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Careers at the Cutting Edge of Engineering

A virtual panel discussion series with distinguished professors, industry leaders and experts in higher education.

USC Viterbi presents Careers at the Cutting Edge of Engineering, a series of panel discussions with prestigious academicians and industry experts to explore and gain insight into leading careers in some of the most exciting fields of engineering - Civil Engineering, Data Science, Engineering Management, Cyber Security, Biomedical Engineering, Machine Learning and Game Development.

Who Should View the Webinars?
Students who have earned or are in the process of earning a Bachelor's degree in engineering, math or hard science and who are looking to decide on a career path in a particular field will find these virtual panel discussions useful. Tech enthusiasts looking to build a career in these fields will also find this insightful.

What is discussed?

  1. What is this technical area, emerging areas, why it is important and what are the opportunities for growth in the future.
  2. How is this field relevant to the industry today. What are the skill sets valued by the industry? Hiring trends and industry skills and demands.
  3. What is USC Viterbi seeing on the ground in terms of hiring for this area.

Bonus Video: Building a Career at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering

Recorded October 12, 2022

Webinar - How to Finance Your Graduate Education

Careers at the Cutting Edge of Engineering - Topics

The second edition of the Careers at the Cutting Edge of Engineering panel discussions are open to register now. The previously recorded Careers webinars are available for viewing below. For questions about these events, please contact us at

Trends in Civil Engineering


  • Lucio Soibelman, PH.D., NAC, Dist.M.ASCE, F.ASCE, Professor Dept of Civil Engineering, USC Viterbi
  • Joao Carneiro, Sr. VDC/BIM Specialist

Engineering Management vs. MBA


  • Geza Bottilik, Director of Masters of Engineering Management Program, USC Viterbi
  • Vivek Bhuta, Senior Director, Turnaround and Restructuring Strategy, EY Parthenon
  • Swathi Shetty, Technical Business Analyst, Saviynt California, MS in Engineering Management USC Viterbi

Trends in Applied Data Science


  • Dr. Yolanda Gil, Senior Director for Major Strategic AI and Data Science Initiatives, USC Viterbi Information Sciences Institute (ISI)
  • Haripriya Dharmala, Software Engineer, Boeing, MS in Computer Science, USC Viterbi

Careers in Computer/Cyber Security


Professor Clifford Neuman, University of Southern California
Mr. Sridhar Jayanthi, Sr. VP, Endpoint Security at EclecticIQ
Mrs. Candace House Teixeira, Associate Dean, Corporate Engagement and Programs, USC Viterbi


Professor Michael Khoo, University of Southern California
Mr. Rinda Sama, COO, Axonics Modulation Technologies Inc
Mrs. Candace House Teixeira, Associate Dean, Corporate Engagement and Programs, USC Viterbi


Professor Keith Chugg, University of Southern California
Mr. Ranjeet Shetye, Center Head, Resilinc
Mrs. Candace House Teixeira, Associate Dean, Corporate Engagement and Programs, USC Viterbi


Professor Petros Iaonnou, University of Southern California, Director, Financial Engineering Program
Dr. Ashwin Rao, VP of AI at Target & Adjunct Faculty at Stanford
Mrs. Candace House Teixeira, Associate Dean, Corporate Engagement and Programs, USC Viterbi


Dr. Sandeep Gupta, University of Southern California, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Bivraj Koradia, Physical Design Lead, Marvell Semiconductor
Mrs. Candace House Teixeira, Associate Dean, Corporate Engagement and Programs, USC Viterbi


Professor Mike Zyda, University of Southern California
Mr. Bharathwaj Nandakumar, Lead Engineer, Retro Studios, Entrepreneur
Mrs. Candace House Teixeira, Associate Dean, Corporate Engagement and Programs, USC Viterbi

Our Panelists

Speaker Profiles:

Lucio Soibelman

USC Viterbi

Professor Soibelman obtained his bachelor and master’s degrees from UFRGS, Brazil. He worked as a construction manager for 10 years before obtaining his PhD in 1998 at MIT. He was a faculty in UIUC and CMU before he joined USC as the Chair of the CEE department in 2012. During the last 25 years he focused his research on advanced data acquisition, management, visualization, and mining for construction and operations of advanced infrastructure systems. He received the ASCE Computing in Civil Engineering Award, the FIATECH Outstanding Researcher Celebration of Engineering & Technology Innovation, or CETI, Award, the ASCE Richard R. Torrens Award, and the ASCE Construction Institute Construction Management award. He is an ASCE fellow, an ASCE Distinguished Member, a member of the National Academy of Construction and a member of the Pan American Academy of Engineering.

