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As a Viterbi student, your experience is heightened with active participation in student organizations!

The USC Office of Campus Activities maintains information regarding university-wide student organizations. Below is a listing of current Viterbi-affiliated student organizations, designed to enhance your undergraduate and graduate years of study at USC. Visit their websites or contact them by email for more information on how to join these organizations.

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Viterbi-Affiliated Student Organizations

3D4E Website Email
AeroDesign Team (ADT) Website Email
Alpha Omega Epsilon (AOE) Website Email
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Website Email
American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AICHE) Website Email
American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Website Email
American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)   Email
Associated Students of Biomedical Engineering (ASBME) Website Email
Association of Chinese Students in Engineering (ACSE)    
Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Website Email
Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) Website Email
Chi Epsilon *Civil Engineering Honor Society* Website  
Code the Change
Website Email
Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) Website Email
Corpus Callosum   Email
Design for America - USC   Email
Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) Website Email
Engineers Without Borders (EWB) Website Email
Eta Kappa Nu (HKN) *Electrical Engineering Honor Society*   Email
Girls in Tech (GIT) Website Email
HackSC Website Email
Hyperloop at USC Website Email
Illumin  Website Email
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Website Email
Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) Website Email
Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE)   Email
Korean Scientists and Engineers Association (KSEA) Website Email
LavaLab Website Email
LATCH   Email
Minority Engineering Graduate Association (MEGA) Website Email
National Organization for Business and Engineering (NOBE) Website Email
National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Website Email
Pi Tau Sigma *Mechanical Engineering Honor Society*
Website Email
Queers in Science Engineering and Technology (QuEST)    Email
Sigma Eta Pi Website Email
Sigma Gamma Tau *Aerospace Engineering Honor Society*
Sigma Phi Delta  Website Email
Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) Website Email
Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) Website Email
Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Website Email
Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Website Email
Spark SC Website Email
Special Interest Group on Graphics (SIGGRAPH) Website Email
Tau Beta Pi (TBP) *All Engineering Honor Society* Website Email
USC Aerial Robotics  Website Email
USC Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Team  Website Email
USC eSports Website Email
USC Human Powered Design Team   Email
USC Racing - Formula SAE Team (FSAE) Website Email
USC Rocket Lab  Website Email
USC Rocket Society    
USC Solar Car Team Website Email
Viterbi Plus Website Email
Women in Computing (WIC)  Website Email

Viterbi-Affiliated Student Organization Descriptions



3D4E is committed to realizing the ideas of individuals and creating tangible dreams of them through application of 3D printing, modeling, and building. 3D4E solves the problem of interdisciplinary collaboration through focused projects. Return to top.


AeroDesign Team (ADT)

The AeroDesign Team works to design, fabricate, and demonstrate the flight capabilities of an unmanned, electric powered, radio controlled aircraft in the annual AIAA/Cessna/Raytheon Design Build Fly competition. Return to top.


Alpha Omega Epsilon (AOE)

AOE is a professional and social sorority for female engineering and science undergraduate students. AOE works to advance the careers and education of women in engineering and science, and to promote a friendly, warm atmosphere. Return to top.


American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)

AIAA furthers the purposes and programs of the American Institute of Aernautics and Astronautics national organization at USC. Return to top.


American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AICHE)

AIChE is a non-profit organization providing leadership to the Chemical Engineering profession. AIChE provides forums to advance the theory and practice of the profession, upholds high professional standards and ethics, and supports excellence in education. Institute members range from undergraduate students to entry-level engineers to chief executive officers of major corporations. Return to top.


American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

ASCE is a professional society dedicated to the advancement of science and engineering, specifically in the fields of Civil and Environmental Engineering. USC’s student chapter is the first step in a lifetime membership in the organization. ASCE exposes students to the civil engineering industry and informs students about related opportunities through guest lecturers; social activities; field trips; and the annual design, construction, and competition of projects like the concrete canoe and steel bridge. Any Civil or Environmental Engineering student enrolled at USC can join the student chapter. Return to top.


American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

ASME is dedicated to promoting and enhancing the technical competency and professional well-being of its members. They conduct one of the world’s largest technical publishing operations, hold 30 technical conferences and 200 professional development courses each year, and set many industrial and manufacturing standards. Founded in 1880 as the American Society of Engineers, today, ASME International is a non-profit educational and technical organization serving a worldwide membership. Return to top. 


