The USC Viterbi Freshmen Academies are designed to help you learn about the importance of engineering, the ethical implications of engineering decisions, and understand how engineers affect society, technology, history and politics.

In addition, the Freshmen Academies have “Coaches,” Viterbi upperclassmen who support and act as a resource for you during your transition to USC. Components of the program include:

  • 1 semester, 2 credit course

  • Small class size (limited to 35 students)

  • Allows for additional exposure to engineering faculty in your first semester at USC

  • The only freshman engineering class that combines engineering majors

  • Hosts distinguished guest speakers, engineering lab tours and in-class projects

All Academy Lecture Series

All students enrolled in the Freshmen Academy are provided with the opportunity to hear from professionals, innovators, researchers, and USC alumni in the engineering field through the All Academy Lecture Series. Scheduled three times this semester, you will come together for a quick dinner and interesting evening with an industry professional. You’ll have the chance to hear about their experiences and ask your own questions.

Fall 2016 Lecture Dates and Speakers

See below for speakers for this semester. All lectures are held in Bovard Auditorium at 5:30pm. As speakers are confirmed, profiles will be added to the website.

  • Tuesday, September 6- Linnie Haynesworth
  • Tuesday, October 4- David Hodge
  • Tuesday, November 15- Andrea Armani

Fall 2016 Coaches

All Academy coaches are current Viterbi Sophomores, Juniors, & Seniors in all different engineering majors. Students chosen to be mentors for Viterbi freshmen. Coaches are there to answer any questions about the course, Viterbi, USC and any other issues or challenges that you might face during your first year.

  • Aashka Damani
  • Adam Seifert
  • Adam Walker
  • Alex Allsup
  • Avery McEvoy
  • Betty Stearns
  • Christian Davey
  • Cole Kurth
  • Courtney Vu
  • Daniel Donchev
  • Diane Reed
  • Elyse Kedzie
  • Emily Palmer
  • Holly Huber
  • Jacqueline Smith
  • Kody Ferguson
  • Lindsey Estrada
  • Logan Davidson
  • Madeline Timmins
  • Maria Bacci
  • Michael Eschen
  • Michael Morikado
  • Michelle Zhong
  • Natalie Helms
  • Nathaniel Reardon
  • Olivia Pearson
  • Patrick Macias
  • Peter Roberson
  • Rebecca Thoss
  • Sarah Milkowski
  • Shana Douglass
  • Timmy Malaney
  • Tony Elevathingal
  • Willa Zhao