BioB.S., Modern European History, Trinity University, 1985M.S., History and Sociology of Technology and Science, Georgia Tech, 2012Ph.D., History and Sociology of Technology and Science, Georgia Tech, 2019
"Do what's right, because it's right, ESPECIALLY when no one is looking"
I take an interdisciplinary approach across a broad spectrum to include technical systems, automobility/motorsports, technology and the environment, innovation, users and maintainers, and technology in modern European history. I came from the world our students will be entering. I also work on operational issues with UVA's Experiential Learning competition teams.
I was born into a US Army family of Swedish immigrants (both parents) and I grew up predominantly in Europe until age 15 when we were transferred to San Antonio, TX. Coming of age among a variety of societies and cultures while learning multiple languages has been beneficial to me understanding other perspectives and opinions.
Upon completion of undergraduate degree, I served with the US Army in Europe and the US as an Infantry officer first, then in Counterintelligence. During this time, I was frequently tasked with liaison duties to members of German, French, English and Belgian military organizations.
Following separation from the Army, I worked in Atlanta for Global Fortune 100 manufacturing corporations, mid-size service companies, and small businesses including owning/operating an online micro-retail business. One of the most significant roles I've had was as Lead Envoy to the Swedish delegation for the 1996 Paralympic Games. It was profoundly impactful to participate among such incredible determination and resilience demonstrated by these athletes and their staff.
Throughout my professional career I have been involved with the implementation of new technologies and innovations. What I bring to my students is personal experience as a user (sometimes super-user) of high-tech innovations, non-executive management and operations, as well as that of tolerance and appreciation for the perspective of others, flexibility, resilience, and resolve to overcome obstacles.
I am married since 1982 to the same wonderful woman who stole my heart - and we still hold hands when we're walking. We have two grown sons in Atlanta.