VITAL is an ethics lab led by Viterbi’s Engineering in Society program. The lab’s acronym speaks to the vital need to critically engage with the ethics and social impact of technology while also acknowledging that advancements in technology are the lifeblood of progress.
In collaboration with the Philosophy Department, VITAL trains and sponsors the USC Association for Practical and Professional Ethics Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl team
Viterbi Ethics in Industry Cohort
The Ethics in Industry Cohort is comprised of engineering-based industry professionals who are interested in the ethics and social impact of technology in their field
Interdisciplinary Postdoctoral Discussion Groups
Postdoctoral fellows across USC are invited to join the VITAL discussion group to network, collaborate, and get to know other fellows interested in interdisciplinary approaches to engaging with advances in technology.
Ethics Consultations for Viterbi Faculty
Viterbi faculty are invited to book appointments with Engineering in Society and VITAL affiliate faculty to discuss ethics and social impact modules, learning outcomes, and assignments.
The Ethos Project includes three projects aimed at helping undergraduate engineering and computer science students develop a sense of professional identity alongside humanitarian values and ethical practices
Freshman Academy Renovation
Guides first-year students in using the Baum Family Maker Space to design and prototype solutions to Grand Challenges of Engineering.
The Good Life
Facilitates three group chats each semester, led by graduate students, covering topics such as social responsibilities and diversity in the profession.
Provides short, curated videos featuring early-career engineers addressing questions from current students about transitioning to professional life.
Published on February 7th, 2024
Last updated on February 21st, 2024