. Outside of school, I enjoy singing, painting, gardening.

Computer Science

Jordan Cahoon

Class of 2024
Seattle, Washington
she/her/hers

YEAR: Class of 2024
HOMETOWN: Seattle, Washington
PRONOUNS: she/her/hers

I'm involved with computer science research investigating affective gesturing in robots in the Interaction Lab along with being a Freshman Engineering Academy Coach. Outside of Viterbi, I'm a part of Greek Life, SC Climbing, and the Student Alumni Society leadership board.

Biomedical Engineering

Matthew Clauss

Class of 2022
Kansas City, Missouri
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YEAR: Class of 2022
HOMETOWN: Kansas City, Missouri
PRONOUNS: he/him/his

At USC, I am the social chair of ASBME, a member of the 3D printing club on campus, play on the club ultimate frisbee team, and am a part of Greek Life.

Computer Science / Business Administration

Cameron Cole

Class of 2023
Chicago, Illinois
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YEAR: Class of 2023
HOMETOWN: Chicago, Illinois
PRONOUNS: he/him/his

On campus, I've been involved with USC's chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers and our Formula SAE race car design team. Outside of Viterbi I'm a member of the USC Global Investing Society.

Civil Engineering, Structural Emphasis

Madie Fujimoto

Class of 2021
San Jose, California
she/her/hers

YEAR: Class of 2023
HOMETOWN: San Jose, California
PRONOUNS: she/her/hers

I'm involved with civil engineer research in the Structures and Materials lab and Viterbi's Women in Engineering organization as Vice Chair. Outside of Viterbi, I'm apart of USC's The Women's Network and have interned with Valley Water in San Jose.

Mechanical Engineering

Peyton Erickson

Class of 2024
Ventura, California
she/her/hers

YEAR: Class of 2024
HOMETOWN: Ventura, California
PRONOUNS: she/her/hers

I'm involved with the W.V.T Rusch Honors Engineering Program along with being a member of the Grand Challenge Scholar Program and the Society of Women Engineers. I'm also a member of the 3D4E student organization. Outside of Viterbi, I am involved with the USC Women's soccer team as a manager and a member of SC Outfitters.

Chemical Engineering

Elena Ikeocha

Class of 2022
Townsend, Delaware
she/her/hers

YEAR: Class of 2022
HOMETOWN: Townsend, Delaware
PRONOUNS: she/her/hers

On-campus, I am an Executive House Manager for USC's Trojan Events Services and a member of USC's co-ed Professional Engineering Fraternity Theta Tau. I also love sport and am a part of the club field hockey and gold team. In terms of professional clubs, I am a member of AIChE.

Biomedical Engineering

Jordan Jennison

On campus, I'm part of officer council for the Society of Women Engineers as well as part of the Engineering Honors Program. Outside of Viterbi, I'm a part of USC Chamber Ballet, a freshman mentor through Trojan Scholar's Society and a USC Song Girl.

Industrial & Systems Engineering

Derek Jones

Class of 2022
Los Gatos, California
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YEAR: Class of 2022
HOMETOWN: Los Gatos, California
PRONOUNS: he/him/his

On campus I have conducted environmental engineering research on water distillation methods, and you can currently find me serving as Vice President of my social fraternity and playing on the club volleyball team.

Chemical Engineering

Gus Lanser

Class of 2022
Florianópolis, Brazil
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YEAR: Class of 2022
HOMETOWN: Florianópolis, Brazil
PRONOUNS: he/him/his

I am involved in community outreach through USC's American Institute of Chemical Engineer's K-12 Outreach initiative and the Engineers Without Borders international project in Bolivia. Beyond Viterbi, I am the President of the Brazilian Student Association, a Supplemental Instructor for MATH 226, and a Resident Assistant @ McCarthy Honors College.

Civil Engineering

Natalie Le

Class of 2023
San Diego, California
she/her/hers

YEAR: Class of 2023
HOMETOWN: San Diego, California
PRONOUNS: she/her/hers

On campus I am involved in various Civil clubs like Construction Management, Earth Engineering Research, and Society of Civil Engineers. Outside of engineering I work a part time job in the Office of Admissions.

Computer Engineering & Computer Science

Paul Lepe

Class of 2022
El Paso, Texas
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YEAR: Class of 2022
HOMETOWN: El Paso, Texas
PRONOUNS: he/him/his

On campus I have conducted cybersecurity reseach in the STEEL: Security Research Lab and in the Rossier School of Education. I am also involved in the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers as the Vice President of Membership.

