University of Southern California

USC Viterbi School of Engineering

Faculty and undergraduates from the USC Viterbi School of Engineering show their spirit in the Piazza Trilussa in Trastevere, Rome as part of the school’s summer European program. While taking two major-related courses and exploring the local environs, students learn more about other cultures as well as gain perspective on technology issues in other countries. As evidenced in this photo, a growing number of women are entering the engineering field; 38 percent of the Viterbi School’s 2013 freshman class was female, which is almost exactly twice the national average for undergraduate engineering enrollments.

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, 202 full-time, tenure track faculty (and more than 330 total full-time faculty) serve about 2,800 undergraduates in major and minor programs and almost 4,900 graduate students, utilizing extensive and technically advanced laboratories, classrooms and live interactive high-speed Internet broadcast systems. Government and industry annually fund nearly $181 million worth of research.

USC Viterbi is innovative, elite and internationally recognized for creating new models of education, research and commercialization that are firmly rooted in real world needs. The school’s first priorities are the education of outstanding students and the pursuit and publication of new research.

As the school’s faculty and students extend the frontiers of engineering knowledge through their research, they also apply engineering and technology to address societal challenges. The school stimulates and encourages qualities of scholarship, leadership, ambition and character that mark the true academic and professional engineer — to serve California, the nation and the world. At USC Viterbi, we call this the enabling power of Engineering+.

Viterbi undergraduate support programs complement and strengthen the academic experience, enhancing both depth and scope. Viterbi graduate education is outstanding preparation for advanced research and professional careers. The Ph.D. program is built around fellowships, teaching assistantships and research appointments, and produces a steadily growing core of doctoral graduates across the disciplines. The master’s and professional programs are national and global leaders in advanced training for professional engineers.


Yannis C. Yortsos, Ph.D., Dean

John O’Brien, Ph.D., Executive Vice Dean

Maja Matarić, Ph.D., Vice Dean

James E. Moore II, Ph.D., Vice Dean

Prem Natarajan, Ph.D., Vice Dean

Timothy Pinkston, Ph.D., Vice Dean

S. Joe Qin, Ph.D., Vice Dean

Cauligi Raghavendra, Ph.D., Vice Dean

Linda Rock, M.A., Vice Dean

Herbert Schorr, Ph.D., Vice Dean

Kelly Goulis, M.S., Senior Associate Dean

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

David Murphy, Chief Financial Officer