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Shana Douglas
B.S. Mechanical Engineering, 2018

“My passion is volunteering and inspiring the future generation to go into STEM fields. I’m so happy to be apart of a school that shares those values.”

Yannis Yortsos

“The new face of engineering is not that of Dilbert in the cartoons. It is the face of bright women and men, spanning societal, racial and ethnic divides. Diversity is not a political slogan, it is an essential ingredient for innovation.”

Tajinder Singh
M.S. Computer Science, 2016

“I have met people from all around the world, worked with them and listened to their point of view and realized how one small point can be looked at through so many different angles.”

Rhea Choudhury
B.S. Biomedical Engineering, 2019

“At USC Viterbi, I’ve already discovered a new sport, conducted engineering research abroad and explored all over LA with some of the most diverse people I’ve ever met, just in my first three semesters alone.”

Rebecca Peer
Ph.D. Environmental Engineering, 2018

“I have felt encouraged to strive for truly unique and scientifically relevant research with the support of my fellow students, my advisor, and my Engineering department.”

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USC Viterbi’s AeroDesign Team: A winning history - Faculty advisor Charles Radovich recounts his favorite competitions
“One of the most powerful student-built engines in the world” - The student-led USC Liquid Propulsion Lab teams up with Japan's Kyushu Institute of Technology to build and launch a liquid rocket
Combating eye injuries with a reversible superglue seal - Scientists and engineers at USC develop an on-the-spot, temperature-sensitive gel that could seal eye injuries on the battlefield
A Clear Trajectory - Sophie Pepin breaks expectations by taking an early swing at the petroleum industry
NAE President C.D. Mote, Jr. on Understanding and Executing Leadership - This year's keynote Dorman Lecture, hosted by the Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, was given by National Academy of Engineering (NAE) President C.D. Mote, Jr.
Making Facebook Faster - In 2016, Facebook gave Brandon Schlinker a fellowship. In 2017, he and new fellow finalist Yi-Ching Chiu are making the network faster than ever.
USC Viterbi Researchers Design Thermal ‘Skin’ to Maintain Temperature of Satellites - VO2 coated silicon material designed in collaboration with Northrop Grumman performs 20 times better than current semiconductors
A Time for Disruption? Why We’re All Batty Over Bitcoin - Due to overwhelming demand, USC offers its second course on the technology behind cryptocurrency that's changing the way the world does business