People



Steve Bucher

Director
Associate Professor

sbucher@usc.edu
213-740-3094


Steve Bucher is an Associate Professor of Technical Communication Practice and is the Director of the Engineering Writing Program. He has taught a variety of courses, including WRIT 340, ENGR 502x, ENGR 503x, CSCI 598, and ENGR 102, and founded the online magazine, Illumin. In addition to his administrative duties, his service profile includes serving on the University Curriculum Committee and co-chairing the Faculty Rights and Responsibilities Committee for the Academic Senate. Most importantly, he is the proud father of two.



Suad Aziz

Administrative Assistant
suadaziz@usc.edu
213-740-3652


Faculty



Marc Aubertin

Senior Lecturer
dauberti@usc.edu
213-820-5830


Marc Aubertin has taught WRIT 340 at USC since the spring 2000 semester. He has also taught freshman writing courses at CSU Long Beach, CSU Dominguez Hills, and Cerritos College. He began his teaching career at St. Joseph High School in Lakewood, CA.



Marc Ballon

Part-Time Lecturer
mballon@vsoe.usc.edu
213-820-5830


Marc Ballon teaches Advanced Communication for Engineering Students on campus and in Viterbi’s summer abroad program. He serves as the senior writer for the Viterbi School’s communications and marketing division. Previously, he taught journalism for 10 years at Cal State Fullerton. He also worked as a reporter for 17 years, including at the Los Angeles Times, Forbes and Inc. magazine. He has lived in Italy, Romania, the Czech Republic and France. Marc holds a bachelor’s degree in history from UC Berkeley and an MSFS from the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He lives in Fullerton with his wonderful wife and two amazing boys.



Helen Choi

Part-Time Lecturer
helenhch@usc.edu
213-740-1476


Helen Choi teaches WRIT 340-Advanced Communication for Engineers. She began teaching at USC in 2011 and has taught undergraduates and graduate students at the Gould School of Law, Marshall School of Business, and the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. She previously practiced general corporate law with specializations in structured finance and real estate in New York and California, and she earned undergraduate degrees in Philosophy and Ethnic Studies from UC Berkeley and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.



Elizabeth Fife

Associate Professor
fife@usc.edu
213-820-5830


Dr. Elizabeth Fife has taught technical and professional communications in the Viterbi School of Engineering and the Marshall School of Business at USC for over 17 years. Elizabeth has developed and taught specialized modules, workshops and courses for companies in the information and communications technology (ICT) industry and for institutions in the Asia Pacific region (KAIST, Yonsei University, SKKU, Tokyo University, Seoul University).

She has carried out grant-based and funded studies for Cisco, AT&T, Intel and numerous global companies in the area of telecommunications and emerging economies (ICT4D). As editor of the Pacific Telecommunications Council (PTC) Annual Report on Broadband, she has produced a series of studies on the development of telecom markets in Southeast Asia that can be downloaded from www.ptc.org Expertise areas: communication in collaborative and multidisciplinary environments; ICT4D; open innovation; communication in multicultural organizations; technical and scientific writing and presenting for academia and industry.

 



Sara Mojarad

Lecturer
mojarad@usc.edu
213-821-9757


Sarah Mojarad is a Lecturer at USC. She received her graduate degree in Corporate and Organizational Communications with concentration in Social Media and Online Communities. At USC, she is working at the interface of social media and science. She teaches “Social Media for Scientists and Engineers” in the Engineering Writing Program. She is currently writing a book on science communication for Cambridge University Press. Its anticipated completion is Spring 2018.



Harlynn Ramsey

Senior Lecturer
hramsey@usc.edu
213-821-5832


Advanced Communication for Engineering Students



Amy Schroeder

Lecturer
scroeder@usc.edu
213-821-5832


Amy Schroeder teaches Writing 340: Communication for Engineers, as well as GESM 121, a freshman seminar exploring science, literature, and ethics. Her research interests include the ethics of emerging technologies, bioethics, and speculative and science fiction, as well as contemporary American poetry. She holds a Ph.D. in literature and creative writing from the University in Southern California, and she is the author of The Sleep Hotel, a collection of poems published by Oberlin College Press.



Martha Townsend

Senior Lecturer
mjt@usc.edu
213-740-1476


Martha Townsend teaches Advanced Communication for Engineering Students and graduate courses in oral communication for engineers. She is the faculty advisor for the EWP’s website Conversations in Ethics.



Elisa Warford

Senior Lecturer
warford@usc.edu
213-821-5832


Elisa Warford teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in written and oral engineering communication and ethics of science and technology. Her research interests include the rhetoric of science and portrayals of engineering and technology in American literature. She is also a professional technical editor specializing in engineering writing for academia and industry. She holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Maryland.
Curriculum vita



Elisabeth Arnold Weiss

Senior Lecturer
arnolde@usc.edu
213-821-2174


Elisabeth Arnold Weiss teaches the undergraduate upper division Advanced Writing and Communication for Engineers course. She has formed key partnerships with the School of Theater Arts to bring improv techniques to engineering students and a significant community partnership with the Accelerated Charter Elementary School that focuses on STEM outreach for K-12 education. She mentors university wide student organizations LACI, SparkSC, and Digital Forensics. She has been teaching in the Viterbi School of Engineering since 1999 and was previously an instructor at Harvey Mudd College. She holds degrees from the University of Virginia and Claremont.