Associated Students of Biomedical Engineering (ASBME)

ASBME functions as a bridge-builder between students, faculty, and industry. The organization arranges tours of Southern California biomedical l companies and research institutes devoted to medical technology; sponsors on-campus presentations by alumni and industry speakers; enhances student life with fun social events like beach trips, movie nights, and barbecues; and promotes faculty-student- industry interaction with events such as the annual BME Corporate Dinner. Return to top.



Association of Chinese Students in Engineering (ACSE)

The purpose of ACSE is to prepare scientists, engineers and technologists for success in the global business world, celebrate diversity on campuses and in the workplace, and to provide opportunities for members to make contributions to their local communities. ACSE membership is open to men and women of all ethnic backgrounds. Return to top.


Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)

Founded in 1947, ACM is the world’s first educational and scientific computing society. Today, their members (over 80,000 computing professionals and students world-wide, and the public) turn to ACM for authoritative publications, pioneering conferences, and visionary leadership for the new millennium. Return to top.


Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI)

AAAI members are passionate, eager, and excited about artificial intelligence — and about strengthening its ties to the community at USC and in the surrounding area. They pursue these goals through academic enrichment, corporate networking, expansion of technical expertise, social engagement, and philanthropic outreach events. Return to top.


Chi Epsilon *Civil Engineering Honor Society*

Chi Epsilon is designed to recognize scholarship, character, practicality, and sociability. Members must be Civil Engineering majors and have a GPA in the upper third of their junior or senior class. Return to top.


Code the Change

Digital technologies can empower nonprofits and social enterprises now more than ever before. However, non-profits and social enterprises often don't have the resources to hire technical experts. Code the Change produces free digital products for non-profits and social enterprises, helping these organizations increase their impact through technology. In the process, Code the Change gives student developers the opportunity to use their skills for social change. Return to top.


Construction Management Association of America (CMAA)

The purpose of USC-CMAA is to promote professionalism and excellence in construction management by encouraging student participation in the Southern California CMAA, promote interaction between students, alumni, and industry professionals, and provide exposure to important topics and issues in construction management. USC-CMAA is open to all those interested in the field of construction and construction management. Undergraduate and graduate students in construction, engineering, business, real estate, architecture, and other related disciplines are welcome. Return to top.


Corpus Callosum

Corpus Callosum aims to encourage cooperation between Artists, Engineers, and all other creative types through group projects, design competitions, workshops and industry speakers. Return to top.


Design for America - USC

As a platform for interdisciplinary innovation and social impact, Design for America at USC applies design thinking to social issues within the local community. DFA at USC is a community of problem-solvers, artists, do-gooders, and team players striving to create impact and improve the world around them. Engineers working alongside journalists and business strategists and artists – with a foundation in interdisciplinary collaboration, Design for America supports the USC culture of innovation, tech, and entrepreneurship as a member organization of Spark SC. Return to top.


Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI)

The objective of the EERI USC Student Chapter is to promote the study and practice of earthquake engineering, science, planning and policy, by improving inter-disciplinary communication and raising community awareness about the dangers of earthquakes and methods to mitigate their effects. Return to top.


Engineers Without Borders (EWB)

The USC Chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB-USC) partners with developing communities to improve their quality of life through the implementation of environmentally sustainable, equitable, and economical engineering projects while developing socially and environmentally conscious engineering students. EWB USC offers the opportunity to enhance many attributes critical to successful engineering practice, including team work, problem solving, and creativity. Furthermore, EWB-USC allows undergraduate Trojan engineers to utilize and expand their engineering skills for a meaningful, moral purpose. Return to top.


Eta Kappa Nu (HKN) *Electrical Engineering Honor Soceity*

Eta Kappa Nu is the honor society for students, faculty, and practicing engineers. It is open to students in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering/Computer Science, and Biomedical-Electrical Engineering. Members are in the upper one-fourth of their junior class or upper one-third of their senior class. The goal of the USC chapter of Eta Kappa Nu is to network its members with its close industry relations and to prepare its members to be technological leaders. Return to top.


