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The Impact of USC Viterbi

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The Impact of USC Viterbi

The USC Viterbi School of Engineering is internationally recognized for creating new models of education, research and commercialization that are firmly rooted in real world needs. The school’s first priorities are the education of our outstanding students and the pursuit and publication of new research.

USC Viterbi students and faculty address challenges from the local to global scale. Below are just a few issues that our students and faculty members are currently working on to apply classroom knowledge to solve real-world problems.

      1)  Finding Solutions to the Global Refugee Crisis

USC students are traveling to refugee camps in Greece to apply engineering solutions for social good.  Through the USC Viterbi course, a first of its kind at USC, titled “Innovation in Engineering Design for Global Challenges”, 26 students from 7 different schools at USC are working on specific projects, products or services that address the needs of refugees and local communities caught up in the crisis.  Ideas include improved sanitation, shelters, innovations to address the mental health and wellbeing of children in camps, local empowerment, education, and access to information and security.

Click on the video above to learn more about what our students and faculty are doing at the refugee camp.


      2)  Working to End Hunger and Homelessness 

Over the last year, USC Viterbi faculty and students have been working on ways to help combat hunger and homelessness in Southern California by: 

  1. Providing real-time information to help multiple agencies to better serve the homeless in a time of need                                                                     
  2. Creating a site that gathers resources for the hungry and homeless all in one place  
  3. Helping to improve services for those who have nowhere else to turn

Read more about the development of an app, a website and the research our students are doing to help alleviate and solve these problems:

USC’s Digital Health Labs App Helps to Combat Homelessness in Southern California Through Collaboration and Communication -  

USC Viterbi Student Builds Website to Help Provide Invaluable Information to the Hidden Hungry and Homeless Population at USC -

Viterbi Students Offering Solutions to a Local Provider of Homeless Services to Improve Operations -


      3)  USC Viterbi Students are Applying Classroom Knowledge to Make Space History

Fifteen years after their formation, the USC Rocket Propulsion Laboratory (RPL) Team made history as the first student group to launch the first student-designed and built rocket past the Kármán line (the border between the Earth's atmosphere and outer space) and be recovered from space. 

Click on the video above to watch the RPL Team make history!

Read more about RPL’s history making event at


      4)  Cancer Development Research

At the USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience (MCCB), faculty and students are discovering new frontiers in medicine and health.  Interdisciplinary teams are working together to better understand health and to develop new life-saving devices and therapeutics.

The Bridge Institute is one of the research centers within MCCB that brings together leaders in chemistry, biology, medicine, mathematics, engineering, physics and nanoscience — as well as experts in such areas as animation and cinematography — to build the first atomic resolution structure of the human body.

Development of this model will speed up the creation and implementation of therapies and cures for a range of diseases and conditions.

The institute unites professors from the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, the Keck School of Medicine of USC, as well as animators and cinematographers from the USC School of Cinematic Arts and the USC Institute for Creative Technologies, and technology transfer experts from the USC Center for Innovation.


      5)  Innovation and Entrepreneurship

In 2008, the National Academy of Engineering created the NAE Grand Challenges addressing challenges in energy, health, safety, education and environment.  Using these challenges, USC Viterbi benefactor Fariborz Maseeh, created the Maseeh Entrepreneurship Prize Competition (MEPC) to inspire our innovators to lead these transformations.

Click on the video above to learn more about how Viterbi students use their passions to tackle some of the most pressing issues of the world.


The Impact of USC Viterbi Donors

Every day, our students and faculty are working hard to solve problems on both a local and global scale.  By making a gift today in support of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, whether to the Engineering Innovation Fund (our unrestricted fund that supports the areas of greatest need), or to a specific department or program within USC Viterbi, or to our Student Projects Fund, you will be allowing our faculty and students to continue the life-changing research and projects they are currently working on by providing them with the tools they need to change engineering for the better, for the world and for mankind.  Every dollar makes a difference—whether it goes to student scholarships, research equipment, current and future talented engineering faculty or the advancement and upgrading of engineering classrooms and laboratories, your gift will help our school advance its mission by creating and nurturing our Trojan engineers. 

Thank you for your consideration in making a gift in support of our students and school.