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

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

Samantha Brunhaver
Assistant Professor
Arizona State University
Primary Field(s) of Research: Engineering Education
Research Areas/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
Research Areas/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
PhD student
Georgia Tech
Primary Field(s) of Research:

Ines Direito
Research Associate
University College London - Centre for Engineering Education
Primary Field(s) of Research: Engineering Education
Research Areas/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
Research Areas/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
Research Areas/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
Research Areas/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
Research Areas/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
Research Areas/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

Brent Jesiek
Associate Professor
Purdue University
Primary Field(s) of Research: Engineering Education, Engineering Studies
Research Areas/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
Research Areas/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
Research Areas/Interests:
Critical Theory of Technology, Theory of Culture, Monuments' Conservation, Built Environment, Theory of Artifacts

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

Dean Nieusma
Associate Professor and Director
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Primary Field(s) of Research: STS, Engineering Studies, Engineering Education, Design
Research Areas/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
Research Areas/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.

Antoni Roca-Rosell
Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya - Barcelona Tech
Primary Field(s) of Research: History of Engineering education
Research Areas/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
Research Areas/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
Research Areas/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.

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

Amy Slaton
Drexel University
Primary Field(s) of Research: STS, History of Engineering, Engineering Education
Research Areas/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
Research Areas/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
Research Areas/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.

Qin Zhu
Research Assistant Professor
Colorado School of Mines
Primary Field(s) of Research: Engineering Education, Ethics of Engineering and Technology, Education Policy