Stories by Daniel Druhora:
First virtual reality festival takes the technology into new realms
From improving memory to designing cities, one of the first student VR clubs in the nation stretches the limits of the movement.
How to bring solar power to the masses
USC Viterbi engineer may have the silver bullet that could make solar energy more efficient and affordable.
Hear the ‘Google Earth’ of sound in virtual acoustic museums
Explore researchers’ trek to capture the sounds of historic Byzantine churches on Escape Velocity, a new USC Viterbi podcast.
An astronaut is injured in outer space … you have 30 hours to help him
NASA and USC Viterbi pose a unique challenge, giving students the chance to unleash the ‘true engineer.’
A tough cowgirl turns from truck mechanic to biomedical engineer
Alumna’s journey takes her from New Mexico to USC, which opened her eyes to a whole new world of possibilities.
From virtual reality to handhelds, USC GamePipe Lab uploads innovation in game design
USC Games represents an exciting collaboration between the Interactive Media & Games Division and the Department of Computer Science.
At 100, ‘Mr. Freeway’ looks back at his concrete creations
A USC engineering alum built the highways that ushered in a new era across America.
An Army aviator with her feet on the ground
Iraq war veteran and PhD student at USC Viterbi has broken barriers and brought hope to many on the battlefield.
Two officers, two nations, one mission
USC grad student recounts an unlikely friendship and a singular mission in Afghanistan.
Hot tech startups get investors’ attention at ‘Real Deal @ USC’ event
Entrepreneurs get valuable feedback and candid advice from leaders including retired Gen. David Petraeus and USC President C. L. Max Nikias.
Lasers light the way for budding scientists
Young women from local schools get a taste of emerging technology at USC Viterbi event.
Leading a culture shift in materials research
USC colleagues receive $8 million grant to explore potential breakthroughs in materials science.
Can ‘The Next MacGyver’ change the conversation about female engineers?
With help from Hollywood mentors, five people will write scripts for a new series about the savvy problem solver.
USC senior and budding engineer sees clean water as his passion
Cyrus Maroofian finds purpose in his life by giving low-cost water filters to mountain dwellers and African schools.
Student’s organization lets children hear for the first time
Natalie Tecimer has become an advocate for hearing-impaired children worldwide.
Disabling cheer accident doesn’t keep Jennifer McCallson on the sidelines
She’s pursuing a Master in Social Work degree thanks to Swim With Mike.
Once homeless, freshman now dreams of a future in game design
Kamaria DeLaForce moved around so much, she came to accept people mispronouncing her name. “I didn’t bother correcting people I’d never see again.”
Freshman draws from her Islamic faith to give from her heart
“I saw the sacrifices my mother made so that I can be happy, and I realized happiness doesn’t come from what I get, but from what I give.”
From cancer research to comics, this freshman fuses fun with diligence
Danyal Brink is a chemistry major and an artist, a committed student and avid athlete.
Freshman Amri Rigby puts words into action
Entering student at USC Iovine and Young Academy is a youthful inventor and inspirational preacher.
‘Quirky is an asset, not a liability’ for this freshman
Natalie Raphael ran for high school student council president under the promise “to make student events not lame.” And she delivered.
Clark receives Lifetime Achievement Award
Richard Clark, Professor Emeritus of Educational Psychology and Technology at the USC Rossier School of Education, was one of three Trojans who received this year’s USC Faculty Lifetime Achievement Award.
USC lefty makes a pitch for USC Rossier program
A former Major League Baseball pitcher, Randy Flores moves and talks with athletic economy, the way Hemingway writes — not a syllable wasted.
Learning more about the mind’s labyrinth
Renowned puppeteer and “The Muppets” creator Jim Henson once said: “Kids don’t remember what we try to teach them. They remember what we are.”