DEN@Viterbi Congratulates 2013 Graduates From The Best Online Engineering
Graduate Program In The Nation
The University of Southern California 2013 Commencement Will Graduate 249
Engineers from the Viterbi School of Engineering's DEN@Viterbi Distance
Education Program, Ranked #1 by U.S. News & World Report
LOS ANGELES, April 25, 2013
LOS ANGELES, April 25, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --This graduation season,
the University of Southern California (USC) and the Viterbi School of
Engineering are proud to announce the graduation of 249 engineers from USC's
online engineering graduate program – DEN@Viterbi. These students, most of
whom continued their professional employment and managed the same course load
as their on campus counterparts, walk away with both a top-tier education and
their professional careers enhanced.
"Not only is the DEN@Viterbi online engineering graduate program flexible
enough for professional working students, but it also meets the rigorous
standards of the top defense, technology and biomedical companies as it is the
same education that full-time, on-campus students receive," said Viterbi
School of Engineering Dean, Yannis C. Yortsos. "We consider DEN@Viterbi part
of the fabric of the classroom and the campus, just supported by advanced
delivery systems. Students learn from each other, interact with world-class
faculty, and ultimately master the material to advance their careers."
Take for example Stephen Presutti, a Florida native who graduated in 2012 with
a Masters of Science in Aerospace Engineering. Last May was his first visit to
campus and despite the distance, Presutti was closely connected with fellow
students, working on collaborative class assignments. "The most challenging
thing was group projects," Stephen said when reflecting on his experience.
"But surprisingly it worked out well. Everyone connected very nicely on email
or online via Skype. It was really easy to get together with people and work
Like Stephen's class, the class of 2013 is made up of both local and global
students, hailing from across the United States to countries like India, China
and Brazil. Despite their diverse backgrounds, they all share a common thread:
these DEN@Viterbi students, now graduates, are working professionals who
pursued an advanced education remotely, without any disruption to their
The DEN@Viterbi program was recently ranked by U.S. News and World Report as
the number one online engineering graduate program in the country. With more
than 40 online engineering graduate programs taught by the school's
world-class faculty, DEN@Viterbi attributes this honor to its unique blended
classroom model, engaging the same faculty for both on-campus and off-campus
programs. Celebrating 40 years of innovation with thousands of graduates,
these online engineering programs have graduated working professionals from
top-tier companies such as The Boeing Corporation, Chevron, Apple, Northrop
Grumman, Qualcomm, Korean Air, Raytheon, Lockheed Martin, Kuwait Oil Company,
the Department of Defense and more.
Located in Los Angeles, a global center for the arts, technology, and
international trade, the University of Southern California is one of the
world's leading private research universities. USC has one of the most diverse
student populations of any U.S. university, with students throughout the
United States and from over 100 countries worldwide. With a strong tradition
of integrating liberal and professional education, USC fosters a vibrant
culture of public service and encourages students to cross academic as well as
geographic boundaries in their pursuit of knowledge. USC is the home of
state-of-the-art facilities and was recently named one of the nation's most
wired campuses by PC Magazine.
About the Viterbi School & DEN@Viterbi
A groundbreaking professional school in one of the world's leading private
research universities, the USC Viterbi School of Engineering was recently
ranked as a top ten graduate engineering program by the U.S. News and World
Report, and is consistently ranked between 10^th and 12^th in the world by the
Academic Ranking of World Universities. As the oldest professional school on
the USC campus, the Viterbi School celebrated its 100^th anniversary in 2005.
The USC Viterbi School of Engineering earned the #1 top honor in the 2013 U.S.
News and World Report rankings, for both its Online Graduate Engineering
Programs and its Online Computer Information Technology Programs, recognizing
excellence in peer reputation, student engagement, faculty credentials and
training, student services and technology, and admissions selectivity.
The Viterbi Distance Education Network (DEN@Viterbi), one of the first of its
kind, was created in 1972 to address the continuing education needs of
Southern California's aerospace industry. After four decades of growth and
investment, Viterbi currently offers more than 40 online engineering graduate
programs and professional courses from custom studio classrooms on the USC
More information about DEN@Viterbi can be found online at viterbi.usc.edu/den.
SOURCE USC Viterbi School of Engineering
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