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December 5, 2012
Matthew Wisnioski works at the nexus of the history of science & technology, American cultural-intellectual history, engineering studies, and the values of design. He is writing a book Engineers for Change: Competing Visions of Technology in 1960s America that explores how the engineering profession in the United States was transformed in the Cold War era. He argues that in the process of responding to critics of technology, engineers shaped the normative visions that structure contemporary understandings of the human-built world. He has also written on the collaborative intersections of engineers and artists during the Cold War and is beginning a project on the emergence of design research methods in the postwar era. Matt received his bachelors degree in Materials Science & Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University in 2000 and his PhD in History from Princeton in 2005. He comes to Virginia Tech from a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Modeling Interdisciplinary Inquiry Program at Washington University in St. Louis. He teaches graduate seminars in Design Cultures, Normative Visions of Technology, Main Themes in the History of Science, and an Introduction to STS as well as undergraduate classes in the history of technology, material culture studies, and Engineering Cultures.
The Visible Scholarship Initiative is a collaboration between the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences and the University Libraries that seeks to make visible the stages of research and creative scholarship in the liberal arts and human sciences. Illustrating how faculty address key questions, employ varied methods, and produce significant results makes it possible to acknowledge and encourage research and creative activities that engage challenging questions and demonstrate sophisticated understanding.