To design, build & test liquid propellant rocket engines, with the goal of providing members with the practical experience and skills necessary to succeed in the space industry, and to position the University of Southern California as a leader in liquid propulsion education & research.
Space engineering is competitive and relatively small thus requiring students to show a well-rounded portfolio in order to get attention from companies for employment. But as students prepare to enter the workforce they run into a catch-22 situation: most companies want you to have multiple years of experience, but no one wants to give it to you. This is a major roadblock that can be stressful and concerning for students trying to get their foot in the door and start their careers. It is a day and age where just getting high marks in school is not sufficient. This issue is one that has personally affected the majority of students in LPL, and therefore solving this issue has become the fundamental value of LPL. The primary objective of LPL is to prepare students for the workforce through international collaboration.
Through experience with different universities, laboratories, backgrounds, and through trial and error, LPL has developed a series of philosophies that aid in meeting the overall objective of developing students for the workforce. They can be broken down to the following: recruiting like-minded individuals, creating a motivational and competitive lab environment, practice developing propulsion systems iteratively, develop training tools to teach incoming members, build a strong and interactive alumni network, and have a strong and selfless transition of leadership. If these guiding principles are instilled, accepted, and practiced as a whole, team and personal development are bound to take place.