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2014 Dean's Report - Building an Ecosystem of Innovation in Southern California






The USC Viterbi School of Engineering promotes, encourages, and nurtures innovation of both its students and faculty. Student innovation is supported through the Viterbi Student Institute for Innovation (VSI2) which will offer educational programs, new venture creation support and networking opportunities to help cultivate the next gen engineering entrepreneur.

Viterbi faculty and their innovations are supported through the USC Stevens Center for Innovation which manages the intellectual property of the university. It is a USC faculty innovator’s first point of contact when interested in commercializing an invention.

See below for a full list of innovation activity related to USC Viterbi.

VSI2 - Viterbi Student Institute for Innovation
Inspires, educates, supports and mentors students

NSF I-Corps – Innovation Node – Los Angeles (IN-LA)
USC is proud to be the only school in the country to host both a Site and a Node in the National Innovation Network, funded in part by the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (“I-Corps”) Program to accelerate translation of innovation to the marketplace. In a novel collaboration between USC, Caltech, and UCLA, IN-LA offers programs to educate university engineers and scientists in innovation and customer discovery, with programs that help teams qualify for $50,000 NSF grant.

NSF I-Corps – USC Site
The I-Corps Site provides funding for university entrepreneurs to launch customer discovery training through internal programs.

Viterbi Startup Garage
A 12 week technology accelerator / incubator program

MEPC - Maseeh Entrepreneurship Prize Competition
An annual business plan competition supported by the Maseeh endowment

The USC Coulter Translational Research Partnership Program supports and funds translational projects that focus on applying developed technologies to solve an unmet or under-served clinical need.

The Alfred E. Mann Institute for Biomedical Engineering (AMI) was established as a non-profit organization to bridge the gap between biomedical invention and the creation of commercially successful medical products that improve and save lives.

HTE@USC - Health, Technology and Engineering
An interdisciplinary program between USC Viterbi and the USC Keck School of Medicine that augments the training of select doctors and engineers through project-focused collaboration