Girls in Tech

The purpose of this organization is to empower, educate, and mentor female college students interested in entering the technology field. The goal of the program is to create excitement about the industry and encourage those college and university students considering a career in technology to pursue their ambition and meet like-minded women in industry. Return to top.


The purpose of this organization is to explroe and promote academic and career issues related to technology entrepreneurship as well as the maker movement, and to thelp those interested in the field to get to know one another better outside the classroom and laboratory. Return to top.

Hyperloop at USC

Hyperloop at USC is USC's SpaceX Hyperloop Pod competition team.  Hyperloop at USC aims to bring about a new era of fast and sustainable transportation by developing Elon Musk's Hyperloop concept and sharing its design with the world. Return to top.


Illumin is an online magazine dedicated to exploring the science and technology behind the things we encounter every day featuring the work of talented USC undergraduate engineers along with submissions from universities across the nation. These articles relate the far-reaching impact of the engineering profession and provide a broader view of the socio-economic and political implications of rapid technological change. Illumin's core team is composed of students who edit and format papers for the online medium. Our staff also includes a web developer and multimedia guru. We interview for open staffing positions every Spring. Return to top.


Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers is one of the world’s most prominent professional Engineering societies. The IEEE (“eye-triple-E”) helps advance global prosperity by promoting the engineering process of creating, developing, integrating, sharing, and applying knowledge about electrical and information technologies and sciences for the benefit of humanity and the profession. The USC IEEE Student Branch shares a vision of creating an engineering community which promotes both intellectual and social growth for students. The organization achieves this goal by sponsoring various activities that allow for greater interaction among the engineering student body. Return to top.


Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE)

USC IIE works with its members to enhance their experience as students at the University of Southern California. IIE strives to bring its members opportunities which provide them with valuable experiences, skills, and a familiarity with Industrial Engineering and related professions. Attending IIE Conferences and Seminars keeps students current on the latest trends and technologies. Student members also receive a free subscription to the award-winning Industrial Engineer magazine, an industry-leading source of information about new technologies, business trends, industry news, and people of interest to the IE profession. Return to top.


Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE)

USC Institute of Transportation Engineers, USC ITE, provides students with opportunities in and out of engineering to learn more about the transportation field, attend transportation related field trips, and network with industry professionals. In the past, we have hosted several speakers from private firms and public agencies such as Port of Long Beach, Stantec Consulting, HDR, Metro and City of Pasadena’s Department of Transportation to speak to our members during our meetings.  We also participated at the annual Southern California Traffic Bowl and took home a top prize at the ITE Student Presentation Night. Return to top.


Korean Scientists and Engineers Association (KSEA)

KSEA explores and promotes academic and career issues related to the field of science and engineering, and helps those interested in the field to get to know one another better outside the classroom and laboratory. Return to top.



The purpose of this organization is to provide pro bono technical consulting services and philanthropy to local businesses and organizations. Return to top.



The mission of LavaLab is to give students the know-how, resources and connections they need to successfully bring their ideas to market. LavaLab will exist as a hands-on transdisciplinary student-run organization that aims to develop practical, profitable and responsible solutions to real world problems. As a USC recognized student organization, we strive to create a community of collaboration among our membership, and seek to educate our greater USC community by promoting entrepreneurial and innovative thinking. Return to top.


Makers of Entertaining Games Association

The Makers of Entertaining Games Association (MEGA) is a student run organization which strives to promote and facilitate the art of game creation within the University of Southern California. We are a community of students from many disciplines who meet at open weekly meetings, in which members share information on current projects, discuss relevant news, and host guest speakers from all corners of the industry. Return to top.


Minority Engineering Graduate Association (MEGA)

MEGA serves to unite minority graduate engineering students and provide them with an environment to enhance their academic, professional, and social involvement. MEGA organizes networking events, professional conferences, community services events, game nights, and more! Return to top.


National Organization for Business and Engineering (NOBE)

NOBE USC is the University of Southern California Chapter of the National Organization for Business and Engineering (NOBE), a national society uniting business, management and engineering organizations from universities coast to coast. NOBE strives to produce and refine leadership internally and develop professional skills in our members that can be translated into success in the business world. Return to top.


National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)

NSBE’s purpose is to increase the number of culturally responsible Black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally, and positively impact the community. NSBE works to increase the number of minority students studying engineering at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. NSBE encourages members to seek advanced degrees in engineering or related fields and to obtain professional engineering registrations. New and innovative project ideas are generated and implemented throughout the year. Return to top.


