Our fall on-campus program to get to know Viterbi!

As part of Discover USC, Viterbi will host a full day expo full of seminars, lab tours, student orgs, and more. Don't miss your chance to see what it's like to be a Viterbi Engineer.

It’s All Part of Discover USC

The Discover USC Program is a full day, open house event on campus each year in the fall.  It is the best way to get to know what being a student here is like before choosing to apply. There are campus-wide activities such as campus tours, student panels, financial aid presentations, and academic unit sessions.

Here at Viterbi, we give presentations about our programs and also open up the ViterbiEXPO.  The EXPO includes lab tours, micro-seminars, a student organization fair, a photo booth, and awesome Viterbi Swag.  The EXPO is designed to give you the best look at USC Viterbi and help answer any questions you have about student life, entrepreneurship, undergraduate research, going abroad, getting a job, and student advisement.

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Want to know what you’ll see at the Viterbi EXPO?

Check out the timetable below to see the micro-seminars, tours and presentations offered. Use the red buttons to see descriptions of the mirco-seminars, labs, student orgs, and more.


Start here. You won’t want to miss this presentation with everything you need to know about the USC Viterbi School of Engineering before applying.

Paul Ledesma, our Director of Admission, will give a comprehensive presentation that details everything from the application process to all of the opportunities USC Viterbi provides. Current engineering students will answer questions from the audience and talk about their experiences here.

Keynote Presentations

Paul Ledesma

Director of Undergraduate Admission

Get to know Viterbi

The USC Viterbi School of Engineering provides a collaborative, hands-on experience for students interested in innovation, communication and the use of engineering to solve societal problems. Your strengths in math and science may have you looking at the world and noticing challenges you want to solve: new and renewable forms of energy, space exploration, modern medicine and devices, extreme events such as tsunamis and earthquakes, more efficient ways to get business done, creating new software, making robotic systems that make our lives easier, or many others.

Please join us and a panel of students as we review our four-year engineering programs and how USC Viterbi students do more than just engineering: We call this Engineering +. We will discuss required high school preparation for our programs as well as the unique co-curricular programs available to our students — such as our Career Services Program, Center for Engineering Diversity, Women in Engineering, Undergraduate Research, and our focused entrepreneurial support through the Viterbi Student Institute for Innovation.


Lab tours show some of the spaces where we get our hands dirty.

We will offer guided tours of some of our labs to show you what types of spaces we have for students to participate in research, hands on projects, lab classes, and more. Students and professors will be there to explain their research and share their experiences.

Seeing some of our hands-on spaces are highlights of the day!  Check out some of the lab tours we’ve offered in the past:

Gill Composites Center

Composite material testing and manufacturing labs to address problems associated with the design, manufacture and behavior of composites and composite structures.

Rocket Propulsion Lab

The work space for a student-led team dedicated to being the first undergraduate group to send a rocket to space.

Structures and Materials Research Lab

Testing of building components and materials. Tours will receive an overview of test equipment and witness a live tensile test.

Water Quality Lab

Fundamental and applied aspects of membrane contactor processes for innovative solutions to contaminant and energy challenges.  Research is conducted on different aspects of water quality science and engineering to provide safer and cleaner drinking water.

Integrative Biosystems Engineering

Creating biologically-inspired in vitro models of tissue microenvironments for cancer and stem cells, and discovering novel therapeutics for human diseases.

AeroDesign Team Lab

AeroDesign Team designs, builds, and flies small-scale unmanned aircrafts, and is USC’s entrant in the annual AIAA/Cessna/Raytheon Design-Build-Fly Competition.

Robotics Design Teams’ Labs

Come check out not one, but two of our robotics design teams: Autonomous Underwater Vehicle and Aerial Robotics.

Engine Lab

Automotive engine research aimed at increasing gas mileage and reducing pollutant formation.

Michelson Center Tour

Tour the brand new USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience, where faculty and research teams are working on new frontiers in medicine and health to develop new life-saving devices and therapeutics.


There’s so much more to share.

At #ViterbiEXPO we will host micro-seminars and activities that go into more details about other aspects of USC life. We plan to included presentations about internships, careers, and success after undergraduate, grad school opportunities, and engineering plus, the idea of doing more than just engineering.

Here are some microseminars we’ve offered in the past at #ViterbiEXPO.

Fixing the Human Body with Electronic Technology

Prosthetics that can sense touch, injectable neuromuscular stimulators, and fetal micropacemakers. Join Professor Gerald Loeb for demonstrations of several of his lab’s innovative biomedical technologies.

Actually, it *is* Rocket Science

This seminar will cover the fundamentals, current state-of-the-art, and future development of space technology in our society, and the four fundamental topics of astronautics and space technology: satellites/vehicles; launch vehicles; orbits; and mission design/formulation. A brief history and state of the industry will be discussed across the wide variety of space systems applications with an emphasis on USC and Los Angeles as the heart of the space industry.

