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Student Organizations

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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.

2013-2014 Viterbi Presidents Council

Viterbi-Affiliated Student Organizations

3D4E   Email
AeroDesign Team (ADT) Website Email
Advanced Persistent Threat (APT)    
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) Website Email
Associated General Contractors (AGC)   Email
Associated Students of Biomedical Engineering (ASBME) Website Email
Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Website Email
Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) Website Email
Bringing Youth Tech Education (BYTE)   Email
Chi Epsilon *Civil Engineering Honor Society* Website Email
Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) Website Email
Corpus Callosum Website 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 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) Website Email
Korean Scientists and Engineers Association (KSEA) Website Email
LavaLab Website Email
Makers of Entertaining Games Association Website 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
Sigma Gamma Tau *Aerospace Engineering Honor Society*
  Email
Sigma Phi Delta  Website Email
Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) Website Email
Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Website Email
Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Website Email
Startup Equinox 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 Racing - Formula SAE Team (FSAE) Website Email
USC Rocket Lab  Website Email
USC Rocket Society    
Viterbi Graduate Student Association Website Email
Women in Computing (WIC) Website Email


Viterbi Affiliated Student Organization Descriptions

 

3D4E

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.

 

Advanced Persistent Threat (APT)

APT creates a learning environment for postsecondary and college students to develop technical skills and a security mindset. In addition, APT strives to provide hands-on opportunities for members to utilize what they have learned to improve existing systems within the community. APT aims to promote a sense of civic, ethical, and leadership responsibilities amongst its members and its clients.  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 General Contractors (AGC)

The University of Southern California chapter of AGC (AGC-USC) provides students with the resources they need to prepare for a profession in the construction industry, connects with professionals within the construction realm to help members of AGC-USC prepare for a construction career, and promotes the concept of community involvement through philanthropic events related to building a brighter future in all areas of the world. 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 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.

 

Bringing Youth Tech Education (BYTE)

Bringing Youth Tech Education works to teach junior high school students the basics of computer hardware and coding. Our goal is to encourage our students to pursue a career in computer science or STEM fields and give them practical tools to become informed tech consumers. 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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Illumin

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.

 

LavaLab

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.

 

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 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 is a non-profit educational and service organization of both women and men engineers. SWE’s objectives include: informing young women, their parents, counselors, and the general public of the qualifications and achievements of women engineers and the opportunities open to them; assisting women in readying themselves for a return to active work after temporary retirement; serving as a center of information on women in engineering; and encouraging women engineers to attain high levels of education and professional achievement. SWE’s mission is to help women achieve their full potential in their careers as engineers and leaders, expand the image of the engineering profession as a positive force in improving the quality of life, and demonstrate the value of diversity. 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 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.

 

Viterbi Graduate Student Association

The purpose of the VGSA is to provide a forum to promote interaction among the graduate students of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, and whenever possible, to address students' needs and concerns. Every graduate student in the USC Viterbi School of Engineering is a member of VGSA. Membership is free and automatic. VGSA sponsors and organizes an engineering orientation, specifically for Viterbi graduate students, an VGSA Banquet during Engineering Week (E-Week) and other department specific events. Return to top. 

 

Women in Computing (WIC)

USC Women in Computing is a student organization that aims to make information that benefits women in computing readily available, in addition to hosting events such as tech talks, internship panels, industry recruiting events, mentoring, etc. We also aim to help provide a sense of community to women in computer science at USC. Return to top.