University of Southern California

USC Viterbi School of Engineering

Ranked by U.S. News & World Report ninth on its list of the best graduate engineering schools, the USC Viterbi School of Engineering emphasizes innovation, research and professional training — enabling students to meet technical and creative challenges. Here members of the USC Engineers Without Borders chapter put those skills to good use on a trip to Honduras, where they provided clean water to rural villages through dam construction and a rainwater catchment system.

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, 177 full-time, tenure track faculty (and more than 250 total full-time faculty) serve about 2,400 undergraduates and 4,400 graduate students, utilizing extensive and technically advanced laboratories, classrooms and live interactive high-speed Internet broadcast systems. Government and industry annually fund nearly $174 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