Teaching Machines to Discover: The Future of Artificial Intelligence

Join Professor Yan Liu to learn about the USC Machine Learning Center and hear her discuss the future of research and recent developments in artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Emerging Cyber Security Threats

Cybercrime tactics, anatomy of a breach, and why humans are often the weakest link. Get insight into recent national cases, investigative trends, and how to protect yourself as 97% of networks have been breached.

Majors, Minors, & Electives: Engineering +

EngineeringPlus is the Viterbi idea that you should be able to do more than just engineering.  Engineering should not limit your academic pursuits, or your other pursuits in your free time.  This session covers academic advising and how to make that double major or minor possible, as well as include students who are pursuing two degrees, or have deep involvement in areas beyond engineering.

Your Future After Undergrad

What will you do after college?  Join representatives from Graduate Admission and Student Engagement & Career Connections as they discuss your future and how we prepare students for success in graduate programs and the job search process.

Data Science and Personalized Medicine

Learn how Professor Brent Liu leverages his biomedical imaging research to address the Grand Challenge of Advancing Health Informatics and explore how imaging informatics can be used as a powerful tool towards personalized medicine.

Building Game Developers

What makes a great game developer? Come learn about how we educate our computer science students to prepare them for a career in the games industry.


There are many ways to get involved at Viterbi.

Many of our student organizations will be in attendance to tell you what their group does and share their experiences with you. This is a great way to see how students spend some of their free time on campus.

Diversity Organizations

The Center for Engineering Diversity is the home of our diversity related organizations including Society of Women Engineers, National Organization of Black Engineers, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, Queers in Engineering, Science, and Technology, Girls in Tech USC, among others.

Innovation Organizations

Got an idea? Interested in start-ups and entrepreneurship? Check out these student orgs that are focused on innovation & entrepreneurship:  SparkSC, LavaLab, 3D4E (3D printing for everyone), and more!

Professional Organizations

Professional organizations from a variety of majors will be at the EXPO to tell you about what resources and events they have for students in terms of professional development, social opportunities, service, and more.  This also encompasses Greek life, honor societies, and more!

Design Teams

Many students spend their free time building tangible products in student led design teams.  Our EXPO will showcase airplanes designed by Aerodesign Team, Concrete Canoe made by the American Society of Civil Engineers, a formula-style race car from SC Racing, and more!

Check out some of the awesome student organizations in Viterbi:

  • AeroDesign Team of USC
  • Alpha Omega Epsilon
  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers
  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • Associated Students of Biomedical Engineering (ASBME)
  • Association for Computing Machinery
  • AthenaHacks
  • Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Design Team
  • CAIS++
  • Chem-E Car
  • Code the Change
  • Corpus Callosum
  • Engineers Without Borders
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • Institute of Industrial & Systems Engineers (IISE)
  • Klein Institute for Undergraduate Engineering Life (KIUEL)
  • Makers at USC
  • MEDesign Medical Device Design Team
  • National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
  • Queers in Engineering, Science, and Technology (QuEST)
  • Scope
  • Sigma Phi Delta
  • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers
  • Society of Women Engineers
  • Southern California Solar Car Team
  • Spark SC
  • Theta Tau
  • USC 3D (printing) For Everyone
  • USC Aerial Robotics
  • USC National Organization for Business and Engineering
  • USC Racing


Where do you want to go?

There's a myth that engineers can't go abroad. Check out the going abroad booth at #ViterbiEXPO to meet several students who have gone abroad and learn about their experiences!

Here are just a few examples of students who have gone abroad.


Mechanical Engineering

Aarya conducted research at the Technical University of Berlin over the summer through the RISE Germany program.


Chemical Engineering

Shuntaro studied abroad in Rome, Italy through the Viterbi Overseas Program this past summer.


Electrical Engineering

Shayna participated in a Viterbi Exchange program for a semester at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.


Biomedical Engineering

Rhea spent the summer conducting research in China through the Viterbi School's Tsinghua Undergraduate Research Program.


Discover USC is a rain-or-shine event
Transportation to Campus

We encourage you to take the Metro Expo Line to campus. Exit the train at the Expo Park/USC stop and enter campus on Trousdale Parkway. Head north to the check-in tables.

Directions and Parking

If you plan to drive to campus for our Discover USC Open House, please follow these directions. Parking will be free of charge and available at the McClintock Ave Entrance (formerly Gate 5), Downey Way Entrance (formerly Gate 6) and Jefferson Blvd Entrance (formerly Gate 8). Click here for a USC map listing entrance locations.

  • From the I-10 Santa Monica Freeway, exit at Vermont Avenue heading south.
  • From the I-110 Harbor Freeway, exit at Martin Luther King Boulevard and head west until you reach Vermont Avenue. Make a right and head north on Vermont.
  • Enter campus at Entrance 5, located at Jefferson Boulevard & McClintock Avenue (section D2 on the USC map); at Entrance 6, located at Vermont Avenue and 36th Street (section A4 on the USC map); or at Entrance 8, located on Jefferson Boulevard between Vermont and Orchard Avenues (section B2 on the USC map).
  • Notify the attendant that you are attending the Discover USC program. The attendant will provide you with a parking permit and direct you to the appropriate parking structure.