INES Member Directory

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Atsushi Akera
Associate Professor & Graduate Program Director
Department of Science and Technology Studies @ Rensselaer
Primary Field(s) of Research: History of Engineering Education; Higher Education Governance
Biography and/or Research Interests:
I’m the current chair of this network! I am also Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director in the Department of Science and Technology Studies at Rensselaer. I’m currently working on an NSF-supported collaborative study on educational innovations and the governance of engineering education in the United States, with Donna Riley (Purdue), Alan Cheville (Bucknell), Jen Karlin (Minnesota State-Mankato), and others as my collaborators. We’re looking at the question of what drives change and innovation in engineering education, and how it’s structured. We’ve conducted over 100 interviews (!!) at over a dozen different institutions. This work is based partly on a smaller study we did as part of Andrew Jamieson and Ulrik Jørgensen’s PROCEED project on Danish engineering education (a plug for your work, Andy and Ulrik!). My focus, conducted along with Denver Tang (Ohio State Univ.) was on the Danish universities’ institutional responses to the Bologna Process. I am also working with Bruce Seely (Michigan Tech) on a general history of engineering education reform in the United States, with an initial focus on the post-World War II / Cold War period. I am also author of Calculating a Natural World: Scientists, Engineers and Computers During the Rise of U.S. Cold War Research (MIT Press, 2006), which used the development of early digital electronic computers as a metonymic lens by which to document the emergence of the U.S. infrastructure for conducting Cold War research. I have also served as the chair of the Liberal Education / Engineering & Society Division of the American Society for Engineering Education; associate editor of Engineering Studies; chair of the Prometheans (SHOT’s Engineering SIG) and a member of the Executive Council of the Society for the History of Technology (SHOT).

Stephen Barley
Stanford University
Primary Field(s) of Research: Sociology of Work and Organizations

marc böhlen
university at buffalo
Primary Field(s) of Research: media arts, speculative robotics, computational media

Terry Bristol
Portland State University, Institute for Science, Engineering and Public Policy
Primary Field(s) of Research: Philosophy of Engineering, Engineering Worldview, Lazare Carnot, Engineering Thermodynamics
Biography and/or Research Interests:
Originally BA from UC Berkeley, five years of graduate work at University College (and Kings College), University of London. Started in Physics, Chemistry, Biology and moved into History and Philosophy of Science. Primary Mentors: Paul Feyerabend and Imre Lakatos. Finding the deterministic scientific worldview, as well as the associated philosophy of science, inadequate – I morphed over into what I refer to as Philosophy of Engineering. Current main project is articulation of the engineering worldview. This turns out to be closely linked to (engineering) thermodynamics. Now translating the mature works of Lazare Carnot into English. Lazare made a quite overt attempt to develop and engineering worldview – a worldview where engineers and engineering practice actually make sense (viz. as they don't in the scientific worldview). Lazare's empirical engineering mechanics is what has later come to be called engineering thermodynamics (viz. distinct from the mechanistic Clausius-Boltzmann version). Lazare's core work was extended and applied by his son, Sadi Carnot, in his famous study of steam engines. Key thinkers that inspire me: Walter Vincenti (Stanford) (What Engineers Know and How They Know it); Henry Petroski (Duke); Peter Corning and Steve Kline (The Low Down on Entropy), Peter Atkins (Oxford, Thermodynamics), Donald Cardwell, Edwin T. Layton, et al.

Shane Brown
Associate Professor
Oregon State University
Primary Field(s) of Research: Engineering Education
Biography and/or Research Interests:
Cognition, conceptual change, situated cognition

Samantha Brunhaver
Assistant Professor
Arizona State University
Primary Field(s) of Research: Engineering Education
Biography and/or Research Interests:
longitudinal and mixed-methods research, engineering persistence, engineering pathways and careers, engineering practice, faculty development, student development

Christian Casper
Lecturer IV
University of Michigan
Primary Field(s) of Research: Rhetorics of science and technology, genre theory, discourse analysis
Biography and/or Research Interests:
I'm a lecturer of technical communication in the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan, where my pedagogical interests lie in communication within the fields of aerospace, biomedical, and chemical engineering and in the first-year and capstone design experiences. I have research interests in rhetorics of science and technology, genre theory, and discourse analysis, and I continually seek to translate material from this work into pedagogical tools to improve communication practices in engineering, particularly within the design-build-test cycle.

