2 Viterbi School Representatives Camillia LeeAssistant Dean, Graduate ProgramsRay XuDirector, China Office, Shanghai
3 Today’s ProgramUniversity of Southern California (USC) and the Viterbi School of Engineering – OverviewResearch OverviewEngineering ProgramsEssential Information for Master’s and PhD ApplicantsTuition, Fees, and VisaWork Experience OpportunitiesDates need to be corrected.
4 Overview: USC and the Viterbi School of Engineering Dates need to be corrected.
5 The University of Southern California Oldest private university in theWestern U.S. – founded in 1880One of the most diverse student populations in the U.S.32,000 students18 professional schoolsLocated in Los AngelesClose to ocean and mountainsAgreeable climate
6 A World Renowned Setting: Los Angeles, California USC is at the heart of the principal world center for aerospace, communications, biotech R&D, commerce, entertainment and the artsLos Angeles provides a setting for numerous cultural, educational and career opportunitiesCalifornia offers rich opportunities for internships and careers, with Silicon Valley to the north and the hub of biotech activity in San Diego, to the south.
7 100 Years of Engineering at USC The Viterbi School is one of the oldest professional schools on the U.S. campusEngineering courses were first offered in1st PhD awarded in 1939 to a chemical engineering student
8 The Viterbi School of Engineering “No name could more appropriately capture the ingenuity and innovation thatpermeates this school.”~ C. L. Max Nikias, USC President
9 Who is Dr. Andrew Viterbi? Earned BS and MS in EE from MITPhD in EE from USCPioneer in the global spread of wireless communicationsOriginated the Viterbi Algorithm for eliminating noise interference from signal transmissions to yield a clear, undamaged messageVisionary engineer andentrepreneur (co-founderof Qualcomm, Inc.)
10 USC Engineering: Points of Distinction International reputation of excellenceWorld-Class Faculty & ResearchA Global Institution in Los Angeles, CaliforniaThe Trojan Family NetworkUnique, dynamic Engineering Programs
11 Why Viterbi? A World-Class School Ranked 11th in U.S. engineering graduate schools (US News & World Report 2011)Ranked 10th in the world among engineering programs (Academic Ranking of World Universities 2010)
12 Viterbi School at a Glance Academic departmentsAME, ASTE, BmE, CEE (Astani), ChEMaSC (Mork), CS, EE (Hsieh), ISE (Epstein)Faculty169 tenure-track faculty, with 53 endowed chairs and professorships, 60 NSF Career Awardees and 17 full-time, tenure-track NAE members (37 total)Student populationApproximately 2,100 Undergraduate and 4,000 Graduate studentsDegrees awarded in academic yearB.S. – 442Ph.D. – 122M.S. – 1433AlumniMore than 65,000+ResearchLeader in funded research + 45 Research Centers
13 Why Viterbi? A World-Class Faculty 37 faculty members elected to the National Academy of Engineering4 winners of the IEEE Shannon Award for excellence in communications (Golomb, Welch, Reed and Viterbi)2002 Co-Winner of the Turing Award (Len Adleman) often described as the “Nobel Prize in computing”13 winners of the Presidential Early Career Award60+ faculty have earned National Science Foundation Career AwardsMeng Boehm & Dean Yortsos Teng Sukhatme Mataric meets President Obama
14 TR 35: Young Innovators at USC Andrea M. ArmaniChemical Engineering and Materials ScienceEllis MengBiomedical EngineeringJernej BarbicComputer ScienceMichelle PovinelliElectrical EngineeringBhaskar KrishnamachariElectrical Engineering
15 Student CommunityUSC has students from all 50 states in the U.S. and an international student population from 101 countries18.6% InternationalEnrollment: 37,000
16 Student LifeOver 750 student-run organizations: academic, cultural, political, recreation, religious, service, socialUSC Athletics!Viterbi Student OrganizationsVGSA Viterbi Graduate Student OrganizationSWE Society of Women Engineers12 Professional SocietiesHonor Societies
