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Illumin prides itself on its unique combination of engineering articles and engaging media. Over the years we have received a few awards honoring us. Here is our showcase:
Volume XVIII Issue II
  • Written by: Sabrina Winarko
    Norway is a Northern European country made up of thousands of fjords— expanses of water often surrounded by steep cliffs. How are travelers supposed to cross? Underwater tunnel, perhaps?
  • Written by: Patrick Vanderwall
    Have you ever forgotten your password on a website where you made an account months before? Ever heard of cryptography? It plays a bigger role in your everyday life than you think!
  • Written by: James Bunning
    Have your ears ever tired after rocking out to your favorite artist’s latest album? We are caught in the crossfires of the "Loudness Wars", an auditory arms race that has been waging within the music industry for the past 60 years, all in the
  • Written by: Melisa Osborne
    In an age of technology and free Wi-Fi, those of us navigating the single life can opt for the electronic highway to love. Computer engineering has allowed society to grasp the subjective nature of attraction and translate it into quantitative data.
  • Written by: Christian Lee
    Every surfer dreams of the perfect wave – a wave that has the perfect shape, size, consistency, and length of ride. After ten years of working with a USC aerospace engineer, professional surfer Kelly Slater has engineered the perfect artificial wave.
In This Issue
Engineering and science is at the core of all of our daily interactions; sometimes it is immediately apparent in our smart phones and cars, and other times it requires a deeper look, like in sports, music, or even dating. Illumin aims to inspire readers from all backgrounds to learn how engineering principles shape the world around us. more...
  •  To Float or Not to Float?
    To Float or Not to Float? Written by: Sabrina Winarko Norway is a Northern European country made up of thousands of fjords— expanses of water often surrounded by steep cliffs. How are travelers supposed to cross? Underwater tunnel, perhaps?
  • Cryptography and Communication Security in a Digital Age
    Cryptography and Communication Security in a Digital Age Written by: Patrick Vanderwall Have you ever forgotten your password on a website where you made an account months before? Ever heard of cryptography? It plays a bigger role in your everyday life than you think!
  • The Battle of Sound
    The Battle of Sound Written by: James Bunning Have your ears ever tired after rocking out to your favorite artist’s latest album? We are caught in the crossfires of the "Loudness Wars", an auditory arms race that has been waging within the music industry for the past 60 years, all in the
  • The Computation of Love: Finding Your Soul Mate Online
    The Computation of Love: Finding Your Soul Mate Online Written by: Melisa Osborne In an age of technology and free Wi-Fi, those of us navigating the single life can opt for the electronic highway to love. Computer engineering has allowed society to grasp the subjective nature of attraction and translate it into quantitative data.
  • The Future of Surfing
    The Future of Surfing Written by: Christian Lee Every surfer dreams of the perfect wave – a wave that has the perfect shape, size, consistency, and length of ride. After ten years of working with a USC aerospace engineer, professional surfer Kelly Slater has engineered the perfect artificial wave.
About Illumin
Illumin's mission is to illustrate the many ways engineering benefits and impacts daily life. Articles are written, edited, and published by undergraduate students at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering.

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