Viterbi Voices:
The Podcast

Stories about Research, Classes, Student Life… and More!

All told by current students, faculty, alumni, and others here at the USC Viterbi School

The Literal Viterbi Voices

This podcast is all about life at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering.  Classes, student organizations, faculty, research, hands-on projects, and don’t forget our social lives outside of class – its all up for discussion with regular appearances and interviews with special guests.

Viterbi Voices: The Podcast is hosted by Paul Ledesma (Director, Undergraduate Admission) and Emily Powis (Biomedical Engineering, Class of 2022).

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Meet The Hosts

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, watches way too much Food Network, and listens to podcasts every day. His current favorites are Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard, Conan Needs a Friend, ID10T with Chris Hardwick, and Up First from NPR. 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.

Emily Powis

Biomedical Engineering, Class of 2022

Within Viterbi, Emily conducts research in 3D ultrasound development. Outside of engineering, Emily is co-captain of the SC Climbing Team, guides outdoor trips with SC Outfitters, works as an Emergency Medical Technician, and helps provide mentorship for K-12 students as a counselor in Troy Camp.

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Explore the Archive:

The Min Family Challenge and Innovating for the Refugee Crisis

Find out about the intersection of engineering innovation and global awareness!

Alumni x Admits Livechat Event

Learn about Viterbi life after graduation!

Engineering for the Real World: Senior Capstone Projects!

What is a senior capstone project?

Mixing AI and Social Good with CAIS++

Learn about the social impact of artificial intelligence!

Spring Break Plans with Rhea, Ying, Cami, and Dominie

What do Viterbi Students do with their Spring Break?

Biomedical Engineering and Pre-Med with Rhea and Nina

What is it like to be pre-med and biomedical engineering here at SC?

Understanding the Science of Sports with Dr. Jill McNitt-Gray

Learn about the intersection of sports, biology, and engineering!

Maseeh Entrepreneurship Prize Competition with Siena and Nash

What are the Maseeh Entrepreneurship Competitions?

Building Startups at USC with Professor Trina Gregory

What does it take to build a startup here at SC?

SC Climbing with Laurence and Elliott

Learn about SC Climbing Team's Community!

Blending Computer Science and Electrical Engineering with Professor Mark Redekopp

What role does computer science play in the electrical engineering industry?

Nanophotonics and Electrical Engineering with Dr. Michelle Povinelli

Learn about the intersection of astro-physics and electrical engineering!

Life after College with Viterbi Career Connections

What professional opportunities can you gain through Viterbi Career Connections?

Professional Development through National Conferences

What is it like to attend professional engineering conferences?

Building the Fastest Rockets with USC Rocket Propulsion Lab

Learn what it takes to build the fastest student designed rockets!

Nuclear Medicine with Professor Cristina Zavaleta

How does nuclear science play a role in biomedical engineering?

The Story of Viterbi Voices: The Podcast

Viterbi Voices 100th Episode!

Viterbi Admission Staff Answer Frequently Asked Questions!

How can you make your application standout?

Fall 2018 Viterbi Livechat!

Learn more about what its like to be a Viterbi student!

Project Management with Professor Geza Bottlik

What is it like to manage large scale engineering projects?