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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.

Tianjin tragedy: a painful lesson
18 Aug 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: China, disasters, engineering ethics
Can we expect this horrific disaster to lead to any improvements in safety?

I compute your pain
27 Jul 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: face recognition, marketing, technology
Emotion-sensing face-recognition software could transform marketing.

Inside out for real: brain mapping and privacy
14 Jul 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: brain research, engineering ethics, privacy
Technology that can read your mind will get better and cheaper. Then what?

The Pope’s vision for a new ecology
30 Jun 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: ecology, environment, Pope Francis
How can spiritual beings best live in a material world?

Will more auto safety investigators save more lives?
11 Jun 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: safety, utilitarianism
Perhaps not, but the public will feel safer, which is what they value.

The end of the Silk Road
2 Jun 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: crime, internet, moral values, natural law, Silk Road
How did a whiz kid lose his moral compass?

Was bureaucratic wrangling behind the fatal Philadelphia derailment?
26 May 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: disasters, technology, trains
The train lacked a new control system.

Driverless cars: good news for whom?
15 May 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: engineering ethics, technology use
Operators of delivery fleets would like nothing better than to turn their personnel headaches into autonomous-vehicle maintenance accounts.

Ownership lifestyle vs access lifestyle
29 Apr 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: apps, engineering, private ownership
The shift from ownership to access will bring profound changes in our political culture.

A bridge too close
2 Apr 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: engineering, engineering ethics
The day our author almost became a statistic.

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