Joao Carneiro

Sr. VDC/BIM Specialist

Joao P. Carneiro is a Civil Engineer born in Belem, the second largest city in the Brazilian Amazon Forest. During his master’s program, Joao was introduced to Building Information Modeling, and other concepts widely used by American contractors. At the same time, Joao was introduced to research by Dr. Becerik, Dr. Soibelman, and Dr. Heydarian, who was a Ph.D. student at the time. With this newfound love for research and technology, Joao decided to pursue his Ph.D. During his Ph.D. program at the University of Southern California, Joao focused on occupant lighting choices, data visualization, and virtual and augmented reality. After 3.5 years, Joao dropped out of his Ph.D. program to return to the construction industry. Joao was promptly hired to be one of the Los International Airport (LAX) Automated People Mover (APM) BIM coordinators. Joao is responsible for coordinating two stations, and all pedestrian bridges that connect the APM stations to the terminals. 

Geza Bottlik

Associate Professor
USC Viterbi

Geza Bottlik is the Director of the Masters of Engineering Management Program at USC. He is an Associate Professor of Engineering Practice in the department of Industrial and Systems Engineering where he has been teaching for the last 31 years. He has taught a variety of courses in Project and Engineering Management, Scheduling and Planning, Statistics and Supply Chain Design. His degrees, from Manhattan college and USC are in Mechanical Engineering. A few of his years of teaching overlap with his 34 years of experience in industry in computer hardware design, xerographic research, manufacturing and industrial engineering management as well as finance. 

Dr. Yolanda Gil

Principal Scientist

Dr. Yolanda Gil is the Senior Director for Major Strategic AI and Data Science Initiatives USC's Information Sciences Institute (ISI). As Principal Scientist she leads the Interactive Knowledge Capture research group focusing on intelligent interfaces for knowledge capture. A recent focus is assisting scientists with intelligent systems that analyze data, test hypotheses, and make new discoveries. She is also a Research Professor in the Department of Computer Science and in the Spatial Sciences Institute at USC and Director of the Data Science Program at USC. She designed an innovative course for teaching data science to non-programmersI am also Director of the USC Center for Knowledge-Powered Interdisciplinary Data Science (CKIDS). DataFest is a recurring, semester-long event at USC where students from different backgrounds and programs get hands-on experience in faculty-guided projects involving data science.

Harpriya Dharmala

Software Engineer

Priya Dharmala is a Software Engineer at Boeing, who recently graduated from USC with a Masters in Computer Science. During her time there, she served as the President of USC’s graduate data science organization, GRIDS (Graduates Rising in Informatics and Data Science), which supports graduate student interests in Data Science through research projects, workshops, and mentoring. Priya worked in the AI division at Information Sciences Institute (ISI) for a year to help create autonomous solutions to assist neuroscientists. Additionally, she has also worked on research in Natural Language Processing and Computational Social Science. Her interests include using Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to solve real-world, interdisciplinary problems.

Vivek Bhuta

Sr. Director
EY Parthenon

Vivek is a Senior Director at EY Parthenon within its Turnaround & Restructuring Strategy practice focusing on operational and cash improvements and has been with the firm for about 5 years based out of Irvine, CA. He has 10+ years of global management consulting and industry experience serving more than 30 companies in over a dozen sectors, including several large $10B+ large cap companies. Vivek’s diverse background includes operations turnaround, working capital, supply chain engineering, advanced analytics, transaction services and program management. Prior to EY, Vivek was a Manager at PwC Strategy& (formerly Booz & Company) and previously a Senior Associate with PwC’s PRTM Management Consulting practice. He holds a Master of Science, Engineering Management degree from USC Viterbi and a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from University of Mumbai, India.

