As I sit in LAX waiting to board my flight to London for the Global Grand Challenges Summit (tune in next week for an update), I finally have a chance to take a step back and realize what an awesome past week this has been/how awesome the rest of the semester will be. This past week really encapsulated everything that Viterbi and USC as a whole has to offer.
Besides my usual engineering classes of mechoptronics, heat transfer, power systems, and software design for electrical engineers, this week had several interesting events outside of the direct scope of Viterbi. On Tuesday I had the pleasure of attending a Lunch & Learn event through the USC Society and Business Lab. The subject of the event was Rural Healthcare technology and the featured speaker was Josh Nesbit, the CEO of a healthcare tracking company called Medic Mobile.
The presentation was outstanding and the speaker touched on both the technological advances that his company has made as well as the business strategies that they have taken to allow their company to succeed. It was great viewing what he had to say through the lens of engineering while also being able to hear feedback and questions from the business and global health students who also populated the event. The USC Marshall School of Business along with the other schools at USC put on fantastic events such as this throughout the year, and it’s easy to miss these if you’re not paying attention as an engineer.
Additionally, this week I officially accepted my offer for the Summer Undergraduate Laboratory Internship program at Argonne National Laboratory through the Department of Energy. After being unsure of whether I wanted to stay at USC and do research or accept the position at the lab in Chicago, I was able to meet with both my freshman academy professor as well as my research professor that I currently work under. Both professors were beyond helpful and provided me with greater guidance than I could have ever asked for. The professors here are seriously fantastic and this experience further bolstered my respect and appreciation for the top-notch faculty that USC employs. Without them, I would have faced a much more difficult decision alone.
Well, my flight is about to board so I better go! Come back next week for a recap of the event as well as a blurb on why I chose USC. Oh and super randomly but my high school won state in hockey and I gotta give em a shout out. Go SLUH!