Preparing Tomorrow's Engineers

Engineers have played a critical role in creating the world that we live in today. They are still the people that we are looking up to and hoping they deliver many more life-changing innovations that will make our life easier, safer, and more fun.


That is why the people responsible for creating those engineers are working hard to instill the right mindset in them as early as possible. They also want them to understand that they have a responsibility to make this world a better place by improving sustainability and creating a positive social impact.


Joining us today is Yannis C. Yortsos, the Dean of the University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering and the Zohrab Kaprielian Chair in Engineering. He will share with us how they are helping engineering students learn about the ethical repercussions of their work and the societal impact they have the potential to make.


Listen to learn more about the 5 mindsets of change that the next generation of engineers will need. You’ll also hear about some of the alumni success stories and the impact that they are creating in the world. Additionally, you’ll hear the reason why remote learning is here to stay.


Questions I Ask:

  • What is a socially responsible engineer through the lens of the 5 mindsets of change? (09:30)
  • What are the grand challenges within the context of our planet’s hierarchy of needs? (18:19)
  • What is the impact of remote learning? (21:33)
  • What are the implications of remote learning on initiatives like the Freshman Academy program? (23:01)


In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • What USC co-curricular engineering program involves (01:55)
  • How engineers are prepared to be future world changers (06:00)
  • How USC students are made to understand the responsibility they have (07:55)
  • Some of the program’s success stories and the impact they are creating (13:58)


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