Strategic Plan and Vision for the USC Viterbi School of Engineering

The vision and strategy of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering are informed by the exponential advances in technology, where there are no steady states or steady states of growth, and by the intended and unintended consequences these have on engineering education and research in the context of a brick-and-mortar institution. We view engineering and technology as the enabling discipline of our times, because of its power of convergence, and of its extraordinary capacity to improve the human condition worldwide. We want to empower creative thinkers and innovators to propel and build engineered solutions for tomorrow’s grand challenges through the convergence of transdisciplinary scholarship. We are aware of the need for agility and for cultivating mindsets of growth, to help thrive in our fast-changing world. We are also cognizant of the technology unintended consequences, and the need for ethical and human-centric technology decision making. In our engagement in engineering education and research we benefit strongly and unequivocally from our unwavering commitment to diversity and inclusion, for all our constituencies, students, faculty and staff. We consider our societal and global impact as the most important part of our mission, as measured by education outcomes, the value added to our constituencies, research scholarship, innovation and the generation of intellectual property, societal outreach and the development of best practices. These notions comprise our vision and inform our strategy. In this quest, we strive to be undisputed national and global leaders, to change the conversation about engineering, shape its evolution globally, and to inspire generations of students, alumni and the society-at-large for the collective benefit. Read More

Dean's postcard

Published on July 30th, 2019

Last updated on May 22nd, 2024