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  • Seminars in Biomedical Engineering

    Mon, Sep 04, 2017 @ 12:30 PM - 01:50 PM

    Biomedical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: NO CLASS--LABOR DAY HOLIDAY, NO CLASS--LABOR DAY HOLIDAY

    Talk Title: NO CLASS--LABOR DAY HOLIDAY

    Host: Stacey Finley, PhD

    Location: Olin Hall of Engineering (OHE) - 122

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Mischalgrace Diasanta

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  • CS Colloquium: Ian Goodfellow (Google) - Generative Adversarial Networks

    Tue, Sep 05, 2017 @ 03:30 PM - 04:50 PM

    Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Ian Goodfellow, Google

    Talk Title: Generative Adversarial Networks

    Series: NVIDIA Distinguished Lecture Series in Machine Learning

    Abstract: This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Computer Science Research Colloquium.

    Generative adversarial networks (GANs) are machine learning models that are able to imagine new data, such as images, given a set of training data. They solve difficult approximate probabilistic computations using game theory. A generator network competes to fool a discriminator network in a game whose Nash equilibrium corresponds to recovering the probability distribution that generated the training data. GANs open many possibilities for machine learning algorithms.
    Rather than associating input values in the training set with specific output values, GANs are able to learn to evaluate whether a particular output was one of many potential acceptable outputs or not.

    Part of NVIDIA Distinguished Lecture Series in Machine Learning.


    Biography: Ian Goodfellow (PhD in machine learning, University of Montreal, 2014) is a research scientist at Google. His research interests include most deep learning topics, especially generative models and machine learning security and privacy. He invented generative adversarial networks, was an influential early researcher studying adversarial examples, and is the lead author of the MIT Press textbook Deep Learning (www.deeplearningbook.org). He runs the Self-Organizing Conference on Machine Learning, which was founded at OpenAI in 2016.

    Host: Yan Liu

    Location: Henry Salvatori Computer Science Center (SAL) - 101

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Computer Science Department

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  • Epstein Institute Seminar, ISE 651

    Tue, Sep 05, 2017 @ 03:30 PM - 04:50 PM

    Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Lijuan Xu, Sr. Quantitative Analyst, Google

    Talk Title: Being a Data Scientist in Tech

    Host: Prof. Qiang Huang

    More Information: September 5, 2017.pdf

    Location: Ethel Percy Andrus Gerontology Center (GER) - GER 206

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Grace Owh

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  • PhD Defense: Compression of Signal on Graphs with Application to Image and Video Coding

    Tue, Sep 05, 2017 @ 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Graph is a generic data structure that is useful in representing signals in various applications. In this thesis, we discuss several transform designs based on graph representation and the application in multimedia compression. Graphs can adapt to local characteristics, e.g. edges, and therefore provide more flexibilities than conventional transforms, e.g. Discrete Cosine Transform(DCT). A frequency interpretation for signal on graphs can be derived using Graph Fourier Transform (GFT). By properly adjusting the graph structure based on signal characteristics, GFT can provide compact representation even for signals with discontinuities. However, the transform requires high complexity in implementation, making it less applicable in signals of large size, e.g. video sequences. In our work, we develop a transform coding scheme based on a low complexity lifting transform on graphs. More specifically, we focus on two problems in the design of lifting transform, namely the design of bipartition and bipartite graph approximation. For the application, we consider two types of multimedia signals, including regular signals on 2D grid and signals that are irregularly distributed. For the former one, we consider the compression of intra-predicted video residuals. The data contain significant edge structures, which are difficult to be represented efficiently with existing transform coding standards. We also discuss different types of edge models for intra and inter-predicted video residuals in terms of the coding efficiency in GFT. For the other type of signal, we discuss the coding scheme for un-demosaicked light field images. Without demosaicking from the raw data captured using Color Filter Array (CFA) to full-color sub-aperture images, we can avoid large redundancies introduced from color interpolation. However, the pixels of each color channel will be distributed irregularly within each sub-aperture image, and therefore motivates the application of graph representation. A novel intra-prediction scheme and graph construction based on sparsely distributed pixels are proposed. Theoretical interpretation and comprehensive experimental results are presented for proposed methods.