Pi Tau Sigma *Mechanical Engineering Honor Society*

Pi Tau Sigma is the designated honor society for Mechanical Engineering students. The qualifications for membership require to student to have a minimum 3.0 cumulative gpa and a 3.0 GPA in Mechanical Engineering. Return to top.


Queers in Science Engineering and Technology

Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics is a national LGBTQ-affirming organization that aims to provide services and support for students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and to create a dynamic network between students and professionals in industry and academia. Return to top.


Sigma Eta Pi

Sigma Eta Pi is dedicated to developing human potential by transforming individuals into pioneers who follow their passion, establishing lasting relationships between young professionals, and creating opportunities through innovative pursuits. Return to top.


Sigma Gamma Tau *Aerospace Engineering Honor Society*

This honor society recognizes achievement and excellence in the Aerospace Engineering field. Members must have completed at least three semesters of work towards the BSAE degree and must be in the upper one-third of the senior class, upper one-fourth of the junior class, or upper one-fifth of the sophomore class with at least a B average. Return to top.


Sigma Phi Delta 

Sigma Phi Delta (SPD) prides itself upon being 'The Premier International Fraternity of Engineers’. The Alpha Chapter, established at USC in 1924, is very active within the Viterbi School of Engineering. The brotherhood works to prepare its members for both Academic and Professional challenges, and each member strives for the promotion of the Engineering Profession. Through active participation and strong core values, Sigma Phi Delta men have established themselves as outstanding members of society and the engineering community. Return to top.


Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)

SHPE was established at USC in 1974. As one of the first three chapters nationwide, SHPE-USC has grown into a legacy of successful professionals and prominent leaders in society. SHPE is the leading social-technical organization whose primary function is to enhance and achieve the potential of Hispanics in engineering, math and science. SHPE promotes the development of Hispanics in engineering, science and other technical professions to achieve educational excellence, economic opportunity and social equity. SHPE-USC offers students counseling and tutoring services. Professional contacts are offered through tours, speakers, seminars, and interviews. SHPE provides students a unique social atmosphere that brings a better cultural understanding among students. Return to top.


Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE)

The purpose of SMPTE is to explore and promote academic and career issues related to the engineering field of entertainment industry, and to help those interested in the field to get to know one another better outside the classroom and laboratory. Return to top.


Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE)

SPE provides a worldwide forum for the exchange of technology to meet the world’s energy needs both today and in the future. SPE members from every oil and gas-producing region share their knowledge and experience through SPE conferences and exhibitions, workshops, journals and books, short courses, and section meetings. Becoming a member of SPE gives you new opportunities to benefit from this worldwide exchange of ideas and to become a contributor to the profession through the Society’s programs and activities. Return to top.


Society of Women Engineers (SWE)

The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) is a professional organization that unites both women and men in engineering to successfully network, give back to the community, and make lasting connections. SWE is both a nationally and internationally recognized association, providing members with access to career tools, academic scholarships, industrial opportunities, and mentors within your field. The USC chapter of SWE prides itself on being the largest women-focused organization within Viterbi, creating an on-campus network of women engineers in addition to the international one. We hold numerous professional, social, and community outreach events during the year, some of which can be seen on our website (sweusc.com). Membership is open to both women and men in engineering, regardless of graduate or undergraduate status. Return to top.


Spark SC

Spark SC ignites innovation by empowering students to develop their entrepreneurial potential and by fostering collaboration within the USC and Los Angeles community. Return to top.


Special Interest Group on Graphics (SIGGRAPH)

The purpose of the USC SIGGRAPH student chapter is to promote the generation and dissemination of information on computer graphics and interactive techniques in an academically-driven community. We aim to provide undergraduate and graduate students with a community in which they can expose themselves to the creative and computational aspects of whatever it is they aspire to achieve during their careers as students and later during their careers in the workforce. Return to top.

