Meet our first cohort of REAL@USC Fellows from 2022

Meagan Kiefer

Meagan Kiefer is a first-year Masters of Analytics student in the Industrial and Systems Engineering department at the University of Southern California. She is one of the 2022 USC-Meta Research and Education in AI Center Fellowship recipients. Prior to attending USC, Meagan graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Oregon where she was a pole vaulter on the Division 1 Track and Field team. During her undergraduate studies, she earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration concentrating in Operations and Business Analytics and minoring in both Economics and Computer Information Technology. In 2022, she received the Witham O Heroes Award for her commitment to Student-Athlete community outreach efforts. Additionally, she earned three scholarships from the University of Oregon for her outstanding academic performance including the University’s Summit Scholarship, the Lundquist College of Business Scholarship, and the General University Scholarship. Currently she is studying Predictive Analytics, Optimization Methods, Data Mining, and other Analytics related topics as she begins her USC journey.


Natalie Reyes

Natalie Reyes recently graduated with her bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Computer Engineering from the University of La Verne. She is very passionate about learning and has always been interested in technology from a young age. She recently completed a fellowship with the Los Angeles Dodgers where she worked with the Information Technology Department. Now Natalie is beginning her journey as a graduate student where she will be earning her M.S. in Industrial & Systems Engineering. She is excited to grow and learn in this new chapter in her life.

Taleen Sarkissian

Taleen Sarkissian is pursuing a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering at USC with an emphasis in Signal and Image Processing. She received her Bachelor of Science degrees from the University of California, Irvine where she studied Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering with a specialization in Digital Signal Processing. At UCI, she held various leadership positions such as President of Eta Kappa Nu, Industrial Relations Chair of Tau Beta Pi, Student Director of Engineering Ambassadors, Webmaster of the Engineering Student Council, and a Mentor for the Society of Women Engineers. She works as a Software Engineer and is interested in signal processing and its applications to machine vision, controls, and robotics.