USC Viterbi Hosts Conference for the American Society for Engineering Education

Elisabeth Arnold Weiss | May 30, 2023

The University Park Campus recently played host to a conference for the Pacific South West division of the ASEE.

NASA Astronaut, Senior Advisor at SpaceX, and USC Viterbi Professor of Astronautical Engineering Garrett Reisman inspires as the Banquet keynote speaker. Image/Garrett Reisman.

NASA Astronaut, Senior Advisor at SpaceX, and USC Viterbi Professor of Astronautical Engineering Garrett Reisman inspires as the Banquet keynote speaker. Image/Garrett Reisman.

Over 100 attendees gathered at the University of Southern California in April for the 2023 American Society for Engineering Education Pacific Southwest Section Conference. From Thursday, April 13 through Saturday, April 15, participants from the Pacific Southwest — which includes Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii, and California — attended the conference, held at the Michelson Center for Convergent Biosciences.

The theme of this year’s event was “Technology, Humanity, and Society: Educating All Engineers for the Future.” Participants discussed how engineering educators can cultivate the ethical engineers of the future who impact society in beneficial ways.

USC Viterbi Dean Yannis C. Yortsos opened the conference, and Professor of Astronautics Practice Garrett Reisman and Professor of Engineering, Design and Society at the Colorado School of Mines Juan Lucena were keynote speakers. The program featured remarks from Director of Engineering in Society Steve Bucher. USC Viterbi faculty presenters included Associate Professor of Engineering Practice Lessa Grunenfelder, Associate Professor of Computer Science Practice Tatyana Ryutov, Senior Lecturers  Roxana Javid,  Ken-ichi Nomura, Associate Professors of Technical Communication Practice Elisabeth Arnold Weiss and Elizabeth Fife, and Senior Lecturer of Engineering Writing Helen Choi, who received the ASEE PSW Outstanding Early Career Teaching Award.

The conference was organized by ASEE PSW Executive Board members Professor of Biomedical Engineering Practice Jean-Michel Maarek, Associate Professor of Technical Communication Practice Harly Ramsey, and Elisabeth Arnold Weiss. Attendees participated in tours of the USC Interaction Lab and the USC Viterbi Baum Family Maker Space.

The conference was sponsored by the Alfred E. Mann Institute at USC.

Published on May 30th, 2023

Last updated on May 30th, 2023

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