Swathi Shetty

Technical Business Analyst

Swathi is a Technical Business Analyst at Saviynt Inc. She graduated from USC Viterbi School of Engineering with a Masters in Engineering Management in May '20 with many accolades. Swathi has certifications in Supply Chain and Optimization, Business Analytics and a L.E.A.D certification. Swathi was the President of the Association of International Graduate Students at USC, along with the President of the Engineering Management Students Association. She was a resident assistant at Gradfam West, a Teaching Assistant and won the MIT MEMPC Design and Pitch competition. 

Clifford Neuman

USC Viterbi

Prof. Clifford Neuman is Director of the USC Center for Computer Systems Security, a Scientist with USC's Information Sciences Institute, and faculty member in the Computer Science Department where he oversees USC's computer security curricula. Dr. Neuman received an S.B. degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Upon completion he spent a year working for MIT’s Project Athena where he was a principal designer of the Kerberos authentication system, widely used today on all major computer systems for enterprise network login. Dr. Neuman completed graduate studies in the Computer Science Department of the University of Washington, receiving a Ph.D. in 1992.

Mr. Sridhar Jayanthi

Sr. VP, Endpoint Security
at EclecticIQ

Sridhar Jayanthi was the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of the transformational cyber security company PolyLogyx LLC. In May 2020, PolyLogyx was acquired by Netherlands-based EclecticIQ, where Sridhar will be driving the endpoint security business as Senior Vice President. Previously, Sridhar held global executive roles at FireEye and McAfee, responsible for establishing and managing product teams in United States, Europe and India. Sridhar has a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Madras and master’s degrees in Engineering from State University of New York and Northwestern University.

Candace House Teixeira

Associate Dean
Corporate Engagement and Programs, USC Viterbi

Candace House Teixeira is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Policy, Planning and Development at USC, researching engineering continuing education pathways at research institutions. She leads the development of executive and continuing education programs, outreach and marketing efforts for professionals seeking graduate engineering education, recruitment and conversion efforts for DEN@Viterbi (online) engineering programs and high school summer programs, and oversees the engineering career center. Teixeira has served on the USC Viterbi Industry Advisory Board, Corporate Council, and was a Lecturer for the Information Technology Program.

Michael Khoo

USC Viterbi

Michael C.K. Khoo received his undergraduate training in mechanical engineering from Imperial College, University of London. He obtained his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in bioengineering from Harvard University. He is currently Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Pediatrics. He previously served as Department Chair of Biomedical Engineering. Dr. Khoo is a Fellow of the IEEE, Biomedical Engineering Society, the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering and the International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering.  Dr. Khoo’s research focuses on disorders in cardiorespiratory control during sleep and their interactions with cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity. 

Rinda Sama

COO, Axonics
Modulation Technologies

Mr. Rinda Sama has more than 15 years of Class III medical device experience in various incremental roles. He currently works as a Chief Operating Officer at Axonics Modulation Technologies, a NASDAQ listed medical device company. Prior to Axonics, Mr. Sama was the Director of Operations and Quality at Vessix Vascular Inc which was acquired by Boston Scientific.  He worked as the Director of Program Management  and Site Lead at Boston Scientific. Mr. Sama holds a Master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Southern California and an MBA from the University of California, Irvine.

Keith Chugg

USC Viterbi

Keith Chugg is a Professor and Associate Chair in the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and has been a member of the faculty since 1996. Prof. Chugg currently conducts research in the area of hardware acceleration of deep learning systems. He teaches graduate and undergraduate classes in the areas of Probability and Statistics, Signals and Systems, Digital Communications and Coding, and Deep Learning. He also has research interests in digital communications theory and signal processing. He is a co-founder of TrellisWare Technologies, a company in San Diego, CA employing over 250 people and a leading supplier of wireless technology to the US government and allied countries. He is an IEEE Fellow and was awarded the ASEE Frederick Emmons Terman Award in 2008  and Fred Ellersick Award for the outstanding unclassified paper at Milcom in 2003.

