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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.



Life in the new bubble democracy
16 Nov 2016 | CONNECTING |  
tags: 2016 election, 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.


The overwhelming power of small things
7 Nov 2016 | CONNECTING |  
tags: denial of service attack, hacking, internet, internet of things
Household devices connected to the internet are responsible for a gigantic attack on major websites


As medicine improves, how long can we expect to live?
13 Oct 2016 | FEATURES |  
tags: immortality, longevity, transhumanism
We seem to have a built-in expiration date of about 115 years


Alternatives to Facebook: the Mondragon solution
15 Sep 2016 | FEATURES |  
tags: co-operatives, engineering ethics, Facebook, Mondragon
The co-operative model could connect people who really are friends and limit risky exposure.


Is bioscience spinning its wheels?
6 Sep 2016 | FEATURES |  
tags: science journals, science policy, USA
Perhaps American scientists need to work more in teams, rather than as isolated geniuses


Remembering a true Texas engineer
16 Aug 2016 | FEATURES |  
tags: engineering, engineering ethics, professionalism, Texas, USA
Ulysses Cephas is not a household name, but he is a symbol of integrity, service and true professionalism.


Should we worry about foreign hackers tilting election results?
10 Aug 2016 | FEATURES |  
tags: democracy, Election 2016, electronic voting machines, hackers
If they break into electronic voting machines, democracy is at risk


Do-it-yourself brain zapping
28 Jul 2016 | FEATURES |  
tags: engineering ethics, healthcare, shock therapy
What some people will do when they simply can't afford healthcare.


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.


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