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USC Viterbi School of Engineering

USC Trustee Andrew Viterbi celebrates receiving the National Medal of Science, the highest science and technology honor in the U.S., with engineering students. Viterbi is a member of the board of councilors for the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, which was named in his honor in 2004.

Courses in engineering were first offered at USC in the 1905-06 academic year in the basement of one of the oldest buildings on campus. Today, 165 full-time faculty serve about 1,800 undergraduates and 3,900 graduate students, utilizing state-of-the-art l­aboratories, classrooms, and live interactive high-speed Internet broadcast systems. The USC Andrew and Erna Viterbi School of Engineering's research program of over $170 million per year is funded through strong ties with government and industry.

The USC Viterbi School is an innovative, elite, internationally recognized engineering school that creates new models of education, research and commercialization firmly rooted in real world needs. The first priorities of the faculty and staff are the education of outstanding students and the pursuit and publicaton of research.

As the school's faculty and students extend the frontiers of engineering knowledge through their research, they also apply engineering and technology in interdisciplinary and enabling ways to address societal challenges of the day. The school stimulates and encourages in its students those qualities of scholarship, leadership and character that mark the true academic and professional engineer — to serve California, the nation and the world.

The school prepares students to translate invention to innovation as well as develop students' social consciousness to bring their technical expertise to bear on societal problems. The school also advances the continuing education of engineering and scientific personnel to provide professional engineering leadership in the solution of community, regional, national and global problems.

The USC Viterbi School offers various programs leading to the Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and Engineer degrees; and, through the USC Graduate School, the Doctor of Philosophy degree.


Yannis C. Yortsos, Ph.D., Dean

Maja Matari´c, Ph.D., Senior Associate Dean

John O'Brien, Ph.D., Senior Associate Dean

Cauligi Raghavendra, Ph.D., Senior Associate Dean

Herbert Schorr, Ph.D., Senior Associate Dean

Margery Berti, A.B., Associate Dean

Kelly Goulis, M.S., Associate Dean

Linda Rock, M.A., Associate Dean

Louise A. Yates, M.S., Associate Dean

Christopher Stoy, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer, External Relations