Mitch Cieminski
Graduate Research Assistant
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Primary Field(s) of Research: STS

Alice Clifton-Morekis
PhD Candidate
Georgia Institute of Technology
Primary Field(s) of Research:

Julie Mark Cohen
Structural/Forensic Engineer and Independent Scholar
Primary Field(s) of Research: Intersection of STS and Forensic Engineering

Ines Direito
Research Associate
University College London - Centre for Engineering Education
Primary Field(s) of Research: Engineering Education
Biography and/or Research Interests:
Engineering Education, Gender studies, STEAM, Skills and employability

Gary Downey
Alumni Distinguished Professor, Science and Technology Studies
Virginia Tech
Primary Field(s) of Research: Engineering Studies, STS, Cultural Anthropology
Biography and/or Research Interests:
I conduct comparative historical ethnographies of techno-national formation in engineering, tracing the contested emergence of dominant images and practices of engineers. Drawing on the findings, I also frame practices of critical participation to help engineers become better critical analysts of their own knowledge, expertise, identities, and commitments.

Michael Fischer
Primary Field(s) of Research: STS, Anthropology
Biography and/or Research Interests:
Thrilled by the turn-outs at both the SHOT meeting in Singapore and 4S in Sydney this past week, and good to see many of you at both, including the amazing discussion with 13 journal editors (Engineering Studies included). I spend a few months a year (usually 2 the past few years, but 3x six) in Singapore watching the high-speed transformations in engineering education (at least in theory) and technology development at institutions such as the new Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), Tembusu College at NUS (the master the past nine years has been Greg Clancey, and was the host for the SHOT meetings), Biopolis (a biology-focuses research set of institutions) and One North generally (Biopolis, Fusionopolis, and Mediaopolis), as well as now the rapid experiments with Smart Nation (an update of previous brandings such as Intelligent Nation, but one that is involving sandboxes for driverless vehicles, spreading IoT generally, large scale engineering projects, etc.). One of the general issues is so-called “interdiscplinarity” on which SUTD has staked its identity as an innovative institutions, and I’m interested in how the more difficult yet called “softer" sciences (social sciences, humanities) get incorporated in engineering (or fail to) and how engineering issues get incorporated into smart (“intelligent?”) social science, including current debates about algorithms and accountability. Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities, and Professor of Anthropology and Science and Technology Studies at MIT, as well as Lecturer in Social Medicine in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School. Trained at Johns Hopkins, the London School of Economics, and the University of Chicago (PhD). Taught at Chicago, Harvard, Rice, and MIT; served as Director of the Center for Cultural Studies at Rice, and Director of the Program in Science, Technology and Society at MIT. Fieldwork in the Caribbean, Iran, India, and currently in Southeast Asia. Work in three primary areas: (1) The anthropology of the biomedical sciences and technologies: with the Genome Institute of Singapore and the Human Geonome Organization (HUGO) on social and ethical issues associated with genomics and with capacity building in the Asia-Pacific region; and with the MIT- Indian Department of Biotechnology project to establish a Translational Medicine Institute in New Delhi on the MIT Health Science and Technology (HST) model. Also helped the National University of Singapore to establish an STS cluster, now at the new Singapore University of Technology and Design to do the same. Co-edited A Reader in Medical Anthropology: Theoretical Trajectories and Emergent Realities (with Byron Good, Mary Jo Good, and Sarah Willen). (2) The anthropology of media circuits, with foci of regional attention to the Middle East, South and Southeast Asia. Three books on Iran (Iran from Religious Dispute to Revolution, on the training of religious leaders in the seminary town of Qum; Debating Muslims: Cultural Dialogues between Postmodernity and Tradition (with Mehdi Abedi) on oral, literate and visual media in Iran; and Mute Dreams, Blind Owls and Dispersed Knowledges in the Transnational Circuitry (2004) on interpretations of the national epic, the Shahnameh, and the films of social repair after the Iran-Iraq war. More recently he has been tracking the explosion of arts and media in Singapore and Asia. (3) Anthropological methods for the contemporary world with specially attention to the interface between science and technology and anthropology. Anthropology in the Meantime (2018), Anthropological Futures (2009), Emergent Forms of Life and the Anthropological Voice (2003), and (with George Marcus) Anthropology as Cultural Critique (1986, 2nd ed. 1999). Edit a book series (with Joe Dumit) on Experimental Futures: Technological Lives, Scientific Arts, and Anthropological Voices, which has 34 volumes out as of 1 Sept. 2018.

