The question of merging individual (or organizational) decision-making with infrastructure design and management is supremely interesting, though not often engaged by the engineering community. For… Read More »Life in the Tails: Behavioral Economics
As a society, we often seek solutions to social problems in technology and innovation. If we need more food or water, we will develop more… Read More »Future Water Use: Solutions in Technology?
The settlement of the American West in the mid-nineteenth century saw streams of Americans, Europeans, Asians, and Central and South Americans converge on the region… Read More »Big Dreams and Bountiful Capital: Western U.S. Expansion
The tradition of engineering in the U.S. has deep roots in French, British, Dutch, and Italian innovation. The rise of a professional class of engineers… Read More »Roots of Engineering in America: Military and Civilian Engineers
The American ethos has evolved to encompass a new kind of environmental consciousness. Current popular notions of environmentalism in the U.S. focus less on government… Read More »Balancing System Health Across Environmental, Social, and Ecological Metrics
Though exploding urban populations are indicative of the massive planetary changes humans are enacting, the process of urbanization has been a fundamental trend for centuries.… Read More »Urban Infrastructure, Ecosystems, and Eco-technological Systems
Science and technology governance that follows “democratic” principles during the policy-making process should include potentially-affected citizens. The majority of Science and Technology Studies (STS) research… Read More »Engaged Citizens and the Role of Expertise
Building tools and frameworks that enable researchers to effectively describe the myriad relationships between actors, artifacts, institutions, policies, and values is a continuing challenge in… Read More »Science and Technology Governance: an STS Perspective