Ranjeet Shetye

Center Head,
Resilnic Corporation

With over 18 years of experience in leadership roles, Ranjeet has been a key part of successful startups like Airespace, PicoMobile, Zultys, and Internet Devices. He is an investor in Resilinc, USA – a Bay-area startup that provides a cloud-based Supply Chain analytics and resiliency solution. He is also a Limited Partner in the VC firm YourNest, which makes early investments in emerging areas. As Managing Director, Ranjeet bootstrapped Resilinc's India office to over 180 world class Engineers and Data Scientists. He also played the role of Architect and VP Engineering, building the Big Data solution for Supply Chain. Currently he is setting up Resilinc's US R&D Center (AI/ML) in Austin. Apart from his robust cross-disciplinary involvements and business exposure, Ranjeet holds patents in secure and efficient mobile computing.

Petros A. Ioannou

USC Viterbi

Petros A. Ioannou received his BSc degree from University College London and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois, in 1978, 1980 and 1982, respectively. In 1982, he joined the Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Southern California where he is currently the A.V. ‘Bal’ Balakrishnan Chair Professor, the Director of the Center of Advanced Transportation Technologies and the Associate Director for Research of METRANS, a University Transportation Center. He also holds a courtesy appointment with the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering and the Department of Industrial Systems Engineering. He is the founder and director of the Master program on Financial Engineering at the University of Southern California. He is a Fellow of IEEE, IFAC, AAAS and IET and the author/co-author of 8 books and over 400 research papers.

Ashwin Rao

VP of Artificial Intelligence
Target Corporation

Ashwin Rao is Vice-President of Artificial Intelligence at Target Corporation where he and his team work on problems involving Demand Forecasting, Supply-Chain Optimization, Dynamic Pricing, Recommendation Systems, Search, and Marketing Science. Ashwin is also Adjunct Faculty in Applied Mathematics at Stanford University, leading Stanford's Mathematical and Computational Finance Program. Previously, Ashwin had a 14-year-long career on Wall Street - he was a Trading Strategist at Goldman Sachs in the area of Interest Rate and Mortgage Derivatives, and was subsequently a Managing Director of Market Modeling at Morgan Stanley. Ashwin's current research and teaching is in AI for Adaptive Decisioning under Uncertainty, with focus on Reinforcement Learning algorithms. Ashwin holds a B.Tech. in Computer Science from IIT-Bombay and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from USC, where his thesis was in the field of Algorithmic Abstract Algebra.

Dr. Sandeep Gupta

USC Viterbi

Sandeep Gupta received his B. Tech. degree in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India, in 1985, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA, USA, in 1989 and 1991, respectively. He is a Professor at the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA. At the University of Southern California, he has served in various roles, including as the President of Academic Senate and the Chair of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department – Systems.

His current research interests include design, test, validation of digital hardware, especially emerging technologies, and software.

Bivraj Koradia

Physical Design Lead
Marvell Semiconductor

Bivraj Koradia has over 12 years of experience in the Hi-Tech Semiconductor Industry. He is currently Physical Design Lead in the ARM Server Processor Group at Marvell Semiconductor in Santa Clara, California. In the past Bivraj has worked in various domains of VLSI like Verification, Post-Silicon Test Engineering and Validation, Circuit Design, Physical Design at companies in India and the United States. He is constantly striving to connect Academia and Industry and has delivered several lectures in topics related to VLSI and Semiconductor Industry trends.

Michael Zyda

Founding Director
USC Computer Science Games Program

Michael Zyda is the Founding Director of USC's Computer Science Games Program, and a Professor of Engineering Practice in the USC Department of Computer Science. At USC, he founded the Computer Science Games Program and the year-long advanced game projects course that forms the core of USC Games and took that program from no program to the #1 Games program in the world. That program has been rated #1 by the Princeton Review for ten of the last eleven years. His alums have shipped games played by over 5 billion players, about $250B in revenue and $2.5B in payroll to those alums. 

