USC Price and USC Viterbi Schools launch new executive education certificate in global space and defense

June 21, 2021

USC Price:

The USC Sol Price School of Public Policy and the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, in partnership with the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance (MDAA), announced the creation of the Executive Program in Global Space and Defense. The official signing of the partnership occurred on June 15, 2021 at Ralph and Goldy Lewis Hall on USC’s University Park Campus.

The executive education program sets out to educate aspiring senior leaders from the military, government and innovation communities about the intersection of public policy and engineering, which are too often separate within the complex and growing field of defense security.

Alumni Riki Ellison (USC Dornsife ’83), the founder and chairman of MDAA, brought the idea to USC in early 2021. It wasn’t long before Yannis Yortsos, dean of the USC Viterbi School, connected with Candace House Teixeira, USC Viterbi’s associate dean of corporate engagement and programs. They began working with Dana Goldman, interim USC Price dean, as well as Frank Zerunyan, USC Price professor of the practice of governance and director of executive education programs…

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