Rob Parke is an Associate Professor of Information Technology Practice in the Information Technology Program in the Viterbi School of Engineering at the University of Southern California, and he has previously held a joint appointment in Iovine / Young Academy for Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation.
Recently, he established the Connected Devices and Making minor to teach non-engineering students to create internet-enabled, hardware devices, and he currently serves as lead faculty for the gateway programming course whose mission is to introduce and excite non-computer science majors to the world of programming.
He has a strong interest in inclusive teaching practices and has been actively involved in addressing issues of inclusion and equity, both within USC and externally. He served as General Chair of the 2021 CMD-IT/ACM Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Conference which encourages and supports diversity within computing. Outside of academia, Rob has a lifelong love of technology from the technical to the creative, with professional experience in software development, information technology, web design, audio engineering, film / TV post-production, and digital media.