Meet The Staff

Our Staff

As part of the Admission & Student Affairs 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 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.

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  (213) 740-4530

Louise A. Yates

Sr. Associate Dean, Admission & Student Affairs

Senior Associate Dean Yates was born and raised in Ohio and likes her chili 3 ways. She attended the University of Cincinnati and California State University at Long Beach for her undergraduate work and USC for her graduate work in Higher Education. In addition to her work with undergraduate admission, she is responsible for all areas of a Viterbi student's undergraduate experience: Academic Advisement, Student Engagement & Career Connections, Center for Engineering Diversity, all special programs, and PreCollege Outreach programs.

Matthew O'Pray

Associate Dean, Admission

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

Director, Undergraduate Admission

Paul was born and raised in southern California and is a lifetime Dodgers fan. He enjoys traveling, discovering new restaurants in LA, and may not qualify as a ``cinefile,`` but 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 and daughter in Redondo Beach, CA.

Rebecca Beiter

Associate Director, Undergraduate Admission

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.

Michael Cox

Assistant Director, Undergraduate Admission

Michael was born and raised in a small island town eight miles off the coast of Seattle. He went to USC for college, but he’s still a Pacfic Northwesterner at heart—he loves hiking, skiing, reading, and watching the Seattle sports teams disappoint him. At Viterbi, Michael helps counsel freshmen and transfer students throughout the application process.

Bria Jamison

Graduate Associate, Undergraduate Admission

Bria recently graduated with her degree in Environmental Engineering from Viterbi and is currently pursuing her M.S. in Green Technologies Engineering. As the Graduate Associate, Bria coordinates a number of our events in addition to meeting with prospective students.

Administrative Support

Allison Weiner

Business Administrator, Admission & Student Affairs

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 Stevens

Administrative Assistant, Admission & Student Affairs

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

Viterbi Student Ambassadors

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!

Student Staff


Administrative Intern

Major: Mathematics and Enterprise Information Systems
Graduation: December 2019
Involvement: Math Club
Fun Fact: Julia is the middle child of 5 siblings!


Admission Intern

Major: Biological Sciences
Graduation: May 2020
Involvement: Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority
Fun Fact: I went to a performing arts high school!


Admission Intern

Major: Mechanical Engineering
Graduation: May 2021
Involvement: Recumbent Vehicle Design Team
Fun Fact: My favorite color is red!


Admission Intern

Major: Biomedical Engineering
Graduation: May 2022
Involvement: Society of Women Engineers
Fun Fact: I'm obsessed with dogs! (especially labs)


Admission Intern

Major: Mechanical Engineering
Graduation: May 2022
Involvement: Rocket Propulsion Lab
Fun Fact: I'm an astronomy geek!


Admission Intern

Major: Electrical Engineering
Graduation: May 2022
Involvement: Swimming
Fun Fact: I was born in Turkey and raised in NY!

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