    More Information: Yung-Hsuan Chao Seminar.pdf

    Location: Hughes Aircraft Electrical Engineering Center (EEB) - 248

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Gloria Halfacre

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  • Viterbi Progressive Degree Program Info Session

    Tue, Sep 05, 2017 @ 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Graduate Admission, Viterbi School of Engineering Student Affairs, Viterbi School of Engineering Student Organizations

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Interested in earning your MS from Viterbi?
    How about starting an MS degree during your senior year?
    The Viterbi Graduate Admission team is hosting a Progressive Degree information session!

    What are the details?
    When: Tuesday, September 5 at 5:00pm
    Where: RTH 211

    Who should attend?
    All undergraduate students thinking about pursuing an MS degree through USC.

    What is the Progressive Degree Program?
    The Progressive Degree Program (PDP) gives continuing USC undergraduates another path to earning a Master's degree from USC.

    The main advantages to a Progressive Degree are:
    1) Start graduate-level classes during your senior year
    2) Reduce the units required for a Master's Degree

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 211

    Audiences: Undergrad

    Posted By: Viterbi PDP

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  • Cookie Decorating with Alpha Omega Epsilon

    Tue, Sep 05, 2017 @ 07:00 PM - 07:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Organizations

    Student Activity


    Come and decorate cookies with the actives of Alpha Omega Epsilon while learning more about our sorority! This event is free :)

    Location: Grace Ford Salvatori Hall Of Letters, Arts & Sciences (GFS) - 109

    Audiences: Undergrad

    Posted By: Alpha Omega Epsilon USC

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  • Repeating EventMeet USC: Admission Presentation, Campus Tour, and Engineering Talk

    Wed, Sep 06, 2017

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Receptions & Special Events


    This half day program is designed for prospective freshmen and family members. Meet USC includes an information session on the University and the Admission process, a student led walking tour of campus, and a meeting with us in the Viterbi School. During the engineering session we will discuss the curriculum, research opportunities, hands-on projects, entrepreneurial support programs, and other aspects of the engineering school. Meet USC is designed to answer all of your questions about USC, the application process, and financial aid.

    Reservations are required for Meet USC. This program occurs twice, once at 8:30 a.m. and again at 12:30 p.m.

    Please make sure to check availability and register online for the session you wish to attend. Also, remember to list an Engineering major as your "intended major" on the webform!

    RSVP

    Location: Ronald Tutor Campus Center (TCC) - USC Admission Office

    Audiences: Prospective Freshmen & Family Members

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    Posted By: Viterbi Admission

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  • VIRTUAL Workshop: Writing Effective Resumes

    Wed, Sep 06, 2017 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Learn how to create a resume that will serve as the marketing tool that will get your foot inside industrys door!

    To access this virtual workshop, go to https://bluejeans.com/202113590 and log in with your netID and password.

    Location: ONLINE

    Audiences: All Viterbi Students

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • Sophomore Info Session

    Wed, Sep 06, 2017 @ 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Dear BSEE Sophomores,

    You're invited to Meet Your EE Dept. on Wed., Sept. 6 at 4:00 pm in EEB 248.

    Delve into the BSEE requirements, undergraduate research opportunities and graduate degrees - PDP and PhD (not too early!). Profs. Maby and Redekopp will be there to answer any questions you have about anything. Meet your advisors.

    See you then!

    EE Student Services

    Location: Hughes Aircraft Electrical Engineering Center (EEB) - 102

    Audiences: Undergrad

    Posted By: Benjamin Paul

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  • Northrop Grumman Corporation PhD and Master Student Resume Building Workshop

    Wed, Sep 06, 2017 @ 05:00 PM - 06:30 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    PhD and Master Student Resume Building Workshop.

    Location: Seeley G. Mudd Building (SGM) - 101

    Audiences: Viterbi PhD and Masters Students

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • Alpha Omega Epsilon Alumnae Dinner

    Wed, Sep 06, 2017 @ 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Organizations

    Student Activity


    Come meet some of Alpha Omega Epsilon's successful alumnae! We'll be having dinner off campus, and this is a great opportunity to figure out if A.O.E. is right for you! If you're interested in attending this event, please email our Vice President, Hannah Adams, at hannahad@usc.edu for more information.

