I chose Viterbi for my PhD program because of the great work being done at the now USC Eye Institute. There were a lot of great projects aimed at helping the blind. Also, the great support I received from the Biomedical Engineeing department made me comfortable in remaining at USC.
Being a ‘lifetime Trojan’, and having been here from my undergrad through my PhD program, I am surprised by how much USC has grown in a decade. And I’m excited to see how much it will grow in the next ten years.
I study the human interface considerations of a mobility device for the visually impaired. It is my job to determine and explore aspects that contribute to making the device intuitive for the user, so it is conducive for everyday use.
Hands-down my research advisor, Dr. James Weiland. He has been an amazing source of support and learning throughout my time in the Ph.D. program. In close second is the Biomedical Engineering department and the wonderful advisors (Chris and Mischal) that have helped me along my journey.