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Connecting Culture and Leadership in USC Viterbi

Recent USC Viterbi School of Engineering graduate, Vanessa Pangbourne (B.S. Chemical Engineering), was able to grow as a leader through her time with the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE). Having lived in a few countries throughout Latin America, Vanessa knew her freshman year she wanted to stay connected with her roots, while also staying involved with her love of engineering. SHPE ended up being the perfect match. As she moved through positions in the executive board, she was able to improve outreach for the organization, and was elected president her senior year. Being president challenged Vanessa in ways she was not expecting, but it made her a stronger leader. Read more about Vanessa’s experience in SHPE in Viterbi News.

You can also read more about Vanessa’s #ViterbiLife as a chemical engineer on Viterbi Voices.

Stacey Badger

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.

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