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 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 amazing 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.