Antonio Garcia-Rozo
Universidad de los Andes
Primary Field(s) of Research: Engineering Studies

Michael Geselowitz
Senior Director
IEEE History Center at Stevens Institute of Technology
Primary Field(s) of Research: History of engineering
Biography and/or Research Interests:
I am Senior Director of the IEEE History Center, a center for the public history of engineering. For those who don't know, IEEE is the world's largest engineering association, and its members are interested in making sure that the story of engineering is preserved and disseminated. The IEEE History Center is located at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ., USA, which serves as a partner for our university-level programs, and where I have a courtesy appointment as Industry Professor of the History of Technology (we also have pre-university programs and outreach to engineers and to the general public). Most of our content can be found on the Engineering & Technology History Wiki ( which we operate on behalf of a consortium of engineering associations, and on our pre-university site ( I have bachelors degrees in electrical engineering and in anthropology from MIT, and masters and PhD degrees in Anthropology (Archaeology) from Harvard University. Prior to going into administration, my research interests were on the prehistory and early history of metallurgy. I am also a registered patent agent in the U.S.

Stanley Grigsby
Visiting Professor
Ottawa University, Ottawa, Kansas
Primary Field(s) of Research: STS, Engineering Education
Biography and/or Research Interests:
Engineering Education and Liberal Arts Education

Matthias Gross
Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ
Primary Field(s) of Research: Environmental Sociology, STS, Energy, Risk
Biography and/or Research Interests:
Alternative Energy Systems (esp. geothermal energy), Environmental Sociology, Ignorance and the Knowledge Society, Real World Experiments and Environmental Innovation, Restoration and Contamination, Science and Technology Studies, Sociology of Engineering, Theories of Nature-Culture Relations

James Holly Jr.
Assistant Professor - Urban STEM Education
Wayne State University
Primary Field(s) of Research: Engineering Education, Teacher Education, Urban STEM Education
Biography and/or Research Interests:
Urban Studies, Women and Minority In STEM Fields, STEM Education, Engineering Education, Teacher Education, Culturally relevant pedagogy, Education of Black Males, Black Studies Or African American Studies, Black Critical Theory, Anti-Racist Education, Social Justice Education, Black Faculty Experiences

Brent Jesiek
Associate Professor
Purdue University
Primary Field(s) of Research: Engineering Education, Engineering Studies
Biography and/or Research Interests:
Historical and social studies of engineering, with emphasis on global engineering, ethics and social responsibility, and engineering practice.

Lisa Kane
Honorary Research Associate
University of Cape Town
Primary Field(s) of Research: engineering studies, transport planning, traffic engineering, STS, material semiotics
Biography and/or Research Interests:
I am interested in how ways of valuing work in engineering practices, either influencing or being influenced by them. My empirical site of interest is traffic engineering in the global South, and in the valuing of human rights within those practices. I'm specifically interested in how safety, equity and respect for the person are practised within contemporary engineering, or not. My current research focuses on the historical case of an 'unfinished' freeway in Cape Town, South Africa and I am writing about how ways of valuing that freeway were explicitly, implicitly or sometimes elusively embedded, embodied of circulating in engineering practices over time. This case has also piqued my interest in the transfer of traffic engineering practices between the global North (specifically the US) and the South.