Electrical & Computer Engineering

Emily London

Class of 2023
Mclean, Virginia
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YEAR: Class of 2023
HOMETOWN: Mclean, Virginia
PRONOUNS: she/her/hers

On campus, I am the director of outreach for USC Makers, conduct research for the Human-Robot Interaction Lab, and am a course producer for EE109. Outside of Viterbi, I am minoring in cultural diplomacy.

Mechanical Engineering

Steven Louis

Class of 2022
Coto de Caza, California
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YEAR: Class of 2022
HOMETOWN: Coto de Caza, California
PRONOUNS: he/him/his

At USC, I’m the President of 3D4E (3D Printing club) and part of the USC Surf Team. I’ve also worked in both automation and product design through summer internships. I love designing and working on at-home projects.

Civil Engineering

Christopher Meany

Class of 2022
Woodland Hills, California
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YEAR: Class of 2022
HOMETOWN: Woodland Hills, California
PRONOUNS: he/him/his

On campus I am part of the CMAA's Design Build Team as well as the Structural Captain for the USC Student Chapter of EERI. Outside of Viterbi, I am part of the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity and enjoy swimming and going to the beach in my free time!

Environmental Engineering

Olivia Morse

Class of 2022
Danville, California
she/her/hers

YEAR: Class of 2022
HOMETOWN: Danville, California
PRONOUNS: she/her/hers

I'm on the E-Board of USC's chapter of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists, and I'm also involved in the Society of Women in Engineering and American Society of Civil Engineering. I am also a member of Greek life.

Industrial and Systems Engineering

Maya Neuenschwander

Class of 2024
Hudson, Wisconsin
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YEAR: Class of 2024
HOMETOWN: Hudson, Wisconsin
PRONOUNS: she/her/hers
Mechanical Engineering

Mark Parent

Class of 2022
Diamond Bar, California
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YEAR: Class of 2022
HOMETOWN: Diamond Bar, California
PRONOUNS: he/him/his

On campus, I am part of the National Society of Black Engineers and was a Resident Assistant for the McCarthy Honors College. I have also conducted research in the Immersive Audio Lab and have a Sports Business & Management Minor!

Mechanical Engineering

Victoria Pinkett

Class of 2024
Inglewood, California
she/her/hers

YEAR: Class of 2024
HOMETOWN: Inglewood, California
PRONOUNS: she/her/hers

I'm a member of Regional Executive Board for the National Society of Black Engineer's Region VI. On campus, I am also involved in USC Makers.

Biomedical Engineering

Emily Powis

Class of 2022
Denver, Colorado
she/her/hers

YEAR: Class of 2022
HOMETOWN: Denver, Colorado
PRONOUNS: she/her/hers

Within Viterbi I conduct research in 3D ultrasound development and assist with teaching EE 202L, Linear Circuits. Outside of engineering, I compete and train with the SC Climbing Team, guide outdoor trips with SC Outfitters, volunteer as an Emergency Medical Technician with EMSC, help provide mentorship for K-12 students as a counselor in Troy Camp, and coach Special Olympics.

Industrial & Systems Engineering

Alexandra Rennie

Class of 2022
Palos Verdes, California
she/her/hers

YEAR: Class of 2022
HOMETOWN: Palos Verdes, California
PRONOUNS: she/her/hers

On campus I am the current captain of the USC Spirit Leaders, an ambassador for the Wrigley Institute of Sustainability, and a member of Greek Life.

Computer Science/Business Administration

Jevon Torres

Class of 2024
Mount Laurel, New Jersey
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YEAR: Class of 2024
HOMETOWN: Mount Laurel, New Jersey
PRONOUNS: he/him/his

On campus I am involved with our National Society of Black Engineers chapter, as well as Black Student Assembly. Outside of class, I love photography, music production and talking about movies!

Industrial & Systems Engineering

Mahima Varanasi

Class of 2022
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
she/her/hers

YEAR: Class of 2022
HOMETOWN: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
PRONOUNS: she/her/hers

On campus I am part of OWN IT, a women's leadership team who plans an annual summit based on amazing women helping each other out. Outside of Viterbi, I am involved in political campaigns.

Biomedical Engineering

Neha Yadav