Viterbi Innovation, October Newsletter Vol. II

Hacking for Defense | Information Session
CSCI 599 – Innovation for Defense Applications, Spring 2020
Graduate and upper-division undergraduate students both welcome!Innovation for Defense Applications is USC’s class that is part of the Hacking for Defense program sponsored by NSIN.  This class provides students with the opportunity to learn how to work with the Department of Defense (DoD) and Intelligence Community (IC) to address the nation’s emerging threats and security challenges. In this course, teams of 3-5 students from interdisciplinary backgrounds develop minimum viable products (MVPs) and prototypes that match DoD/IC users’ needs by the end of the semester.Using Lean Startup Methodology, and working closely with their problem sponsors, mentors, and military liaisons, the student teams work together to bring a product or service to market.  Read more about the journey of the ATOMUS team who took this class in the spring of 2019.Why take this class?

1.  You’ll work on hard, gnarly problems, while contributing to
national service.
2.  You’ll work on real national security issues, with real national
security leaders.
3.  You’ll learn Lean Startup methodology to help you build efficient
and successful startups, and develop skills to solve problems in any

All nationalities/citizenship are encouraged to apply. Graduate and
upper-division undergraduate students both welcome.

RSVP for the info session 
October 30 @ 2:00 p.m. in EEB 248

Missed VC Office Hours?
If you didn’t get a VC Office Hours slot, you can still hear Brent Ahrens speak on Friday, November 1 in SAL101 1:00-1:50 p.m. He will be speaking as part of the Engineering Honors Program Colloquium. You are invited to join!Amazon Web Services Workshop @ VSG

Next week, Amazon Web Services will deliver a series of workshops that illustrate the variety of ways AWS can support you on your journey as a founder and a startup. Sessions 1 and 2 will provide you with base level best practices and address some of the most common questions when launching on AWS, and Session 3 will give you hands-on experience in building a serverless web application. Arrive early and join us for lunch before the sessions! Be sure to bring your computer.

Workshop: Thursday, November 7 – 12 to 4 P.M.
Office Hours: Friday, November 8 – 10 A.M. to 5 P.M.

The Viterbi Startup Garage (VSG)
4676 Admiralty Way #503,
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

Research Assistant Opportunity


Professors Belz of the Viterbi School of Engineering and Graddy-Reed of the Price School of Public Policy are seeking to hire 1 to 2 Computer Science MS or upper-division UG students to join their research lab, MINERVA: Management of INnovation: Entrepreneurial Research and Venture Analysis. The group researches a variety of topics around financing of innovation related to both the public and private sectors in an interdisciplinary setting of students from computer science, economics, engineering, and public policy.

Research Assistants will work approximately 10-20 hours a week during the academic year with the opportunity to stay on full-time over the summer.

Interested students should email their resume to Chaitanya Ambegaonkar,

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