17 The Trojan Family: Lifelong and Worldwide Over 233,000 living membersReputed to be one of the largest, most influential and loyal families one can be a part ofOver 65,000 engineering alumniUSC Alumni AssociationFight On!Line (alumni.usc.edu/online)USC Alumni Clubs worldwideTrojans hiring Trojans
18 Student Resources University Support Department Academic Advisor Dedicated Student AffairsGAPP – Graduate Programs OfficeOffice of International ServicesStudent GroupsChinese Students AssociationInternational Student AssemblyVGSA (Viterbi Graduate Student Association)
19 Viterbi Alumni: Ming Hsieh (谢明) B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from USC ViterbiBillionaire Chinese American entrepreneur and philanthropistFounded of AMAX technology and Cogent SystemsNamed the department of Electrical EngineeringUSC Board of Trustees-Born in Guangzhou-Amaz in 1987, Cogent in 1990 (high speed biometric fingerprinting technology)-Named EE dept in 2006 with a $35 million gift
21 A Leader In Research: What’s New at the Viterbi School Jeff Draper and Matt French of ISI participating in an effort to ensure reliability of integrated circuits in military equipmentEllis Meng seeks new ways to deliver and monitor drugs for patients through nanotechnology and wireless communicationTheodore Berger has developed a way to turn memories on and off in rats —literally with the flip of a switchUSC and Metrolink’s (LA’s rail system) pair to improve commuter transportation safety
22 USC Engineering Research Centers and Institutes Home to:Information Sciences Institute (ISI) IT POWERHOUSE: ENGINEERING+Two National Science Foundation (NSF) Engineering Research Centers (ERC)Integrated Media Systems Center (IMSC) MULTIMEDIABiomimetic MicroElectronic Systems Center (BMES) PROSTHETIC DEVICESUniversity Center of Excellence of the U.S. Department of Homeland SecurityCenter for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE)Department of Energy Frontiers Research Center (EFRC) SOLARThe National Center for Metropolitan Transportation Research (METRANS)Biomedical Informatics Research Network (BIRN) BIOINFORMATICSCenter for Health Informatics (CHI) HEALTH INFORMATICSFive Multi-Million Dollars Industry Research Centers (CiSoft- Chevron, Infosys, Pratt and Whitney, Airbus, GE) SMART W ELLS, SOFTWARE, AEROSPACEAffiliated with:Alfred E. Mann Institute for Biomedical Engineering (AMI)Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT)USC Stevens Institute for Innovation
23 Research: New Large Awards DoE Engineering Frontiers Research Center (EFRI)PI Dan Dapkus (EE-P), new DoE programCenter for Health Informatics Renewed at Doubled BudgetLed by Carl Kesselman (ISE)Supported by St. John’s Hospital at $5.3M in Yr1, $11M in Yr2Renewal of the NSF BMES ERC Nearly CompleteLed by Mark Humayun and Gerald Loeb (BME)In its 6th year, renewable to 11ONR MURI Award in Distributed RoboticsLed by Gaurav Sukhatme (CS)DARPA and ONR Grants for Bio-Based Security SystemsLed by Theodore Berger (BME)DARPA Award in Machine VisionLed by Laurent Itti (CS)Partner on an Army Collaborative Technology Alliance (CTA)Led by Ramesh Govindan (CS), 10 years of fundingNIH Transformative R01 Award and NIH Challenge Grant1st led by Richard Roberts (ChemE), 2nd by Clara Lajonchere (BME)Both from new highly competitive NIH programs
24 A Leader In Research45 research centers and institutes overallFor a full listing of Viterbi Research Centers and activities visit:viterbi.usc.edu/research
27 Master’s Programs Civil & Environmental Engineering cont’dConstruction Management (M.C.M.)Environmental EngineeringComputer ScienceCS – Computer NetworksCS – Computer SecurityCS – Game Development (#1 in the U.S.)CS – High Performance Computing & SimulationCS – Human Language TechnologyCS – Intelligent RoboticsComputer Science cont’dCS – Multimedia & Creative TechnologiesCSCI – Software EngineeringElectrical EngineeringComputer EngineeringEE – Computer NetworksEE – Electric PowerEE – Multimedia & Creative TechnologiesEE – TelecommunicationsEE – Wireless Health TechnologyEE – VLSI DesignFinancial Engineering
