Our Mission

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.

History


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.

Core Team

Viterbi Conversation in Ethics’ core team is composed of student editors. Our staff also includes web developers and faculty advisors.

Current Editor-in-Chief

Sabrina Sy

Class of 2023

Sabrina is a fourth-year biomedical engineering student with a minor in gender and sexuality studies. Outside of class, she is the President of the Associated Students of Biomedical Engineering (ASBME). She is also involved in research in the Cardiorespiratory Sleep Lab and serves as a Resident Advisor (RA) in McCarthy Honors College. In her free time, she enjoys tending to her houseplants, surfing at Sunset Beach, and listening to Beyoncé.



Current Editors

Kaylee Tseng

Class 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.


Jackie Finnemeyer

Class of 2024

Jackie is an undergraduate computer engineering and computer science student. After graduation, she hopes to become an engineer at NASA. In her free time, you will likely find her traveling, hiking, playing video games, or taking too many pictures of her two cats.


Jennah Saqib

Class 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.



Current Podcasting Team

Maya Neuenschwander

Class 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. 



Web Developers

Nia Rae Ignacio

Class of 2023

Nia is a fourth-year undergraduate computer science student. After graduation, she hopes to work in industry as a Frontend or a Full-Stack Developer. In her free time, you will likely find her watching TV, playing video games, and shopping.

Founding Editors

Naajia Jami, Civil Engineering

Julia Levy, Astronautical Engineering

Former Editors-in-Chief

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

Former Editors

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

Justin Wilfred, Computer Engineering

Tuling Zhao, Computer Science and Business Administration

Faculty Advisors

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.