Charalampos Kokkinos
Adjunct Lecturer
Hellenic Open University
Primary Field(s) of Research: Philosophy of Technology, Artifact, Cultural Heritage
Biography and/or Research Interests:
Critical Theory of Technology, Theory of Culture, Monuments' Conservation, Built Environment, Theory of Artifacts

Konstantinos Konstantis
PhD Student
National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
Primary Field(s) of Research: STS, Engineering Studies

Peggy Layne
Assistant Provost
Virginia Tech
Primary Field(s) of Research: Women in Engineering
Biography and/or Research Interests:
Engineering workforce diversity, women in engineering

Rachel Maines
Seminar Associate
Columbia University
Primary Field(s) of Research: History of technology
Biography and/or Research Interests:
History of codes and standards; engineering as law, history of sexuality

Carl Mitcham
Primary Field(s) of Research:

Cyrus Mody
Professor and Chair in the History of Science, Technology, and Innovation
Maastricht University
Primary Field(s) of Research: history of engineering science
Biography and/or Research Interests:
I’m Cyrus Mody, editor in chief of Engineering Studies and Professor in the History of Science, Technology, and Innovation at Maastricht University. As that title implies, my work straddles the history of science and technology since about 1965, mostly in the US and mostly related to nanotechnology, microelectronics, and (increasingly) oil and alternative energy. Because I have an undergraduate degree in mechanical and materials engineering, and because my main professional society is SHOT, I primarily identify as an historian of engineering. And because my PhD is from the Cornell STS department, I’m also comfortable with STS and other interdisciplinary approaches – and very happy to edit an interdisciplinary journal dedicated to the study of engineers and engineering! I’m also excited to work with the members of Engineering Studies’ editorial team (Deputy Editor Kacey Beddoes, Book Review/Digital Editor Qin Zhu, and Associate Editors Aalok Khandekhar, Julia Bursten, Kornelia Konrad, and Hyungsub Choi), our Advisory Editors, and the members of the editorial board including Vivian and Atsushi. I’m the author of, among other things, The Long Arm of Moore’s Law: Microelectronics and American Science (MIT, 2017), which was funded in part by a grant from the National Science Foundation administered by Mike Gorman and written in conversation with the other members of IRG-1 of the Center for Nanotechnology in Society at UC Santa Barbara, especially Patrick McCray, Ann Johnson, Amy Slaton, and David Brock. I now reside in the Netherlands, which has a strong engineering studies tradition represented here in Maastricht by my friends and colleagues Wiebe Bijker, Ernst Homburg, and Vincent Lagendijk.

Dean Nieusma
Associate Professor and Director
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Primary Field(s) of Research: STS, Engineering Studies, Engineering Education, Design
Biography and/or Research Interests:
Engineering professional and educational reform, engineering and liberal arts integration, interdisciplinary design education, ethics and social justice, engineering for development, engineering militarism

Zachary Pirtle
NASA Headquarters
Primary Field(s) of Research: Systems Development, Epistemology of Engineering, Democracy and Science

Amit Prasad
Associate Professor
University of Missouri-Columbia
Primary Field(s) of Research: STS, Sociology, innovation studies
Biography and/or Research Interests:
I study technoscientific innovations in medicine and health, particularly their entanglements with transnational and postcolonial transformations. I triangulate information obtained through oral histories, interviews, personal archives, etc. with those available in scientific publications to explore processes and contexts of innovation.

David Richter
Primary Field(s) of Research: Engineering Education
Biography and/or Research Interests:
Design, Inclusion

Antoni Roca-Rosell
Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya - Barcelona Tech
Primary Field(s) of Research: History of Engineering education
Biography and/or Research Interests:
History of engineering education, history of technology, history of science, Scientific, Technical and Industrial Heritage

Janna Rosales
Visiting Assistant Professor
Memorial University of Newfoundland
Primary Field(s) of Research: Engineering Education, STS
Biography and/or Research Interests:
Engineering education; gender in engineering; diversity,equity and inclusion in engineering; professional self-reflection; mindfulness in engineering