28 Master’s Programs and Graduate Certificates Industrial & Systems EngineeringEngineering ManagementHealth Systems Management EngineeringManufacturing EngineeringOperations Research EngineeringProduct Development EngineeringSystems Architecting & EngineeringMaterials ScienceMaterials EngineeringGraduate Dual Degree ProgramsM.B.A. / M.S. in Industrial & Systems Engineering
29 New Master’s Degrees Health Systems Management Sustainable Infrastructure SystemsCore Courses + Specialization Options: ME – Energy Conversion, CE – Water & Waste Management, EE – Electric Power, EE – Telecommunications, EE – Wireless Health TechnologyFinancial EngineeringMultidisciplinary program involving engineering, business and economicsProgram focuses on the application of mathematical and engineering tools to financeGreen TechnologiesInterdisciplinary program includes fossil, alternative, energy conversion, energy distribution, energy conservation, environmental engineering, and information and material science approaches to these engineering aspectsAddresses both the supply side in terms of alternative energy sources as well as the demand side in terms of energy efficiency and carbon waste management Health Systems ManagementJoint program with the School of Policy, Planning and Development’sPrepares students for process improvement roles in the health care industry, particularly hospitals and health management organizations
30 Doctoral Programs Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Aerospace EngineeringMechanical EngineeringAstronautical EngineeringBiomedical EngineeringChemical EngineeringPetroleum EngineeringCivil and Environmental EngineeringCivil EngineeringEnvironmental EngineeringComputer ScienceElectrical EngineeringComputer EngineeringIndustrial and Systems EngineeringIndustrial & Systems EngineeringMaterials Science
31 USC Distance Education Network Students benefit from the USC’s innovative Distance Education Network, which enables students to accessand reviewarchived lecturesonline anytime
33 USC Distance Education Network Pioneer in Distance Learning for 40 yearsState-of-the-art facilitiesAdvantage for on-campus studentscourse material available online following live lectureArchived lectures available for review throughout semester – great study tool!Over 80% of Viterbi Master’s Programs are available completely online
34 Essential Information for Applicants Dates need to be corrected.
35 Essential Information for Applicants AdmissionDeadlinesRequirementsTuitionVisaLiving ExpensesScholarships
36 Application Deadlines M.S. DeadlineFall 2012 – February 1, 2012December 15, 2011 for scholarship considerationYour application must be COMPLETE by these deadlines in order to ensure your application will be reviewedApplicants are strongly recommended to submit their applications even earlier in consideration of visa issuesPh.D DeadlineFall 2012 – December 1, 2011 for Fellowship Consideration
37 Application Checklist A complete application consists of:Application with $85.00 feeOfficial sealed transcripts of previous school work beyond high school (original language and English)General GRE test scores (up to 5 years old)TOEFL (recommended)Letters of Recommendation (3 required for PhD)Statement of Purpose for (required PhD)Proof of Financial Support (after admission)When mailing any document to USC, referenceyour unique 10 digit Application ID number
38 Requirements for MS Admission Bachelor’s degree from recognized institution in engineering, math or hard scienceSome programs require specific undergraduate majorsRecommended GPA >3.0 on a 4.0 scaleSatisfactory GRE test scoresAverage incoming GRE scores: Q: 765, V: 490* Students whose grading scale does not use a 4.0 point system will have their cumulative GPA interpreted by the university based on their transcripts.