    Location: Off Campus

    Audiences: Undergrad

    Posted By: Alpha Omega Epsilon USC

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  • Towards Accelerator-Rich Architectures and Systems

    Thu, Sep 07, 2017 @ 02:00 PM - 03:15 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Zhenman Fang, UCLA

    Talk Title: Towards Accelerator-Rich Architectures and Systems

    Abstract: With Intel's $16.7B acquisition of Altera and the deployment of FPGAs in major cloud service providers including Microsoft and Amazon, we are entering a new era of customized computing. In future architectures and systems, it is anticipated that there will be a sea of heterogeneous accelerators customized for important application domains, such as machine learning and personalized healthcare, to provide better performance and energy-efficiency. Many research problems are still open, such as how to efficiently integrate accelerators into future chips and commodity datacenters, and how to program such accelerator-rich architectures and systems.
    In this talk, I will first briefly explain how customized accelerators can achieve orders-of-magnitude performance improvement, based on our open-source simulator PARADE [ICCAD 2015, tutorials at ISCA 2015 & MICRO 2016]. Second, I will present our initial work on CPU-accelerator co-design, where we provide efficient and unified address translation support between CPU cores and accelerators [HPCA 2017 Best Paper Nominee]. It shows that a simple two-level TLB design for accelerators plus the host core MMU for accelerator page walking can be very efficient. On average, it achieves 7.6x speedup over the naïve IOMMU and there is only 6.4% performance gap to the ideal address translation. Finally, I will present the open-source Blaze system that provides programming and runtime support to enable easy and efficient FPGA accelerator deployment in datacenters [HotCloud 2016, ACM SOCC 2016]. Blaze abstracts accelerators-as-a-service, and bridges the gap between big data applications (e.g., Apache Spark programs) and emerging accelerators (e.g., FPGAs). By plugging a PCIe-based FPGA board into each CPU server, it can improve the system throughput by several folds for a range of applications.

    Biography: Dr. Zhenman Fang is a postdoc in the Computer Science Department, UCLA, working with Prof. Jason Cong and Prof. Glenn Reinman. He is a member of the NSF/Intel funded multi-university Center for Domain-Specific Computing (CDSC) and the SRC/DARPA funded multi-university Center for Future Architectures Research (C-FAR). Zhenman received his PhD in June 2014 from Fudan University, China and spent the last 15 months of his PhD program visiting University of Minnesota at Twin Cities. Zhenman's research lies at the boundary of heterogeneous and energy-efficient computer architectures, big data workloads and systems, and system-level design automation. He has published 10+ papers in top venues that span across computer architecture (HPCA, TACO, ICS), design automation (DAC, ICCAD, FCCM, IEEE Design & Test), and cloud computing (ACM SOCC). He received several awards, including a postdoc fellowship from UCLA Institute of Digital Research and Education, a best paper nominee of HPCA 2017, a best demo award at the C-FAR center annual review. More details can be found in his personal website: https://sites.google.com/site/fangzhenman/.

    Host: Xuehai Qian, x04459, xuehai.qian@usc.edu

    Location: Hughes Aircraft Electrical Engineering Center (EEB) - 132

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Gerrielyn Ramos

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  • The 2017 Albert Dorman Lecture Series

    Thu, Sep 07, 2017 @ 03:30 PM - 05:00 PM

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: C. D. Mote, Jr., President of the National Academy of Engineering

    Talk Title: Understanding and Executing Leadership

    Biography:


    Host: Lucio Soibelman

    More Information: Mote Poster.pdf

    Location: 526

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Kaela Berry

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  • Cover Letter Workshop

    Thu, Sep 07, 2017 @ 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Learn how to create a cover letter that will serve as the marketing tool that will get your foot inside industrys door!

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 211

    Audiences: All Viterbi Students

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • CAIS Seminar: Drs. Milind Tambe & Eric Rice (University of Southern California) - AI for Social Good

    Thu, Sep 07, 2017 @ 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Milind Tambe & Dr. Eric Rice, University of Southern California

    Talk Title: AI for Social Good

    Series: Center for AI in Society (CAIS) Seminar Series

    Abstract: This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium

    How can AI be used for social good? Artificial intelligence has received an enormous amount of attention in the popular press over the past few years. Much of this press is negative, focusing on job loss due to automation or fears of weaponized AI. In this lecture, Drs. Tambe and Rice will share their vision for how AI and social work can come together in the 21st century to tackle some of the world's most vexing social issues. They will discuss how they created the USC Center for Artificial Intelligence in Society and its mission; and will share some of CAIS main areas of research, including homelessness, suicide prevention, substance abuse prevention, gang violence prevention, wildlife conservation, and counter-terrorism.


