One thing I love about studying engineering at USC is that I have the opportunity to learn things outside of engineering too. Often, there are relevant connections between engineering and almost all other disciplines. Classes at USC range from topics like literature and language to art and film. I recently started to look at connections between engineering and equity through my upper-division writing course called WRIT340.
The topic I chose to focus on was the Green New Deal and its emphasis on equity. The Green New Deal sets forth a ton of goals related to renewable energy, sustainability and economic growth, but it also addresses societal inequalities. Since engineers are integral in renewable energy systems, equity meets engineering through the Green New Deal!
I had the opportunity to present on this topic at the Viterbi Undergraduate Speaker Symposium last week. The theme of the symposium was equity, and multiple other Viterbi students presented on topics relevant to engineering and equity. I learned a ton from their presentations and got to explore something I am passionate about more in-depth. Check it out at this link if you are interested: https://usc.zoom.us/rec/share/5DO96kHfiZVik-KDnNjLN_2V502ybSgOkh4csjSpgcYm7MLJb0UBa4Olt_01ND1p.lBi89kNv5vgNhmcu?startTime=1603410626000.