Bharathwaj Nandakumar

Lead Engineer
Retro Studios

Bharathwaj "Bat" Nandakumar is a veteran game developer with over a decade of experience working in the trenches on a wide range of high profile AAA video games. He currently leads Technical Engineering at Retro Studios, a subsidiary of Nintendo based in Austin, Texas. Prior to joining Retro Studios, he led Data Instrumentation and Analytics as well as the PC Platform for Black Ops 4. He has been actively involved in new R&D initiatives for online, user centric and cutting edge features such as Theater Mode (a replay system for movie making) and CoDCaster (an e-sports focussed shoutcaster system) for the Call of Duty franchise. Outside of video game development, Bharathwaj also serves as an advisor for a couple of tech start-ups and is the founder of a non-profit initiative that works to provide solutions for social issues. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) and Links

Prospective Applicants

Q1. How can I apply to USC Viterbi? What is the deadline to apply?

A) You can find the steps on how to apply here.
Application deadlines here:

Q2. Is the GRE and IELTS/TOEFL exam required for me to apply?

A) GRE score submission has been waived off for Fall 2022.  Although TOEFL/IELTS is required for admission, all complete applications receive a full review regardless of the TOEFL/IELTS scores submitted. Visit USC Graduate Admission’s English Proficiency page for detailed information about TOEFL/IELTS requirements.

Q3. Can I get my profile evaluated to know my chances of admittance?

A) Unfortunately, we do not provide profile evaluations. In order to know whether you will be admitted, you will have to submit an application.

Q4. When can I start my internship?

A) Your CPT (curriculum practical training), which allows you to intern, is activated after two full semesters on-campus. In case of part-time internships on campus, you can work up to 20hrs/week once you arrive on campus and get a social security number.

Q5. What are the tuition fees and living expenses?

A) An estimated fee structure can be found here:

Q4. Whom can I contact if I have further questions?

A) You can book a meeting with a USC Viterbi representative, or you can write to 

Q5. Am I eligible to apply if I have a 3-year Bachelor's degree?

A) Students with a 3-year Bachelor's degree are eligible to apply for these Master's programs only: Communication Data Science; Analytics; and Engineering Management. In order to be considered for all other graduate programs at USC Viterbi School of Engineering, the following is required:

  • 4-year Bachelor Degree earned at an institution recognized by the University Grants Commission (UGC)
  • 3-year Bachelor Degree AND  a Master’s Degree earned at an institution recognized by the University Grants Commission (UGC)
  • 3-year Bachelor Degree AND at least 1 additional year of postgraduate study earned at an institution recognized by the University Grants Commission (UGC)

Tuition and Financial Documentation


Tuition and fees information for our graduate engineering students can be found on our Tuition & Fees page. This information is as current as possible. However, tuition and fees are adjusted every fall and we are unable to provide the new Fall tuition rate until it has been announced by the university. We realize for students that are applying for loans, this can pose a challenge as some banks want the tuition for the upcoming fall. However, we have found most banks are understanding when it is explained that the information is not available.

For your convenience, there are Estimated Cost of Attendance PDF documents with a typical breakdown of tuition and fees depending on the number of units required to earn the degree. If you do not know how many units are required for your program, that information is available on our program pages.

Financial Documentation

Information on the Proof of Financial Documentation (including how much is needed and how to submit it) can be found on the Graduate Admission Financial Documentation page. If you need it, here is a link to a Sponsorship form. (One is required for every person that is providing funding for your graduate studies.)

Tips & Pointers:

  • Program costs for the I-20 are calculated for immigration purposes only and should not be considered a bill of expense and do not accurately reflect a student's actual cost of attendance. For estimated actual costs, use our Estimated Cost of Attendance PDF documents.
  • The cost estimated for immigration purposes (I-20) is not negotiable
  • If your spouse and/or children will be accompanying you, make sure to include their costs in the Proof of Financial Support documentation

Information on what constitutes acceptable financial documentation can be found here. If you still have questions after reviewing the information there, you will need to contact the USC Graduate Admission Office using their online form.

IMPORTANT: Please check your email for further instructions on how and where to submit Financial Documents.

Webinar - Pros and Cons of a Spring Start

IMPORTANT: Deadlines mentioned in the webinar are subjective. Please refer to email communications from Graduate Admissions for your deadline.

Spring Semester Pros and Cons and FAQ's

IMPORTANT: Deadlines mentioned in the webinar are subjective. Please refer to email communications from Graduate Admissions for your deadline.

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