About Us

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

Isabel Yarwood Perez

Class of 2021

Isabel is an undergraduate studying Mechanical Engineering. Outside of class, she is involved in the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Design Team. Additionally, she is a member of the Community Outreach committee in the Society of Women Engineers, where she organizes events for young girls to encourage and empower them to pursue interests in STEM fields.

Current Editors

Teagan Ampe

Class of 2021

Teagan is an undergraduate majoring in Computer Science with a minor in Web Technologies and Applications. Outside of class, she enjoys planning events for Women in Computing and the Society of Women Engineers, reading urban fantasy books, and petting cats.



Tyler Amano-Smerling

Class of 2021

Tyler is an undergraduate studying Computer Science: Games, and her favorite game titles include Breath of the Wild and League of Legends. She loves photography, traveling, and percussion–– she is also a bass drum in the Trojan Marching Band!


Isabel Brieler

Isabel Brieler

Class of 2022

Isabel is an undergraduate studying Astronautical Engineering. She loves anything space-related and loves to read, work with children, and make music in her free time.

Michael DeLucia

Class of 2022

Michael DeLucia is an undergraduate studying Computer Science. In the future, he hopes to work at the intersection of Finance and Technology. Outside of class, he enjoys sports, video games, and trading stocks.

Web Developers

Justin Wilford

Class of 2021

Justin is an undergraduate seeking a BS in computer engineering and computer science and an MS in computer engineering. After school, he plans on pursuing a career in computer architecture. In his free time, he enjoys playing video games, browsing cat memes, and watching anime.

Founding Editors

Naajia Jami, BS Civil Engineering, USC 2014
Civil Engineering Associate I, City of Los Angeles

Julia Levy, BS Astronautical Engineering, USC 2014
Advanced Fabrication and Integration Engineer, Virgin Galactic

Former Editors-in-Chief

Brandon Chew, BS Chemical Engineering

Rachel Longjohn, BS Computational and Applied Mathematics

Rebecca Thoss, BS Chemical Engineering

Former Editors

Tiarnan McCaffrey, BS Mechanical Engineering

Huaning “Wendy” Wang, BS Mechanical Engineering (2021), MS Mechanical Engineering (2021)

Georgia Babikian, BS Biomedical/Medical Engineering

Connor Buckley, BS Computer Science

Meera Gorjala, BS Policy, Planning, and Development, BS Environmental Studies

Laura Cook, BS Chemical Engineering

Ayman Siraj, BS Chemical Engineering

Tsung-Han Stephen Sher, BS Computer Science, USC 2016 (MS 2017)

Sharada Rayan, BS Computer Science and Business Administration, USC 2016
Engineering Project Manager, Apple

Krishnan Raman, Industrial and Systems Engineering

Anush Kadoyan, BS Computer Science

Nicole Pay, BS Mechanical Engineering

Former Web Developers

Tuling Zhao, BS 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.