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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.

The morbid cost of bureaucratic efficiency
20 Mar 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: bureaucracy, business ethics, health insurance
Can organisations act like machines without losing their humanity?

The passing of Google Glass
19 Jan 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: Google, technology
Drums and cymbals at its birth; a press release at its death.

GoldieBlox and the female engineer
9 Dec 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: engineering ethics
A new line of toys encourages girls into the profession. And fair enough, says an old hand.

Will remote car hacking stop before it starts?
5 Dec 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: cars, engineering ethics, technology
Car manufacturers all over the world are preparing for the day when hackers can get control of networked cars.

A dumb use for a smart phone
19 Nov 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: apps, smart phones, social media, technology
The new social media app Yik Yak is engineered for disaster.

Space flight will always be a risky business
10 Nov 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: engineering, engineering ethics, space flight
A failure rate of 5 percent may not be a great advertisement for space tourism.

The ultimate in reality TV
2 Oct 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: Mars, Netherlands, space travel, technology
A Dutch group is seriously organising one-way expeditions to Mars. Is that ethical?

A close shave with plutonium foam
26 Sep 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: engineering ethics, environment, nuclear power, nuclear waste
Lack of professional integrity, even in engineering, can have nasty consequences.

Would body cameras have prevented Ferguson riots?
26 Aug 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: Ferguson, police, police brutality
Chest-mounted cameras are a promising development, but not a cure-all.

You’ve got mail. Try not to read it.
29 Jul 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: email, fasting, internet
Fasting from your email could change your life.

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