Startup Equinox

Startup Equinox connects entrepreneurs and innovators to build amazing things! Los Angeles is becoming a hot bed of innovation and entrepreneurial energy, but ideas and energy often don’t translate to startups. It takes a diverse team to build a successful startup. Startup Equinox is a cross-functional event bringing together entrepreneurs and university students from the greater Los Angeles Area. Founders, entrepreneurs, and students from schools including USC, UCLA, and Cal Tech connect, share their business ideas, and offer expertise in areas such as marketing, design, finance, and engineering. Return to top.


Tau Beta Pi (TBP) *All Engineering Honor Society*

Tau Beta Pi is a nation-wide engineering honor society open to all engineering majors. TBP is interested in the academic, social, and ethical development of its members. Members must be in the top one-eighth of the junior class and the top one-fifth of the senior class. There is also a community service requirement for membership in TBP. Recent projects include: Friends and Neighbors Day, Spirits in Action, Shed 2K Day, and volunteering at the California Science Center. Return to top.


USC Aerial Robotics 

The focus of USC Aerial Robotics (USCAR) is to develop and expand the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) industry while competing in the International Aerial Robotics Competition (IARC). We design and build a commercial-grade, autonomous quadcopter, capable of performing demanding tasks in undefined environments. Return to top.


USC Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Team 

The USC Autonomous Underwater Vehicle team is committed to the design, construction, and control of a fully functional autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV). Our undergraduate student design team participates annually in the International Robosub Competition, which challenges top universities from around the world to create and program autonomous underwater vehicles capable of completing a variable series of tasks. USC AUV is a student-run organization with software, electrical, mechanical and administrative subteams. Together we work to develop cutting-edge hardware and software for our AUV while providing a unique and rewarding experience for every member. Return to top.



USC eSports

The purpose of USC eSports is to build a casual and competitive gaming community where students, faculty, and locals can connect in a safe environment. This club aims to provide relevant, quality, and member focused meetings, events, and competitive experiences. Return to top.



USC Human Powered Design Team

The purpose of HPDT is to design and create a human powered vehicle to be entered into the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Human Powered Vehicle Challenge (ASME HPVC). Return to top.


USC Racing - Formula SAE Team (FSAE)

The USC Formula SAE team is an entirely student-run organization that designs, constructs, tests, & races high performance autocross racecars. The team is composed of both undergraduate and graduate students and is open to any major. We have members from all disciplines, material science, physics, business and cinema. Return to top.


USC Rocket Lab 

The USC Rocket Propulsion Lab is a group of largely undergraduate students ardently focused on pushing the state-of-the-art in rocket propulsion technology. Armed with determination and the goal of putting a scratch-built rocket into space, the students associated with this group spend their free time designing, building, and testing experimental rocketry and propulsion hardware both in the lab and at their Mojave test and launch site. Return to top.


USC Rocket Society

The mission of the University of Southern California Rocket Society is to foster interest and passion in amateur rocketry within the greater USC community. The Rocket Society is dedicated to creating a welcoming environment that values safety, collaboration, experimentation, and learning. The goal of the Rocket Society is to inspire and support its members in achieving their amateur rocketry aspirations and become a model for other collegiate amateur rocketry organizations. Return to top.


USC Solar Car Team

The purpose of this organization is to build and complete a solar powered car in various competitions around the world, promoting interdsciplinary education through cutting-edge, environmentally friendly engineering and entrepreneurial business needs. As a multifaceted team, SC/SC will be a joint project with students from, but not limited to the Marshall School of Business and the Viterbi School of Engineering combining aspects of management, science, and engineering. Return to top.


Viterbi Plus is intended for undergraduate engineering students with a desire to develop business acumen, refine professional skills, and explore career opportunities. The organization stands on three pillars: Explore, Acquire, Implement. Members will explore potential career opportunities through speakers from a variety of professions available to engineers including consulting, entrepreneurship, patent law, engineering management, research, venture capitalism, and finance.
Members will a cquire the professional skills needed to succeed in their careers through lessons from industry partners and interactive workshops that will facilitate sharing of experiences by members of all skill levels. Members will i mplement learned skills by working in multidisciplinary teams and engaging in events including case studies, social entrepreneurship challenges, and the NAE Grand Challenge.
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Women in Computing (WIC)

USC Women in Computing is a student organization that aims to provide a sense of community to women in Computer Science at USC. We make information that benefits women in computing readily available, in addition to hosting events such as tech talks, internship panels, and industry recruiting opportunities. Return to top.