Thinking of a startup? UG and Graduate students across USC wanted for CSCI 532 Innovation for Defense Applications – Spring 2022

Work on practical engineering problems in natural language, signal processing, image classification, computer security, and more.

1. You’ll learn how to define problems and solutions that have impact and which are suited to entrepreneurial activities.

2. You’ll work on hard problems while contributing to national service.

3. You’ll work on real national security issues, with real national security leaders.

4. You’ll learn Lean Startup methodology to help you build efficient and successful startups, and develop skills to solve problems in any organization.

All nationalities (including non-US citizens) are encouraged to apply. Open to students at all levels, Undergraduate through graduate, and from all schools including Viterbi, Marshall, Dornsife and others.

Innovation for Defense Applications is USC’s class that is part of the Hacking for Defense program sponsored by NSIN.  This class provides students with the opportunity to learn how to work with the Department of Defense (DoD) and Intelligence Community (IC) to address the nation’s emerging threats and security challenges.

In this course, teams of 3-5 students from interdisciplinary backgrounds develop minimum viable products (MVPs) and prototypes that match DoD/IC users’ needs by the end of the semester.

Using Lean Startup Methodology, and working closely with their problem sponsors, mentors, and military liaisons, the student teams work together to bring a product or service to market.  Read more about one of last year’s student teams, ATOMUS, that formed a startup based on their project:

Read more about the class and see some preliminary problem statements and syllabus at the class website:

Apply for D clearance in the class.  Additionally, provide the instructors with information about your technical or business background, and express an interest in particular candidate problems:

Or contact the instructors at <> or Prof. Neuman directly at <> if you have any questions.

Published on January 8th, 2022

Last updated on December 16th, 2021