39 Requirements for MS Admission Additional requirements may applyLetters of RecommendationStatement of PurposeWork experience not required but could be consideredSee viterbi.usc.edu/msdegrees for a complete list of programs and application requirements
40 IMPORTANT Admission Process Your application is reviewed comprehensively – each component of your application is given considerationAll documentation and information you submit in your application packet will be reviewedUSC representatives are not in a position to speculate on your chances of admission – submitting a complete application is the only way a decision can be made
41 Requirements for Ph.D. Admission Bachelor’s degree (minimum) from recognized institution in engineering, math or hard scienceSome programs require specific undergraduate majorsGPA minimum 3.5 on a 4.0 scaleSatisfactory GRE test scoresMinimum quantitative score:7003 Letters of RecommendationStatement of PurposeDemonstrated research ability and experience
42 TOEFLTaking TOEFL is highly recommended but not required for admissionThe required TOEFL score to waive English placement exam (ISE) is a minimum of 100 overall with 20 in each sectionIf you do not have a sufficient TOEFL score, we recommend that you improve your English skills and retake the TOEFL before arriving at USC
43 Graduation Requirements(M.S.) 27-34 units of approved courseworkFull-time students complete in 1 ½ - 2 years4 units graduate work can be transferred upon approvalMinimum 3.0 GPAThesis option available
44 Tuition, Fees & VisaDates need to be corrected.
45 Master’s Programs: Tuition & Fees (2011 – 2012)* Tuition is $1,513 per semester unitOne 3-unit course costs $4,539A 3-unit course meets for 3 hours of lecture per week for 15 weeks (summer courses are condensed)It takes 9-11 courses to complete the degreeMandatory fees are an additional $1,650 per yearBooks approximately $150 – $200 per course-* Tuition and fees are subject to change without notice.
46 Cost Example: Tuition& Fees for a Typical M.S. Degree (27 Units) SemesterTuitionFeesYear 1 TotalFall (6 units)9,078750$10,238Spr (9 units)13,617900$15,267SemesterTuitionFeesYear 2 TotalFall (9 units)13,617750$15,117Spr (3 units)4,539900$5,689TOTAL PROGRAM COST (2 YEARS) $46,311All amounts are based on values. Tuition and fees are subject to change without notice.
47 Proof of Financial Support (After Admitted Into The Program) The U.S. Government requires all international applicants provide proof of ability to pay tuition and living expenses for themselves and their dependents (if applicable) before an I-20 Certificate can be issuedThis document, stating your ability to pay for the first year of tuition and expenses, must be verified by a bank and dated within the last nine monthsThis documented evidence of financial support is for the first year (fall, spring, summer) at USC
48 Proof of Financial Support Applicants who will rely on support from their home government or other official agency (e.g., Fulbright, AMIDEAST) must submit an official financial guarantee letterMissing financial statements will delay the processing of the I-20 or DS-2019Master’s applicants’ financial statement must show funding in an amount equal to or greater than $51,751PhD applicants’ financial statement must show funding equal or greater to $57,795
49 2012 Financial Statement for I-20 MS in EngineeringTuition and Fees $31,828Living Expenses $19,923TOTAL $51,751PhD in EngineeringTuition and Fees $37,872TOTAL $57,795
50 Living ExpensesUniversity housing is increasing its graduate housing off campus (Tuscany apartments – special “Viterbi” rate)Most live in off-campus apartments and share expenses with friendsRent for a two bedroom apartment near USC can be around $1,400+ per month (more economical if you share)
51 Ph.D. Fellowships Three types of fellowships: Annenberg Doctoral FellowshipsProvost’s Doctoral FellowshipsViterbi Dean’s Doctoral FellowshipsPays $30,000 in first yearIn years 2-4 graduate assistantship plus top-off totals $24,000Pay full-time tuition, health benefits and stipend toward living expenses for four yearsSubject to favorable yearly review by faculty of student’s academic and research progress$30,000 for four yearsFirst 2 years are fellowship;Years 3 and 4 are graduate assistantship
52 Ph.D. Assistantships Teaching Assistants* Assist professors with instructional needs of classesResearch Assistants*Research under faculty supervision* Requires:10 or 20 hours per week of work in addition to studiesReceive tuition, health benefits and stipend8 or 12 units of tuition per semesterSome summer awards are available
53 How to avoid DelaysSubmit the application and all required materials as early as possible including your unique 10 digit Application ID number in all your correspondence ( and hard copy)Enter your name, address and passport information EXACTLY as it should appear on your visa application; incorrect information will delay the issuance of your I-20 and student visaYour application status will be updated on the online application systemAfter you submit your application, you will be notified if additional documents are requiredIf online status has not been updated 4-6 weeks after submission,
54 How to avoid Delays Once a decision has been made Online application status will updateYou will receive official notification from the USC Office of Admission by mailIf you have been admittedSubmit any additional documents indicated by the admission letter (financial statement, etc) ASAPSchedule your visa appointment as soon as you receive your I-20
