Viterbi Affiliated Organizations
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.
The purpose of this organization is to explore and promote academic and
career issues related to the field of environmental engineering and environmental
science, and to connect those interested in these fields with other likeminded
individuals within and beyond USC. The AAEES at USC chapter further aims to
bring national AAEES resources to USC students, which may include but are not
limited to the following: professional networking and mentoring opportunities,
speaker events, award eligibility, training workshops, and seminars.
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.
The purpose of this organization is to build and compete a shoebox sized car completely powered by a chemical reaction, promoting interdisciplinary education through hands-on experience of concepts learned in class. The team will be competing at the Regional and National AIChE conferences.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The purpose of AthenaHacks is to support and nurture women* in tech with Southern California’s premiere all female* hackathon. From hardware back to mobile apps, there are so many fields of tech to explore! We want women to explore their ideas and interests.
*trans and non-binary inclusive
CAIS++ (pronounced “case plus-plus”) is a USC Viterbi-affiliated student organization that serves as the student branch of the USC Center for Artificial Intelligence in Society (CAIS). Through our partnership with the USC School of Social Work, our students work to promote the development of AI applications for social good.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
While even President Barack Obama has endorsed computer science classes in schools, this is sadly not a reality. This creates a discrepancy in college with some
freshmen coming in with a huge advantage because they were lucky to be exposed to programming at a younger age. All children need the opportunity to get
involved in programming before college. It is important that children know that programming is not only a powerful skill, but is also a lot of fun. Students need a day
and space to learn, explore and build whatever fun or innovative program they want. The purpose of this organization is to plan and host Hack SC Junior: a two-day
hackathon, one day for to 4th through 8th graders, another day for high schoolers, which gives students the opportunity to learn, explore, question, tinker and build
through programming. We have a focus to draw in children from underrepresented backgrounds in tech from the LA area. It will be open and free for students from
schools surrounding the University of Southern California, and current USC CS students or students with demonstrated interest and knowledge of programming will be
present as mentors at each event.
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.
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.
LavaLab is USC’s product incubator, creating entrepreneurs out of USC’s the best engineering, design, and business minds. The program exists in three parts: first, a comprehensive curriculum that guides members through every step of creating a product — from ideation to wireframing to prototyping to user acquisition strategy, and more. Second, LavaLab hosts biweekly dinner nights with industry professionals; notable guests include Elon Musk, Arielle Zuckerberg, and John Bates. Third, and most importantly, is the immersive community that LavaLab facilitates — when you join, you’ll meet the most talented students at USC and collaborate with them on your product and socially. Applications are open to any student who demonstrates excellence in some related discipline and shows dedication to learn. LavaLab traditionally accepts between 25-30 people per semester to join new teams, and has about 200 members in the broader community who have already gone through the program.
The purpose of this organization is to facilitate the exploration of concepts of electronics design and stimulate interest in the field of electronics while assisting the community with electronics-related projects and serving as a resource on campus for all.
The purpose of this organization is to expose undergraduate engineering students to the medical device field and commercialization process.
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.
The purpose of this organization is to explore and promote the successes of
those who identify as women in the field of technology, and to provide women
with the confidence and skills necessary to achieve their goals in a collaborative
and positive environment (AthenaHacks and club meetings).
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.
The purpose of RVDT is to design and create a human powered vehicle to be entered into the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Human Powered Vehicle Challenge.
This team will provide undergraduate and graduate students with hands-on, real-world experience in the field of automotive engineering as they design, build, and compete with a unique formula-style, open-wheel racecar.
The end-goal of scope is to foster a more cohesive structure for student developers to build independent team projects and contribute to the vibrant open source community of developers.
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.
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.
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. Membership is open to both women and men in engineering, regardless of graduate or undergraduate status.
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.
The purpose of this organization is to connect USC students to USC based startups.
The purpose of TAMID at USC is to:
- Facilitate and foster a connection with international business in Israel.
- Educate ourselves about the nature of Israeli Companies, both start up and corporate, in the international economic climate
- Build a relationship with the greater Israeli-Angelino Community for practical business and educational opportunities
- Inform and promote awareness of the robust and innovative Israeli economy
Tau Beta Pi is the oldest and largest engineering honor society in the United States. It is a national society founded in 1885 dedicated to promoting honor, integrity, scholarship, and exemplary character in the field of Engineering. USC belongs to TBP’s California Delta Chapter, established in 1947.
To develop and maintain a high standard of professional interest among its members and to unite them in a strong bond of fraternal fellowship.
The purpose of this organization is to create a guiding academic platform to connect undergraduate students who are interested or passionate in research to the opportunities that they are looking for. UREC will help students through the application process of preexisting programs as well as meet facetoface with professors that they are interested in researching under. Furthermore UREC will help generate exposure to different labs by conducting guided lab tours every other week. UREC believes in passion, and wants to be an inclusive club that accepts all kinds of undergraduate students who are passionate about research. UREC will initially affiliate with Viterbi and engineering students and then eventually expand to create a platform for Dornsife and students in other USC schools.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The purpose of this organization is to build and complete a solar powered car in various competitions around the world, promoting interdisciplinary 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.
The purpose of this organization is to provide a hands-on educational experience for members through the annual VEX competition. To do so, we will build and program robots to complete the designated tasks and compete at competitions from the regional to the global level.
The purpose of this organization is to promote virtual reality in and around the University of Southern California area by being centralized hub for all VR/ AR/ MR content and activities, as well as educate students in the production of VR/ AR/ MR technologies and experiences.
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 acquire 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 implement learned skills by working in multidisciplinary teams and engaging in events including case studies, social entrepreneurship challenges, and the NAE Grand Challenge.
The purpose of this organization is help foster the progress and success of USC students and alumni startup teams in the technology industry. VIP serves as an incubator for all types of technology startups through the use of events, network, and supplies.
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.