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 legacy of a World War II nuclear site
7 Jul 2017 | FEATURES |  
tags: engineering ethics, nuclear energy, world war ii
The collapse of a tunnel draws attention to how ethical sensitivities have changed.

The Grenfell Tower tragedy: a disaster waiting to happen
20 Jun 2017 | FEATURES |  
tags: london, public safety, tragedies
When professionals fail ordinary citizens.

The false promise of digital storage for posterity
10 May 2017 | FEATURES |  
tags: cultural preservation, digital storage, hollywood
From Aristotle to Hollywood: we can't keep everything forever.

Earth deserves better than TV coverage of climate change
1 May 2017 | FEATURES |  
tags: climate change, media, public debate
Important issues often get lost in translation

A Modest Proposal to save California $200 million
18 Apr 2017 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: assisted suicide, california
The iconic Golden Gate Bridge and legalised assisted suicide could work in tandem.

Is it ethical to grow human organs in animals?
14 Feb 2017 | FEATURES |  
tags: chimeras, science, stem cell ethics
'Chimeras' are being billed as the next big thing in stem cell science.

Will intrepid Mars colonists end up with early Alzheimer’s?
9 Feb 2017 | FEATURES |  
tags: dementia, Mars, space exploration
Toxic radiation is the great unsolved problem of space travel

The clouded crystal ball
11 Jan 2017 | FEATURES |  
tags: employment, leisure, predictions, work
Why didn’t a society of idlers emerge after productivity soared because of computing?

Life in the new bubble democracy
16 Nov 2016 | CONNECTING |  
tags: 2016 elections, Facebook, media, social media
Social media allows us to reinforce our prejudices and shut out disagreeable ideas

Can science and technology studies prevent the next engineering disaster?
9 Nov 2016 | CONNECTING |  
tags: engineering ethics
Some bad effects cannot be discovered until a technology is in widespread use.

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