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40th Anniversary of DEN@Viterbi

By: Candace House
October 17, 2012 —

DEN@Viterbi 40th Anniversary from USC Viterbi on Vimeo.

The DEN classroom from the Professor's perspective
A view behind the curtain reveals the DEN program's network control
Dr. Iraj Ershaghi, Director of the Petroleum Engineering Program, addresses the importance of distance learning for the global professional
Dr. James Moore II, Vice Dean for Academic Programs, discusses graduate programs available on DEN@Viterbi

DEN@Viterbi, the USC Viterbi School of Engineering’s Distance Education Network, celebrated 40 years of distance learning on Wednesday, October 3rd. Recent alumni and corporate representatives were invited for an afternoon of networking with faculty representatives, Viterbi Dean’s Leadership and members of the Graduate and Professional Programs team.

Corporate representatives included individuals from Walt Disney Imagineering, Chevron, Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp and the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. Attendees learned more about the distance learning infrastructure within the Viterbi School, and continuing education opportunities for their employees; which includes over 45 graduate programs available fully online for the working professional.

Senior Associate Dean for Graduate and Professional Programs, Kelly Goulis and Executive Director for DEN@Viterbi, Binh Tran led the program with discussions on the evolution of DEN@Viterbi from its inception in 1972, to the future of the program with impetus on continued global collaboration. The partnership with the Kuwait Oil Company and recent innovations with iPodia were just a few of the recent DEN@Viterbi initiatives discussed at the anniversary event.

Vice Dean for Academic Programs, Dr. James Moore II discussed the value of distance learning at the graduate level and how it has allowed professionals to remain active in the top-ranked graduate programs within the Viterbi School. Director of the Petroleum Engineering Program, Dr. Iraj Ershaghi, discussed how DEN@Viterbi has allowed professionals in the energy sector to connect across the globe, and how that has positively affected the on-campus student experience.

The celebration concluded with a tour of the recently upgraded studio classrooms and technical infrastructure. More information on DEN@Viterbi can be found by visiting http://gapp.usc.edu.