COVID Impact

USD's Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering Response to the Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented a great deal of challenges and opportunities on our campus, in our communities and across the globe. At the University of San Diego, our Changemaking engineers and computer scientists are coming together to find solutions to the immediate uncertainties that we are facing today, and working together to make an impact that will positively affect generations to come.
Covid-19 Pandemic

Post-COVID Task Force

USD's Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering has established a Post-COVID Task Force with members drawn from across the school, as well as alumni and external advisors. The Task Force is working together to consider crucially important questions related to the role of engineers and computer scientists in preventing, addressing and mitigating future disasters, such as the pandemic we are currently facing, and how to build this into the future of our education programs.


Our mission is to discuss the criticality of our current situation — causes, symptoms and strategies — to create engineering and computer science professions which support a new world. The Task Force is developing recommendations and implementing strategies toward engineering and computer science education at USD. This is an opportunity to consider how we embrace our commitments to social and environmental justice, sustainability, peace and positive global and social impact in the light of our new normal and in leading others across the nation and beyond in doing so.

The Task Force, which formed in response to the current pandemic, is an expression of work we believe is urgently needed to address multiple interrelated and critical areas in global society and our environment, such as climate change and racial injustice, and to support students in the development of capabilities for an unknown future. 

Primary Areas of Focus

  • Identify the socio-environmental technical skills and knowledge that students need to learn to be capable of working within an unknown future and help prevent, address and mitigate disasters such as we are experiencing right now.

  • Determine how the development of these capabilities can be facilitated within or across, or as a transformation of, our programs. 

Post-COVID Task Force Team

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University Resources

The University of San Diego community has come together to confront the urgent challenges we all must face in these unsettling and uncertain times. Below are links to the University's most up-to-date resources, which are continuously evolving and adapting to meet the needs of our students and campus community for the upcoming Fall 2020 semester.


We invite you to read USD's Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering stories of compassion, courage and resilience that define the Torero spirit.

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