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.

Looking under the rock: Equifax’s credit breach
21 Sep 2017 | FEATURES |  
tags: credit, data breach, engineering ethics
Is it time for the big agencies to come under government regulation?

Mr Damore, welcome to the Prophet Club
12 Sep 2017 | FEATURES |  
tags: gender diversity, political correctness, Silicon Valley
Is it possible to have a reasonable, logical debate about gender diversity?

When cars have no drivers, the drivers may have no jobs
1 Sep 2017 | FEATURES |  
tags: driverless cars, progress, technology
But are they the road to the future?

The ethical spin on spinners
21 Aug 2017 | FEATURES |  
tags: engineering ethics, fidget spinners, marketing ethics
Yet another example of the power of marketing to get people to buy something they never knew they wanted

Should bad engineers go to jail?
1 Aug 2017 | FEATURES |  
tags: engineering, engineering ethics, US
Perhaps, but it's unlikely in today's climate

Pokemon’s epic fail in Chicago
25 Jul 2017 | FEATURES |  
tags: engineering, failure, Pokemon
Everybody got a Lugia, but no one played the game.

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

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