Blog Intro

Welcome to our department blog. Here, our students, professors, and alumni can share personal stories and insights.

We encourage or community members to use this space as a forum for anything interesting within the world of USC and Electrical Engineering that they might want to talk about. If you have an idea for an article – even a rough idea – send us an email!

Think You Know About PhD Life? Think Again.

August 11, 2017

There are no precedents or playbooks or standard protocol when it comes to a PhD. There’s no existing method of doing something. There’s no training new recruits in the way things are “generally” done. You do things your way.

Engineers With A Cause

July 28, 2017

We sometimes feel that everything we do should be engineering-related and career focused. It’s easy to forget to look around and help others, when in fact this is the most important responsibility an engineer has to society.

The Seemingly Eternal Abyss of PhD Candidacy

June 30, 2017

There is a reason professors with PhD students are called “advisors”. We have a responsibility beyond just making sure our students gain technical knowledge. We must also help them navigate the emotional and professional challenges of life as a PhD student.

Electrical Engineering: My Window into a Diverse World

June 15, 2017

As a polymath, I chose engineering because it was the best lens through which to understand many things I’m passionate about: community, problem-solving, math, music, fitness, physics, technology, and more.

In Memory of Dr. John O’Brien, My Supervisor and Friend.

April 19, 2017

John, I know you worked very hard and handled so many things with your patience, insight and intelligence. Day and night, weekend and holidays – for the school and for us. You might be a little bit tired. It’s time to take a break, get some sleep, and rest in peace.

What will humans do next? Ask a machine

April 7, 2017

New advancements in machine learning are getting the technology closer than ever to predicting the behavior of the most unpredictable of subjects – humans.

The machines are coming!

April 5, 2017

Neural networks and AI shouldn’t be seen as a technology that will replace humanity. Instead, it can lead to an era of greatly improved human understanding and communication.

A PhD Student From Nepal Discovers He Isn’t Alone

March 13, 2017

Last month I organized the first ever Open House for EE PhD students. It was a chance for all of us, despite our different areas of research and backgrounds to come together, get to know each other, and maybe even collaborate.