On Monday, May 3, the USC Viterbi School of Engineering celebrated the achievements of its graduate students at the 2021 USC Viterbi Master’s Student Awards. The virtual ceremony recognized students across all eight USC Viterbi departments for their excellence in academics, research and service.
Nora Sandoval, the director of master’s student affairs, served as the emcee for the event. She kicked off the evening congratulating students for “fighting on” through the challenges and obstacles they’ve faced over the course of the last year. Kelly Goulis, the USC Viterbi senior associate dean of admission and student engagement, spoke next, welcoming students, families, friends and USC Viterbi faculty.
“When we started this event just five years ago,” Goulis said, “I never would have imagined that we would be celebrating in your homes. However, with a virtual event, we are able to share this wonderful occasion with so many more families, friends and colleagues in the community. And in a virtual setting, everyone has a seat in the front row. That’s particularly wonderful because as your achievements are recognized, you all deserve to take center stage.”
The 2021 master’s graduating class is the most representative in Viterbi’s history, with 32 percent of graduates being women, and students hailing from 44 countries around the world.
USC Viterbi Dean Yannis C. Yortsos shared his optimism about science and engineering in the post coronavirus era. “If there is anything that we learned from this pandemic,” Yortsos said, “it is that only through science and engineering can we conquer future calamities, solve grand challenges and create a better world for all humanity.”
Over 140 attendees, including awardees, their families and friends, and USC Viterbi faculty, joined the ceremony to honor and recognize the impressive achievements of the graduating students.
Academic Excellence Award
Rocket Scientist of the Year Award
Outstanding Master’s Thesis Award
Academic Excellence and Service Award
Best Research Award
Excellence in Service and Achievement Award
Outstanding Academic Achievement Award
Master’s Student of the Year Award
David Rozenboim Sepulveda
Master’s Student Achievement Award
Maria Herrera Leos
Outstanding Mentor Award
Agam Ketan Shah