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David A. Mindell PhD ’96

Chair, MIT150 Steering Committee
Frances and David Dibner Professor of the History of Engineering and Manufacturing and of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Professor of Engineering Systems
Margaret MacVicar Faculty Fellow
Director, Program in Science, Technology, and Society 2006 - 2011
Housemaster, Edgerton House 2009 - Present

Chair, MIT150 Steering Committee
Frances and David Dibner Professor of the History of Engineering and Manufacturing and of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Professor of Engineering Systems
Margaret MacVicar Faculty Fellow
Director, Program in Science, Technology, and Society 2006 - 2011
Housemaster, Edgerton House 2009 - Present

 

David A. Mindell PhD ’96
Chair, MIT150 Steering Committee
Frances and David Dibner Professor of the History of Engineering and Manufacturing and of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Professor of Engineering Systems
Margaret MacVicar Faculty Fellow
Director, Program in Science, Technology, and Society 2006 – 2011
Housemaster, Edgerton House 2009 – Present

David A. Mindell is the Dibner professor of the history of engineering and manufacturing and of aeronautics and astronautics, former head of MIT's Program in Science, Technology, and Society, and chair of the MIT150 Steering Committee. He is also a housemaster at Edgerton House (a graduate student residence hall), and a MacVicar Faculty Fellow, one of the Institute’s honored and outstanding teachers. Professor Mindell earned undergraduate degrees from Yale University in both literature and electrical engineering, and a PhD from MIT in the science, technology, and society program. His research and writing have ranged widely and include the history of aviation and space exploration, the archaeology of deepwater shipwrecks, and the social implications of automation. He is also a private pilot.

Highlights from this interview include:

  • Thoughts of a historian of technology on the planning of MIT’s sesquicentennial.
  • Discussion of how his many academic interests have enhanced his research.  
  • How to enrich students’ education by changing MIT’s academic framework.
  • Experience working at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and working on robotics after college.
  • Reflections on progressing from student to junior faculty member in the STS program.
  • Past projects, including archeological expeditions. 

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