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This event occurred on
April 25, 2013
10:00am - 1:15pm PDT
(UTC -7hrs)
Los Angeles, CA
United States

TEDxTrousdale serves to quench the curiosities and expand the interests of all USC students. Regardless of major, age, or background, we intend to enable all students to become aware of what their peers have to share and offer, in terms of experience, insight and advice. The USC community has ideas worth spreading with both each other and with the world. Our hope today is that you leave this event with a renewed appreciation for collaborative learning, with a fresh curiosity about disparate fields, and with the inspiration to share your own interests and ideas.

Why Trousdale?
Trousdale is more than just a main street that stretches from one end of USC’s campus to the other, it is also a place and resource for students to learn, share and grow. Trousdale is traditionally used as a place for student organizations to congregate and promote their causes. Its prime location in the heart of campus makes it a frequent home to the University-wide involvement fair, multiple career fairs and USG election campaigning, amongst others. It is the street that all students, one way or another, find themselves on, but most importantly, it is the street that brings the USC community together.

Ronald Tutor Campus Center Ballroom
3607 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, CA, 90089
United States
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Alex Wilson

Alex Wilson is a senior graduating this May with a B.A. in political science and a minor in organizational leadership and management. Through experiences at USC and abroad, Alex has developed a sense of curiosity and passion for civic engagement, economic development, education reform, law and public policy, and personal and intergroup improvement. He has worked at the parliament in Scotland, where he undertook original research and wrote case studies on management of national social housing, and he has also worked in Kenya as a visiting sustainable business fellow at a rural boarding school. At USC, his involvement has included time with TrojanVision, Colleges Against Cancer, the University Residential Student Community, Delta Omicron Zeta, the Los Angeles Metropolitan Debate League, MDA 365: The Art and Adventure of Leadership, Mortar Board, and Phi Beta Kappa. He is currently finishing a thesis exploring divergent education finance reform high court decisions from the early 1970s. Upon graduating, he plans to work and travel abroad to deepen his life experiences before pursuing a career in law, public policy, or social entrepreneurship.

Julia Wang

Julia Wang is a third year pre-health student studying Neuroscience. She currently interns at United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS) as its Southern California Regional Organizer and coordinates labor rights campaigns at universities throughout the region. Julia serves as the campaign coordinator for the Student Coalition Against Labor Exploitation (SCALE), a student group at USC that has fought for the rights of the Trojan Family on campus and all around the world. Her passion for workers' rights stems from her understanding that true equality stems from the empowerment of people collectively struggling to overcome oppression of all forms. In addition to labor organizing, Julia loves to travel and dabble in multiple fields of study. She has conducted linguistics research examining the impact of instructors' perceptions of intelligence on academic performance of elementary school students and presented her findings at the 2011 Linguistics Society of America conference. Julia has traveled to Ghana, once with Global Water Brigades, and a second time to conduct research on the effectiveness of western nongovernmental organizations in rural Ghana. Julia hopes to combine her interests in the future, practicing medicine abroad and organizing with health care workers to ensure physical and mental health in all facets of life.

Nick Leonard

Nick Leonard has always had a passion for the sea. As an undergraduate research student in the Marshall School of Business, Nick traveled around the world over a six-month period studying the economic advancement of certain countries and species in the Aquaculture industry. His research has taken him to over 13 countries and exposed him to a variety of farming practices that have both hindered and helped this developing industry. Nick’s current research is focused on alternative industrial protein sources for the diets of animals reliant on fishmeal. As the base protein for much of the world’s livestock, fishmeal has skyrocketed in value creating a major dilemma in global agriculture. This summer Nick will be working at the USDA’s Fish Technology Center in Bozeman, Montana, researching economically feasible and environmentally beneficial alternative protein inputs.

