Student Activities

USC AeroDesign

The AeroDesign Team (ADT) is the University of Southern California’s entrant in the annual AIAA/Cessna/Raytheon Design Build Fly competition.

ADT provides a hands-on approach for students to learn and understand flight in a practical setting outside of the classroom, while using principles and theory we learn in our classes.

Advisor: Saakar Byahut

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USC Racing

The University of Southern California chapter of Formula SAE (FSAE).

USC Racing is an entirely student-run organization that designs, constructs, tests, and races high-performance autocross racecars.

Advisors: Rodney Yates and Yann Staelens

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Recumbent Vehicle Design Team

Recumbent Vehicle Design Team (RVDT) is USC’s entrant into the annual ASME Human Powered Vehicle Challenge.

RVDT designs novel human powered vehicles to meet the ASME challenge of sustainability, practicality, and performance.

Advisor: Matthew Gilpin

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AIAA Student Chapter

The USC AIAA Branch was re-chartered in 1981. Our purpose is to advance the arts, sciences, and technology of aeronautics and astronautics and to foster and promote the professionalism of those engaged in these pursuits

Advisor: Geoff Spedding

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Pi Tau Sigma

Pi Tau Sigma is the University of Southern California’s Tau Beta Chapter.

“A Mechanical Engineering Honor Society striving to create better engineers through commitment to academic excellence and dedication to service.”

Advisors: Bo Jin

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The American Society of Mechanical Engineers

USC mechanical engineers have the resources to be academically competent, so the student American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) chapter aims to cultivate networking, provide contacts to industry, promote technical competency, and enhance their professionalism. It is a Mecca for engineers to learn and get excited about the field of Mechanical Engineering.

Advisor: Ben Yang

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USC Advanced Spacecraft Propulsion and Energy Laboratory

Founded in August 2018, the Advanced Spacecraft Propulsion and Energy
(ASPEN) Laboratory at USC is the nation’s only student-led research group
focused on modeling nuclear-based spacecraft propulsion systems. Initially comprised of eight undergraduate students, and three faculty advisors, the team has grown to include nineteen undergraduates from across engineering disciplines. 

Advisors: Matthew Gilpin and Lubos Brieda (ASTE)

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Published on March 13th, 2017

Last updated on February 25th, 2024