Diversity at the Viterbi School of Engineering


Interested in Advancing Your Education and Career?

We invite you to explore the ways in which Viterbi supports students from diverse backgrounds and populations. We also look forward to meeting many of you at the upcoming diversity conferences and recruitment fairs where you can learn more about our M.S., Ph.D and Summer Research opportunities!

The USC Viterbi School of Engineering takes pride as a preeminent engineering institution in sharing the responsibility of producing high-quality and diverse graduates fully reflective of our pluralistic society to fulfill the 21st century technical workforce needs of this country and the global community at large. Through our world-class faculty, rich academic programs, stellar student services and mentoring resources, we are committed to attracting, retaining, training, and graduating our outstanding students. We seek to aid in the Engineering of professionals that are life-long learners and are equipped with a diversified skill set that is best suited to discover, integrate, and adapt to new knowledge and experiences dynamically and effectively as the technology, culture, and needs of the global society continue to evolve.

We are proud of our diverse community and strive to ensure that all members of Viterbi, experience equity, access and opportunity–both in and out of the classroom. Our faculty and staff are dedicated to supporting and promoting the diversity and inclusion of all students. Please explore the various resources, programs and events on this site to get more information on how you can be an active participant in our commitment to diversity.

Upcoming Webinars

Graduate School vs. Industry: Navigating The Graduate School LandscapeWednesday, October 7
4:00pm PDT
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MS vs PhD Choosing your Adventure!Wednesday, October 21
4:00pm PDT
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USC Joint Graduate School HBCU WebinarMonday, October 26
2:00pm PDT
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USC Master's and Progressive Degree OptionsWednesday, November 4
5:00pm PDT
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Life as a Viterbi Engineering StuentThursday, November 12
4:00pm PDT
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How to build your Research PortfolioWednesday, November 18
3:00pm PDT
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Programs and Resources

Funding for underrepresented students pursuing Master’s and Doctoral programs

Merit based Master’s scholarships

3 day visitation program

Graduate visitation program for Cal State University students

Student resources, programs, and organizations

Explore current engineering research


Student Spotlight


Name: Emily Anne Vargas

Program: Ph.D Materials Science

  • Research Projects
     Investigating process-structure and structure-property relationships of oxide-oxide composites (CMCs)
     Cold spray deposition of Aluminum onto thermoplastics and composites for replacing metallic components and other applications
  •  Publications
     Li, Min-Yang Li, Yang, Mingchia, Vargas, E. A., Neff, Kyle, Vanli, Arda, Liang, Richard. (2016). Analysis of Variance on Thickness and Electrical Conductivity measurements of Carbon Nanotube Thin Films” (MST-103732.R1)
     Yang, Mingchia, Li, Min-Yang Li, Vargas, E. A., Luo, Sida, Liang, Richard. (2016).”Real-time monitoring of carbon nanotube dispersion using dynamic light scattering and UV-vis spectroscopy” (DOI 10.1007/s00170-015-7348-z)
     Vargas, E. A. (2015). A Study on Sonication Dispersion Parameters for Batch production of Carbon Nanotube Buckypaper. Retrieved from http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_migr_uhm-0585

Upcoming Events and Conferences

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Questions? Contact Kevin Henry at khenry@usc.edu.