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Karl D. Stephan

Karl D. Stephan received the B. S. in Engineering from the California Institute of Technology in 1976. Following a year of graduate study at Cornell, he received the Master of Engineering degree in 1977 and was employed by Motorola, Inc. and Scientific-Atlanta as an RF development engineer.

He then entered the University of Texas at Austin’s graduate program and received the Ph. D. in electrical engineering in 1983. He taught at the University of Massachusetts Amherst from 1983 to 1999, when he received an NSF Science and Technology Studies Fellowship in the history of technology.

He spent the 1999-2000 academic year at the University of Texas at Austin, and in 2000 accepted a position as Associate Professor in the Department of Technology at Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas. In 2009, he was promoted to full professor and moved to the Ingram School of Engineering. He has also received an appointment as Adjunct Associate Research Professor at the University of Texas at Austin’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Self-Driving Car Fatality No. 1: Joshua Brown Makes History
11 Jul 2016 | FEATURES |  
tags: automation, engineering ethics, self-driving cars
Tesla has some work to do.

Would you torture a baby? Why not?
28 Jun 2016 | FEATURES |  
tags: morality, philosophy, technology, torture
If there are things we must not do, we need to ask why.

The rights and wrongs of the Human Genome Project—Write
7 Jun 2016 | FEATURES |  
tags: bioethics, HGP-Write, human genome project
It's hard to imagine how this venture can be achieved ethically

EgyptAir Flight 804: clues to a tragedy
25 May 2016 | FEATURES |  
tags: air crashes, EgyptAir Flight 804, surveillance, technology, terrorism
People are the weak link in aircraft technology

Texas, of all places, shows how to lower carbon emissions
11 May 2016 | FEATURES |  
tags: carbon emissions, global warming, Texas, wind power
A state full of oil and gas is a wind-power leader.

Some dumb ideas about smart guns
5 May 2016 | FEATURES |  
tags: firearms deaths, gun violence, National Rifle Association, smart guns
Guns which can only be used by one person sound brilliant. So why doesn't anyone want to buy them?

Will robots ever have moral authority?
29 Apr 2016 | FEATURES |  
tags: engineering ethics, morality, robotics
Abdicating responsibility to machines doesn't make person any less responsible.

Learning from the Kolkata overpass collapse
12 Apr 2016 | FEATURES |  
tags: business ethics, engineering, engineering ethics, India, technology
A sea change is needed in India's construction industry

Drone Delivers to Doorstep: What Next?
31 Mar 2016 | FEATURES |  
tags: drones, employment, engineering ethics, technology
The rapid advance of commercial drone technology.

Go figure
23 Mar 2016 | FEATURES |  
tags: artificial intelligence, Google
Is the defeat of a Korean Go champion by a computer the beginning of the end for humanity?

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