Patrick Dent is the chair of technology and engineering and associate professor at the USC Iovine and Young Academy. He also has a joint appointment to the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, where he previously served as the associate director of technology for the Information Technology Program. He also teaches in the online Master of Science in Integrated Design, Business and Technology program.
Prof. Dent evangelizes web development technologies to students of all backgrounds, from business to computer science to art and music. He takes an interdisciplinary approach to all his academic teaching. He believes a thorough technical knowledge is useful to far more than just developers, but also to project managers, creative types, and clients they work with.
Prof. Dent has taught new media, web development and database and programming courses at USC since 1998. He developed courses, degrees and curriculum, at the graduate and undergraduate level, across a number of schools. Prof. Dent has also worked in graphic and web design, database and information systems, and as a newspaper reporter and magazine writer.