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USC Viterbi School of Engineering

Civil engineering student Katie Hickey was a member of the 20-student Viterbi canoe team, which took home several prizes in the annual intercollegiate competition where students design and race concrete canoes. “The issues that we, as a team, had to deal with parallel exactly what I expect to see when I start my career,” said co-captain Hickey. The competition is an annual project for Viterbi’s Society of Civil Engineers, which, at 86 years, is the nation’s third oldest chapter.

Courses in engineering were first offered at USC in the 1905-06 academic year in the basement of one of the oldest buildings on campus. Today, 168 full-time, tenure track faculty (and more than 300 total faculty) serve about 1,800 undergraduates and 4,000 graduate students, utilizing extensive and technically advanced laboratories, classrooms and live interactive high-speed Internet broadcast systems. Government and industry annually fund more than $160 million worth of research.

The Viterbi School is innovative, elite and internationally recognized for creating new models of education, research and commercialization firmly rooted in real world needs. The school’s first priorities are the education of outstanding students and the pursuit and publication of research.

As the school’s faculty and students extend the frontiers of engineering knowledge through their research, they also apply engineering and technology to address societal challenges. The school stimulates and encourages qualities of scholarship, leadership and character that mark the true academic and professional engineer — to serve California, the nation and the world. At the Viterbi School, we call this the enabling power of Engineering+.

The school prepares students to translate invention to innovation and advances the continuing education of engineering and scientific personnel to provide professional engineering leadership to solve community, regional, national and global problems.

Viterbi undergraduate support programs have increased selectivity, retention and graduation rates. The Klein Institute for Undergraduate Engineering Life fosters leadership, cross-disciplinary activity and globalization; the Freshman Academy exposes first-year students to current research; and the Engineering Writing Program (EWP) develops communication skills.

Viterbi graduate education is outstanding preparation for advanced research and professional careers. The Ph.D. program is built around fellowships, teaching assistantships and research appointments, and has produced a steady increase in doctoral degrees. The master’s and professional programs are national and global leaders in advanced training for professional engineers.


Yannis C. Yortsos, Ph.D., Dean

Maja Matarić, Ph.D., Senior Associate Dean

John O’Brien, Ph.D., Senior Associate Dean

Timothy Pinkston, Ph.D., Senior Associate Dean

Cauligi Raghavendra, Ph.D., Senior Associate Dean

Herbert Schorr, Ph.D., Senior Associate Dean

Margery Berti, A.B., Associate Dean

Kelly Goulis, M.S., Associate Dean

Linda Rock, M.A., Associate Dean

Louise A. Yates, M.S., Associate Dean

Christopher Stoy, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer, External Relations