55 Work Experience Opportunities Dates need to be corrected.
56 On Campus JobsExamples: Bookstore, Libraries, Computer labs, Hospitality services, Transportation servicesLimits20 hours/week, fall and spring semesters40 hours/week, summer and university breaksMinimum wage: Starting at $8.00/hourFinding a jobCareer Planning & Placement CenterDaily TrojanMyUSC
57 Work Experience Opportunities Internships (Part time and Full time)CPTCurricular Practical TrainingSEVIS legislation appliesAllowed after two full semesters in F-1 statusFull-time work allowed in summer and final semester for degreeMust be degree relatedOPTOptional Practical TrainingPost GraduationSEVIS legislation appliesUp to 12 monthsCan be full-timeMay be outside LA
58 USC Viterbi Career Services Office Available to Engineering Students:Career fairsOn-campus company interviewsCorporate information sessionsWorkshops for StudentsInterview strategiesResume writingNetworkingNegotiating job offers
59 Where our Alumni are working AmazonAOLCanonChevronCiscoDreamworkseBayEricssonExxonmobilGoogleHewlett PackardHitachiHoneywellIBMIntelMicrosoftMotorolaMySpaceNokia SiemensQualcommSamsungSanDiskVMWareWalt DisneyXeroxYahoo!
60 USC Viterbi Career Services Office These companies have recruited international engineering students. Please note that this list is not complete and is constantly changing.Amazon.comAMDAnson IndustriesAscent MediaBridgestone/FirestoneBroadcom CorporationCypress SemiconductorDassault Systemes of AmericaDeloitte & ToucheDenali Software Electronic ArtsErnst & YoungIntelHayes Lemmerz-InternationalJacobs FacilitiesMicron TechnologyMicrosoft CorporationMindspeed TechnologiesMitsubishi Tecnologies, Inc.MotorolaQualcommRBF ConsultingSandisk CorporationSymantec CorporationTeradyneWalt Disney Imagineering
61 Why Choose USC? Great Location – Los Angeles, CA Exceptional Faculty More than 30 new in past 3 yearsDiverse student body and rich student life at USCGood career and internship opportunitiesThe Trojan Family – truly global alumni networkSupport of our office in Taipei
62 My Personal Experience – Why USC Ray XuShanghai Jiao Tong University 06’University of Southern California MS ISE 07’Logistics Engineer, Kuehne + Nagel 08’-10’Supply Chain Manager, Giochi Preziosi USA 10’-11’
63 My Personal Experience – Why USC FriendshipsReputation/USC BrandDistance Education NetworkClass video/Note downloadableInteraction with DEN studentsFinding a jobCompanies regularly come to campus to do interviewsUSC Viterbi has its own career centerDaily s of job notices from the departmentProfessors simultaneously working for or collaborate with companies in the areaSilicon Valley: 硅谷 GuīgǔSpecialized programs are a result of the special research that is going on at USCMany special classes and specialized tracks in each major and field (give some examples)Emphasize USC’s location and proximity to the technology innovation
64 My Personal Experience – Why USC School PrideWould I help an alumni that I have never met before?Most Schools such as UCLA: NoUSC: YesNetworkingDiversitySilicon Valley: 硅谷 GuīgǔSpecialized programs are a result of the special research that is going on at USCMany special classes and specialized tracks in each major and field (give some examples)Emphasize USC’s location and proximity to the technology innovation
65 Contact InformationCamillia Lee USC Viterbi School of Engineering Graduate Programs