Bio

B.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, (ABD)

I was born into a US Army family of Swedish immigrants - both parents. As an "Army brat" (yes, this is a term of endearment we proudly embrace), I grew up predominantly in Europe due to my father's assignments as a senior non-commissioned officer (NCO) where we travelled extensively across Western Europe until age 15 when we were transferred to San Antonio, TX. Coming of age during the 1960s and 1970s among a variety of societies and cultures while learning multiple languages has been beneficial to me understanding other perspectives and opinions. In high-school and part of college, I was a goalie on top performing "real" football teams (known in the US as soccer). Shortly after beginning undergraduate studies, I married the same woman with whom I share my life today.

Upon completion of undergraduate degree, I served with the US Army in Europe and the US from mid-1980s to early 1990s 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 while serving as infantry platoon leader, mortar platoon leader, and assistant operations officer.

Following a physical disability separation from the Army, I worked across a wide spectrum of the business community in Atlanta from the mid-1990s to 2014. These were tumultuous times as companies jostled with payrolls and headcounts resulting in my having work experiences with Global Fortune 100 manufacturing corporations, mid-size service companies, and small businesses including owning/operating an online micro-retail business. Across this timeline, I was involved as an Adult Leader for the Boy Scouts, high school band chaperone/equipment crew, and Georgia Tech judge/evaluator for undergraduate presentations. 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 from digitization of secure communications for the Army through transitioning from AS400 platforms with "dummy" terminals to GUI-based ERP systems like SAP with bolt-on's like EDI, etc. What I bring to my students is personal experience as a user (sometimes super-user) of high-tech innovations as well as that of tolerance and appreciation for the perspective of others, flexibility, resilience, and resolve to overcome obstacles.

Awards

  • Doan Fellow, Beckman Center, Chemical Heritage Foundation 2013-2014
  • Ivan Allen College Paper Competition, GTRIC (Georgia Tech Research and Innovation Conference, "Sparky, the Patriot, and Turbo-Diesels: The Relevance of 'Failed' Motorsports Innovations to the History of Technology 2013
  • Georgia-Pacific Paper Division Outstanding Performance Award 2003
  • US Army Expert Infantryman Badge - EIB 1988
  • German Bundeswehr (Army) Marksmanship bronze cord - Schützenschnur 1988

Selected Publications

  • Motorsports and Motoring Public at Full Song (1950 to 1965): Measuring Men, Creatively Destructive, or Stimulating Technology? ABS Online series: Technology's Stories; Society for the History Of Technology, June 2015
  • Race Space: The Transformation of Iconic Motorsport Circuits From Public Spaces Into Large-Technological-Systems, 1950-2010 Second Annual Jean S. Argetsinger Symposium on International Motor Racing History, International Motor Racing Research Center (IMRRC), Watkins Glen, NY, 2016
  • Teaching at the Intersection of Engineering and the Liberal Arts: The University of Virginia's First Year Course in Science, Technology, and Society Co-author with Ben Laugelli, Doug Reed, and Prof. W.B. Carlson; Liberal Arts and Engineering Symposium, Union College, Schenectady, NY, 2015
  • Sparky, the Patriot, and Turbo-Diesels: The Relevance of "Failed" Motorsports Innovations to the History of Technology Georgia Tech Research and Innovation Conference (GTRIC), Atlanta, GA, 2013
  • How Green Was the Flag? The Maturation of Motorsports' Relationship With Automobility and the Environment Annual conference, Society for the History Of Technology (SHOT), Copenhagen, Denmark, 2012
  • Asclepius at High(er) Speed: Motorsports' Transition From Trauma Treatment to High-Tech Medicine and Prevention Annual conference, Southern Association for the History of Medicine and Science (SAHMS), Emory University, Atlanta, GA, 2012

Courses Taught

  • STS 2993 Independent Study - Innovation, Diffusion, and Motorsport Funding - Estimated 10+ students Fall 2017
  • STS 1500 - Science, Technology, and Contemporary Issues: Great Inventions That Changed the World - co-teaching (team of 4); 360-390 students per semester (2 lectures and 6 labs)