Viterbi Conversations in Ethics is an educational forum for reasoned, informed, and relevant discussion of engineering ethics. Written, edited, and published by USC Viterbi School of Engineering students, Viterbi Conversations in Ethics will publish exceptional student work and responses, counter-points, and new perspectives from both peers and professionals.
In 2013, Viterbi Conversations in Ethics was conceived at the USC School of Engineering as a way to showcase undergraduate student writing about ethics in the engineering professions and to highlight the important role of ethics in engineering. We in the Engineering Writing Program believe that our students must begin to see themselves as professionals within a larger community of thinkers and writers, and this is an opportunity for these students to enter into the larger professional conversation about ethics and to invite comment from other students and professionals.
Viterbi Conversations in Ethics is funded by the USC Viterbi School of Engineering’s Office of the Dean. Seed money was also provided by the USC Fund for Innovative Undergraduate Teaching.
Viterbi Conversation in Ethics’ core team is composed of student editors. Our staff also includes web developers and faculty advisors.
Jackie FinnemeyerClass of 2024
Jackie is an undergraduate student studying Computer Engineering and Computer Science. She enjoys learning embedded system design, software development, and has created an autonomous robot using only a microcontroller and some simple I/O devices. In her free time, you will likely find her traveling, hiking, or playing video games.
Kaylee TsengClass of 2023
Kaylee is an undergraduate student studying Chemical Engineering with a Biochemistry emphasis. She is involved in a research lab focused on pancreatic beta cells, and is pursuing a Master’s degree through Viterbi’s Progressive Degree Program. In her free time, she enjoys doing crosswords, playing video games, and knitting.
Jennah SaqibClass of 2024
Jennah is an undergraduate student studying Astronomical Engineering with a minor in Cinematic Arts. Outside of class, she is one of the dedicated leads of USC’s AeroDesign Team and a member of the USC Field Hockey Club. In her free time, she enjoys reading fantasy books, playing video games, and hiking.
Janessi DiazClass of 2025
Janessi Diaz is a second year Biology student with a minor in Screenwriting. In her free time she enjoys playing soccer and reading. She also loves to crochet beanies with Madhatter Knitts for babies in the NICU and is a proud sister of KDChi, one of USC’s Multicultural Greek Council organizations.
Current Podcasting Team
Maya NeuenschwanderClass of 2024
Maya is a third-year industrial and systems engineering student with a minor in international health, development, and social justice. She works as a Viterbi student ambassador to represent the engineering school to prospective students and alumni. She has been involved in interdisciplinary research studying healthcare inequities as a result of the COVID pandemic. In her free time, you will find her doing yoga, working as a photographer, and exploring nature.
Yifei LuClass of 2025
Yifei is a third-year undergraduate computer science student. After graduation, she hopes to become a software engineer. In her free time, you will likely find her watching TV, going to the gym, and online shopping.
Naajia Jami, Civil Engineering
Julia Levy, Astronautical Engineering
Sabrina Sy, Biomedical Engineering
Isabel Brieler, Astronautical Engineering
Rebecca Thoss, Chemical Engineering
Rachel Longjohn, Computational and Applied Mathematics
Brandon Chew, Chemical Engineering
Isabel Yarwood-Perez, Mechanical Engineering
Teagan Ampe, Computer Science
Michael Delucia, Computer Science
Meera Gorjala, Public Policy and Environmental Studies
Laura Cook, Chemical Engineering
Ayman Siraj, Chemical Engineering
Tsung-Han Stephen Sher, Computer Science
Sharada Rayan, Computer Science and Business Administration
Krishnan Raman, Industrial and Systems Engineering
Anush Kadoyan, Computer Science
Nicole Pay, Mechanical Engineering
Tiarnan McCaffrey, Mechanical Engineering
Huaning “Wendy” Wang, Mechanical Engineering
Georgia Babikian, Biomedical Engineering
Connor Buckley, Computer Science
Tyler Amano-Smerling, Computer Science: Games
Former Web Developers
Nia Ignacio, Computer Science
Justin Wilfred, Computer Engineering
Tuling Zhao, Computer Science and Business Administration
Martha J. Townsend teaches in the Engineering Writing Program at USC and serves as the founding and current Faculty Advisor to Viterbi Conversations in Ethics.