    Biography: Drs. Milind Tambe and Eric Rice are the co-directors and co-founders of USC CAIS. Dr. Tambe is the Helen N. and Emmett H. Jones Professor in Viterbi School of Engineering and Dr. Rice is an associate professor in the Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work.

    Host: Milind Tambe

    Location: Seeley Wintersmith Mudd Memorial Hall (of Philosophy) (MHP) - 101

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Computer Science Department

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  • Northrop Grumman Corporation Info Session

    Thu, Sep 07, 2017 @ 05:00 PM - 06:30 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Join us as we define the future of science, technology and engineering. At Northrop Grumman, we've developed the Future Technical Leaders (FTL) Program - a professional development opportunity aimed at identifying and investing in Northrop Grumman's next generation of technologists and leaders.

    Location: Seeley G. Mudd Building (SGM) - 101

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • BIOMED

    Thu, Sep 07, 2017 @ 05:30 PM - 08:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Organizations

    Student Activity


    BIOMED is a beginning-of-the-year dinner meant to introduce incoming and current students of any background to medical issues that face our world today. This semi-formal event invites faculty and PhD students in the USC Department of Biomedical Engineering to discuss their experiences in the research field and provides an opportunity for students to become better acquainted with their peers, faculty, and staff at USC. BIOMED will be taking place Thursday, September 7th in TCC 301/302. We are excited to welcome the Chair of the Viterbi BME department, Dr. Ellis Meng, as our keynote speaker and our three distinguished speakers: Dr. Francisco Valero-Cuevas, Dr. Christina Zavaleta, and Dr. Andrea Armani. Refundable deposits of 10$ are due to the front desk of DRB Wednesday, September 6th. Please reserve your spot by filling out the following form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdi5rvx4ly_8g42GNtPRnR7Rkmi5AHlmGMOQor7idF61Oyvow/viewform?c=0&w=1

    Location: Ronald Tutor Campus Center (TCC) - 301

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Associated Students of Biomedical Engineering

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  • Speed Date an A.O.E. Active!

    Thu, Sep 07, 2017 @ 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Organizations

    Student Activity


    Come speed date our actives! In order to get to know us on a more personal level, you'll have a few minutes with each active and some question prompts. This is one of the last chances to get to know us, so please come out! If you have any questions, please contact our Vice President, Hannah Adams, at hannahad@usc.edu.

    Location: Grace Ford Salvatori Hall Of Letters, Arts & Sciences (GFS) - 109

    Audiences: Undergrad

    Posted By: Alpha Omega Epsilon USC

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  • High School Counselor Conference

    Fri, Sep 08, 2017 @ 08:30 AM - 03:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Receptions & Special Events


    This full-day program will introduce high school counselors, independent counselors and CBOs that serve high school students, to USC's admission and financial aid practices and include: presentations by several of our academic units; tours of campus; and a luncheon with USC admission, financial aid and academic unit representatives.

    RSVP Here

    Location: Town & Gown (TGF) -

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Viterbi Admission

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  • W.V.T. RUSCH ENGINEERING HONORS COLLOQUIUM

    Fri, Sep 08, 2017 @ 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

    USC Viterbi School of Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Ellen Feldman, Fall 2013 Colloquium Moderator and PhD Candidate, California Institute of Technology

    Talk Title: Treating Spinal Cord Injury via Electrical Spinal Cord Stimulation

    Location: Henry Salvatori Computer Science Center (SAL) - 101

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Su Stevens

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  • 2nd Annual Undergraduate Open House

    Fri, Sep 08, 2017 @ 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Student Activity


    Location: Hughes Aircraft Electrical Engineering Center (EEB) - 132

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Cathy Huang

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  • Astani Civil and Environmental Engineering Seminar

    Fri, Sep 08, 2017 @ 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Professor Amir AghaKouchak, University of California, Irvine

    Talk Title: Compound and Concurrent Climate Extremes: Detection, Modeling and Risk Analysis