Tim Ellis

Tim Ellis is a current graduate student and undergraduate alumni of USC's Viterbi Engineering School with both degrees in Aerospace Engineering. His primary involvement on campus is centered around the Rocket Propulsion Lab, a purely student-run group dedicated to designing, building, and flying research-scale rocket vehicles and engines. He was the conceptual design and dynamics team leader in the planning and development of USCRPL's "Traveler" rocket, slated to be the first ever launched by a university to international space at over 400,000 ft altitude. Beyond "Traveler", Tim was also a lead designer of the Silver Spur 3 project, which successfully flew to 60,000 ft and over 3,000 mph. Currently, he is working on developing USC's first bipropellant rocket engine, aimed to discover ways to drastically lower the cost and difficulty of access to space without sacrificing performance. Additionally, as an undergraduate, Tim was an active member in the professional leadership fraternity Delta Omicron Zeta. Outside of schoo,l Tim will be returning for a third consecutive internship with the private space group Blue Origin, LLC, a startup founded by owner Jeff Bezos, to advance the presence of humans in space.

Brandon Wolfe

Brandon Wolfe is a senior finishing his B.S. in Kinesiology with a minor in Architecture as he concurrently begins a Progressive M.S. in Physiology and Biophysics. He has become empowered by experiences both abroad building sustainable water systems for rural Honduran communities as well as locally as an assistant kinesiotherapist at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Beyond his cancer immunotherapy research for his Master’s degree, he is investigating the efficacy of calf exercise training as an alternative treatment for patients with peripheral arterial disease, as well as the differential perception of diet by student-athletes of varying sports. He also is working closely with his brother to develop a smartphone app that can be used to analyze the biomechanics of human movements in an athletic and clinical setting. Brandon has been involved with USC's NCAA Division I Track & Field team, serves as team captain of USC’s Distance Running Club and president of USC's Global Water Brigades. He has previously been a student mentor as part of Expanding Horizons through Mentorship and a mini-course leader in USC Dornsife's Joint Educational Project. Brandon constantly strives to converge his multiple fields of study, and seeks to pursue a career in rehabilitative medicine.

Richelle Gribble

Richelle Gribble is a mixed media artist based in Los Angeles. She is a senior at the University of Southern California pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Art degree with dual minors in Social Entrepreneurship and Marketing. She is interested in social entrepreneurship as the foundation for her pursuits in both fine art and public art. She aims to utilize art as a tool to develop cause-based campaigns about prominent social and environmental issues. She ranked as a Top 10 finalist out of 30,000 participants in an international art competition, ART TAKES TIMES SQUARE, and had her artwork featured on an LED screen in Times Square, NYC. Her artwork currently appears at a science and art exhibition, Quantified Self, at the Gallery Project, MI. Additionally, she has showcased her artworks at Superhighway, Palos Verdes Art Center, ARTery Gallery in Lab Holding, Idyllwild Arts Parks Exhibition Center, Ronald Tutor Campus Center, Fisher Museum of Fine Art, and other venues throughout Southern California. Her artwork has been published in Art Takes Times Square as well as Exploring Drawing: A Text/Sketchbook. She has also been featured in the American Contemporary Art Magazine (2012 Feb/March Issue), Chiasma: Science and Art Magazine, and Vibrancy: An Inspiring Collection of Artists.

Kiara Adams

Kiara Adams is currently a junior at the University of Southern California pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration through the Marshall School of Business. Aside from academics, Kiara is honored to serve in many capacities on campus, including as one of the Co-Executive Directors of USC Troy Camp, an organization she has been involved in since her freshman year. In addition, she serves as a business consultant and trip leader for the Marshall Global Business Brigades where she leads undergraduate students on weeklong, business related service trips in rural communities abroad. Kiara also had the amazing opportunity to be a participant in the USC Global Fellows program, through which she interned in Shanghai, China for two months last summer. Since becoming a member of the Trojan Family, Kiara has humbly received many honors, including being a member of the USC Dean’s List, Sigma Alpha Lambda Honors Society, and Phi Sigma Theta National Honors Society. Upon graduation, she plans to pursue a career in either personal development consulting or human resources. Kiara is a proud Trojan and extremely grateful for the amazing opportunities that the institution has provided her.

Organizing team


Los Angeles, CA, United States
  • Alison Kaprielian
  • Sarah Payne
    Speakers Coordinator, MC
  • Catherine Uong
    Marketing / Press
  • Erin Limlingam
  • Kevin Koeller
    Marketing / Press