What is SUNRISE?

SUNRISE stands for Students UNiting for Real Impact to Society through Engineering. The program introduces engineering students at all stages to real-world problems, particularly in underprivileged communities.  In 2018-9 we are honored to partner with Los Angeles County Department of Health Services to look at needs in Preventive Health for Vulnerable Populations.

During the Fall 2018 semester, students do customer discovery by traveling with DHS team to see our communities in need. They will be able to apply for customer discovery funding as an individual or team (teams preferred) with a meaningful concept for a solution.

During the Spring 2019 semester, students will participate in VSi2 workshops to learn about effective business model development. They will also participate in more customer discovery to get feedback on their ideas. Towards the end of the semester, we will have a showcase with teams presenting their potential solutions.

Bring your creative ideas and your engineering skill to this deep experience. Contribute to Los Angeles and learn about working in multi-disciplinary teams in a fast-paced environment – knowing that your technologies could have major impact.



On September 24, we had an information session. View the slide decks from the info session about the Project SUNRISE and Designing Solutions to Prevent Disease.

Join us on Thursday, October 25, 2018, for a workshop on customer discovery. We will meet in MCB 101 from 12 PM to 1 PM. This workshop will be led by Abby Fifer, who is the Executive Director of the Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab and Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship in the Marshall School of Business at USC. She uses design thinking to create products for under-resourced communities in California.

To connect with other interested students, please fill out SUNRISE Matching Google Sheet. Use your USC email address and password to access.

Workshop RSVP

Patient Portal Summit

Join LAC on Thursday, September 27, 2018, for the MyWellness Patient Portal Summit at 1 – 4 PM at the LAC+USC Wellness Center. For SUNRISE students, the most important time to attend is 1 to 2 PM.

If you want to attend in person, travel to USC’s Health Science Campus. The summit will take place at The Wellness Center at 1200 N State St, Los Angeles, CA 90033 in Room MPR 1072.

If you want to join by phone, call 1-323-776-6996 and the Conference ID is 14711995.


You may apply as a team or as an individual. There must be at least one Viterbi student on your team. The application requests your name, email, major, and a short statement of interest.

Applications are due on October 31, 2018 at 11:59 PM.


Key Dates

0Sept 2018
Info Session
0Oct 2018
0Oct 2018
Application Deadline
0March 2019
Final Showcase