Logo: University of Southern California

354 Students -- Including Two from Korea -- Receive DEN Degrees

Viterbi Distance Education Network continues rapid growth, both in student numbers and distance

May 16, 2008 — A record 354 students received M.S. degrees via the USC Viterbi School of Engineering's industry-leading Distance Education Network in 2008. Most of them completed their academic studies while working full time engineering jobs, including two who did so from Korea.

Gong, left, and Song came to Los Angeles to receive their diplomas
The total represents a 30 percent increase over 2007, when 272 DEN candidates obtained degrees. That figure was a 30 percent increase over the 210 degrees awarded in 2006. 

This year's graduates include  Korean Air employees Byeong Gong and Chan Song, who earned ISE master's degrees while living and working in Korea, the first ever to do so from outside the U.S.

"It's always exciting to see DEN's successful delivery system enable talented students anywhere in the US, and around the world, complete their program from a distance" said Kelly Goulis, associate dean of Master's and Professional Programs  "We congratulate all of our graduates for their hard work and success.  We are proud to have them as part of our Trojan Family."

The American students came from 27 states, in addition to Korea. Most (233) were from California, but other substantial contingents came from Texas (18), Washington (16), Missouri (11), Arizona (10), Michigan (7), and Virginia (7).

Companies supporting the most students were Boeing (132), Northrop Grumman (32),  Raytheon (33), and Lockheed Martin (16) and Google, Occidental Petroleum, NASA,  JPL, Toshiba, Oracle, and 3M also now have employees with new Viterbi School diplomas.

The breakdown of degrees: aerospace and mechanical engineering(10),  aerospace (18),  astronautical (25),  biomedical (BME) (6),  civil (1),  computer engineering (4),  computer science (50),  electrical (74),  engineering management (21),  industrial and systems (7),  mechanical (16),  medical device & diagnostic (6),  petroleum (4),  product development (7), and systems architecting & engineering (105).

For 36 years, DEN has been a pioneer in distance learning, providing thousands of working professionals the opportunity to obtain their M.S. degrees in over 30 disciplines. DEN’s advanced technology allows students to view the same lectures conducted for on-campus students, transmit homework assignments, and interact with professors via chat capabilities, all from the comfort of their homes and offices. Currently, DEN has students from over 40 states, as well as from Canada and Korea, who are pursuing engineering graduate degrees online. DEN offers the widest selection of engineering graduate degrees – more than any other leading research university.  For more information, visit http://den.usc.edu

DEN class of 08 - on campus for degrees: let to right, top to bottom: Adeyemi, Olutope - Chevron - PTE, Anderson, Delano - Motorola - SAE, Brescilli, Mike - Lockheed Martin - SAE, Cervantes, Eduardo - US Navy - SAE, Dang, Benjamin - Lockheed Martin San Jose - EE, Eusebio, Redentor - LADWP - CE, Famurewa, Tosin - Ryder Scott Company - PTE, Goldstein, Aaron - Northrop - SAE, Gong, Byeong Ho - Korean Air - SAE, Goto, Shannon - Northrop - EE, Hallock, Amy - USAF - ASTE, Hanson, Colin - Honeywell - EE, Haubelt, Lea - Lockheed Martin - AE, Hawes, Mark - Lockheed Martin Vandenberg AFB - ASTE, Hebreo, Jonathan - Independent - ME, Higginbotham, Christopher - GE Energy - CSCI, Kench, Amol - Qualcomm - CENG, Klak, Lauren - Northrop - EE, Kumar, Amit - Cisco Systems - SAE, Lam, Tuyen - Raytheon Tucson - CSCI, Lang, Melanie - Lockheed Martin Orlando - AE, Larsen, Erik - Independent - ASTE, Latimer, Dewitt - USAF - PhD CSCI, Lee, Dennis - Raytheon - EMT, Lee, Tim - Boeing El Segundo - SAE, Levijoki, Stephen - General Motors - SAE, Lewis, Kevin - Lockheed Martin - CSCI, Li, Jian - Boeing - AE, Lightner, Michael - Boeing Renton - SAE, Lijek, Shannon - Lockheed Martin - CSCI, Long, Angela - Northrop - ASTE, Luljak, Paul - Boeing St Louis - SAE, Ma, Yanjie - Boeing Everett - EE, Marshall, John - Boeing - SAE, Melby, Steve - General Motors - SAE, Pender, Kelwyn - Fannie Mae - SAE, Pribble, Jonathan - Aerospace Corporation - EE, Ranganathan, Ramya - Intel Chandler - EE-MCT, Reksten, Sarah - USAF - ASTE, Song, Chang - Korean Air - EMT, Summers, Baron - Boeing Mesa - SAE, Thompson, Chris - NASA Boeing-Houston - SAE, Toosi, Farah - Boeing El Segundo - EMT, Torres, Abigail - NAVAIR - EMT, Vargas, Tomas - Qualcomm - EE-VLSI, Vargas, Yulexis - Northrop Redondo Beach - Not Listed, Wilson, Amber - USAF - AE, Zakrzewski, Mark - Aerospace Corporation - SAE, Zlatkias, Marianna - Independent - CSCI, Zlicaric, Bojan - Boeing - SAE