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Values In
Technology
Advancement
Lab
Values In Technology Advancement Lab
Facilitate conversations about the ethics and social impact on technology

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.

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Projects

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Ethics Bowl

In collaboration with the Philosophy Department, VITAL trains and sponsors the USC Association for Practical and Professional Ethics Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl team

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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

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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.

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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.

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Ethos Project

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

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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.

Vision Venture

Provides short, curated videos featuring early-career engineers addressing questions from current students about transitioning to professional life.

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People

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Katherine Brichacek

(Lead Faculty)

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Harly Ramsey

(EiS Faculty)

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Martha Townsend

(EiS Faculty)

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Elisa Warford

(EiS Faculty)

    Published on February 7th, 2024

    Last updated on February 21st, 2024