Jon Schmidt
Senior Associate Structural Engineer
Burns & McDonnell
Primary Field(s) of Research: Philosophy of Engineering, Engineering Ethics
Biography and/or Research Interests:
Presumably, I am one of only a few practitioners who have joined INES; in my spare time, I enjoy reading, thinking, and writing about philosophy and its applications to engineering. For ten years (2005-2015), I chaired the Editorial Board for STRUCTURE magazine and authored a bi-monthly column that often explored such topics; and in 2009, I started an Engineering Philosophy Committee within the Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) that continues to do so. My paper advocating a virtue approach to ethics, "Changing the Paradigm for Engineering Ethics," appeared in the last 2014 issue of the journal, Science and Engineering Ethics. More recently, I have been interested in the pragmaticism of Charles Sanders Peirce; specifically, adapting what he identified as the "logic of inquiry" in science—consisting of retroduction (or abduction), deduction, and induction—to outline the "logic of ingenuity" that engineers routinely employ, which (I argue) is also more broadly applicable to ethical decision-making in general. Links to many of my online articles are posted at the website listed above.

Michael Scroggins
Postdoctoral Researcher
Primary Field(s) of Research: STS, Anthropology

Thomas Siller
Associate Professor
Colorado State University
Primary Field(s) of Research: Engineering Education
Biography and/or Research Interests:
engineering education, sustainability

Amy Slaton
Drexel University
Primary Field(s) of Research: STS, History of Engineering, Engineering Education
Biography and/or Research Interests:
Engineering and Identity; STEM Diversity; Disabilities Studies

Knut H. Sørensen
Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Primary Field(s) of Research: STS

David Tomblin
Director: Science, Technology and Society
University of Maryland
Primary Field(s) of Research: STS, Engineering Education
Biography and/or Research Interests:
Public Engagement with Science and Technology Expertise and Public Engagement Integrating Sociotechnical Systems Thinking into STEM Curriculum

Logan Williams
Primary Field(s) of Research: Sociology of Technology
Biography and/or Research Interests:
My interest in INES starts with my BS/MS in Mechanical Engineering and continues with the scholarly intersection between engineering studies and feminist technology studies. Typically, if I am not talking about the important work of marginalized people designing novel science and technology at the Society for Social Studies of Science meeting, then you'll find me doing so at the American Sociological Association annual meeting. In mid-August of this year, I transitioned from my tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of History, Philosophy and Sociology of Science at Michigan State University to become an independent scholar and consultant. This past spring and summer, I joined Science as Culture as an Associate Editor and Science, Technology and Society: An International Journal as a Book Review Editor. The special issue on Justice and Counter-Expertise I am co-editing with Sharlissa Moore for Science as Culture further develops themes from my Knowledge from the Margins conference. Building the knowledge from the margins scholarly network expands my interest in questions of epistemology and qualitative methodology. My first book, based upon my 2013 science and technology studies dissertation, examines endogenous development and transfer of innovation by South Asian NGOs involved in the appropriate technology movement in ophthalmology. In August 2017, I returned from 4 months of fieldwork in India examining the role of women technicians as allied health personnel in this same movement. From 2013 to 2017, I conducted ten days of participatory action research with blind people in North Carolina, and collected interview and observation data on socio-technical governance of electronic waste in Thailand.

Emily York
Assistant Professor, School of Integrated Sciences
James Madison University
Primary Field(s) of Research: STS
Biography and/or Research Interests:
STS, emerging technologies & innovation regimes, anticipatory governance, political economy, feminist theory, science fiction

Qin Zhu
Assistant Professor
Colorado School of Mines
Primary Field(s) of Research: Engineering Education, Ethics of Engineering and Technology, Education Policy
Biography and/or Research Interests:
​I am an Assistant Professor in Ethics and Engineering Education in the Division of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences at the Colorado School of Mines, where I am co-directing the Daniels Fund Program in Professional Ethics Education that provides scholarly and grant support for faculty to integrate ethics into applied science and engineering curricula. I am also a graduate faculty member in the Master's Program in Natural Resources and Energy Policy at Mines. I am Associate Editor for International Perspectives at the National Academy of Engineering's Online Ethics Center for Engineering and Science, Book Review and Digital Platforms Editor for the Journal of Engineering Studies, and Secretary and Treasurer of American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)'s Division of Engineering Ethics.