    More Information: AghaKouchak announcement.pdf

    Location: Waite Phillips Hall Of Education (WPH) - B27

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Evangeline Reyes

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  • NL Seminar-1. IMPROVING LOW RESOURCE NEURAL MACHINE TRANSLATION 2. LANGUAGE-INDEPENDENT TRANSLATION OF OUT OF VOCABULARY WORDS

    Fri, Sep 08, 2017 @ 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Information Sciences Institute

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Nelson Liu and Leon Cheung, USC/ISI

    Talk Title: 1. IMPROVING LOW RESOURCE NEURAL MACHINE TRANSLATION 2. LANGUAGE-INDEPENDENT TRANSLATION OF OUT OF VOCABULARY WORDS

    Series: Natural Language Seminar

    Abstract: 1. Statistical models have outperformed neural models in machine translation, until recently, with the introduction of the sequence to sequence neural model. However, this model's performance suffers greatly when starved of bilingual parallel data. This talk will discuss several strategies that try to overcome this low resource challenge, including modifications to the sequence to sequence model, transfer learning, data augmentation, and the use of monolingual data.

    2. Neural machine translation is effective for language pairs with large datasets, but falls short to traditional methods e.g. phrase or syntax-based machine translation in the low resource setting. However, these classic approaches struggle to translate out of vocabulary tokens, a limitation that is amplified when there is little training data. In this work, we augment a syntax-based machine translation system with a module that provides translations of out of vocabulary tokens. We present several language-independent strategies for translation of unknown tokens, and benchmark their accuracy on an intrinsic out of vocabulary translation task across a typologically diverse dataset of sixteen languages. Lastly, we explore the effects of using the module to add rules to a syntax-based machine translation system on overall translation quality.

    Biography: Leon Cheung is a second year undergraduate from UC San Diego. This summer he has been working with Jon May and Kevin Knight to improve neural machine translation for low resource languages.

    Nelson Liu is an undergraduate at the University of Washington, where he works with Professor Noah Smith. His research interests lie at the intersection of machine learning and natural language processing. Previously, he worked at the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence on machine comprehension. He is currently a summer intern at ISI working with Professors Kevin Knight and Jonathan May.

    Host: Marjan Ghazvininejad and Kevin Knight

    More Info: http://nlg.isi.edu/nl-seminar/

    Location: Information Science Institute (ISI) - 11th Flr Conf Rm # 1135, Marina Del Rey

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Peter Zamar

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  • PwC Tech Talk presented by CybOrg

    Fri, Sep 08, 2017 @ 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Organizations

    Workshops & Infosessions


    PwC, in conjunction with the Cyber Security & Forensics Organization, is hosting a PwC Tech Talk on Friday, September 8th.

    Presentation from PwC Cybersecurity team & networking with professionals. Stop by to learn more about opportunities within our Advisory Cybersecurity practice at PwC!

    PwC Advisory helps clients with their most challenging imperatives from strategy through execution. The Advisory line of service combines the breadth of knowledge of over 48,000 global professionals with deep industry knowledge to deliver custom solutions to some of the world's largest and most complex companies. As a result, the firm has become one of the world's top consulting organizations giving PwC professionals tremendous development and advancement opportunities.

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    STEPS to Register:

    Log-in to ConnectSC -> Navigate to Events tab on the left column -> Trojan Talks -> PwC

    (make sure you register for the right one as PwC is hosting multiple events across multiple dates)

    Like our FB Page:
    https://www.facebook.com/cyborgatusc/

    Join our LinkedIn Group: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/10347148

    Sign up for our mailing list:
    https://goo.gl/forms/UD9A7e2DPMbaZXkq1

    Join our FB Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/cyborgatusc/

    Location: Gwynn Wilson Student Union (STU) - B3

    Audiences: Members have first priority, but anyone can RSVP

    Posted By: USC CybOrg

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  • Alpha Omega Epsilon Preference Party

    Fri, Sep 08, 2017 @ 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Organizations

    Student Activity


    This is our last recruitment event! If you are interested in joining A.O.E., you must be at this event! It is RSVP only, so please contact our Vice President, Hannah Adams, at hannahad@usc.edu for more information.

    Location: Off-Campus

    Audiences: Undergrad

    Posted By: Alpha Omega Epsilon USC

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