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.
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:
Providing real-time information to help multiple agencies to better serve the homeless in a time of need
Creating a site that gathers resources for the hungry and homeless all in one place
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:
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.
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 Instituteis 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.
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.