As part of the Admission & Student Engagement Division in the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, our admission staff is a bit different from other admission offices. While we work on undergraduate admission (recruiting, application review, enrollment), we also have a focus on student affairs. We want to find students who will be successful in our programs and in our community. Getting to know you is important to us because we will be around you for the next few years – not just the application process.
We are inside the Viterbi School and work closely with engineering faculty and the Dean. Our job is to work with prospective students (and parents) interested in engineering and computer science majors. We want to help you better understand this place, get through the application process, and ultimately enroll at the Viterbi School.
Senior Associate Dean Goulis was born in Chicago and lived most of her life in Southern California. She attended USC for her undergraduate and graduate degrees. In her free time, she loves to travel, hike and spend time with her family. She is responsible for all admissions and student engagement programs in the Viterbi School of Engineering.
Associate Dean O'Pray was born in Minnesota, raised in Southern California, and attended Marlboro College in Vermont for his undergraduate degree. He prefers snowboarding over surfing, believes bass clarinets are essential to any marching band, and recently binge watched GoT -- he is very unhappily waiting for next season. He joined the Viterbi School staff after completing his graduate studies in International Relations at USC and is currently responsible for undergraduate and graduate admission programs for the School.
Paul D. Ledesma
Paul currently serves as the Director of Undergraduate Admission for the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. He was born and raised in southern California and is a lifetime Dodgers fan. He enjoys traveling (Italy may be a second home), discovering new restaurants in LA (tacos anyone?), and while he may not qualify as a movie-buff, he loves movies more than one should. He studied Psychology for his bachelor's degree, minored in Public Management, and was active in leadership for community service groups Troy Camp and Dance Marathon while attending USC. When he's not working he enjoys spending time with his wife, daughter, and rescued pup and kitty in Redondo Beach, CA. (well, maybe not the cat so much)
Becky was born and raised in southern California but went east for school and earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Indiana University. She is responsible for coordinating all logistics for our on-campus events and assisting with managing the Viterbi Student Ambassadors.
Angie was born and raised in southern California. She attended UCLA for her undergraduate education and is currently working on a Master's degree at USC (talk about a never-ending internal conflict). She is passionate about education and access for all. At Viterbi, Angie's focus is counseling transfer students on the admission process.
Stacey was born and raised in southern California. She wanted to stay local for college, so she decided to attend USC. She worked as a college adviser at a local high school for two years, and strongly believes in college access for all students. At Viterbi, Stacey counsels high school students and transfer students in the admission process.
Michael was born and raised in a small island town off the coast of Seattle. He went to USC, but he’s still a Pacfic Northwesterner at heart—he loves hiking, reading, and watching the Seattle sports teams disappoint him. At Viterbi, Michael counsels high school and transfer students in the application process.
Allison was born and raised in southern California. In addition to managing the administrative aspects of our operation she is likely one of the first people to greet you when you visit or call. She is a cross-fit fanatic, loves her dog, and can likely talk with you about anything for hours (in a good way!).
Su grew up in the area around USC and went on to receive her B.A. and M.A. degrees from here! When you walk into or call our office, she is likely the first person you will meet. With her son off to college now, she treats the Viterbi students as her own. Ask her about her love of theater or her passion for service and environmental sustainability!
Hear the student's perspective
The Viterbi Student Ambassadors are here to tell you all about their lives as engineers. They remember what it was like to be in your shoes just a few years ago, trying to figure out which school is the best fit for you. Head over to Viterbi Voices to read blogs, watch videos, listen to podcasts and more about their lives. Learn more about engineering life, student orgs, and get to know some current students!