Larry Bucciarelli
Emeritus Professor of Engineering and Technology Studies, MIT
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Louis Bucciarelli received his B.S. from Cornell University (Mechanical Engineering) an M.Aero.E from the same institution and his Ph.D. from MIT (Aeronautics and Astronautics). He was Director of MIT's Technology Studies Program, has been a Curator of Science and Technology at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, held various visiting appointments at the University of Sussex, at the Centre de Sociologie de l'Innovation, Ecole des Mines, Paris, at Delft Technical University, at Denmark's Institute of Technology, Cambridge, and the Dublin Institute of Technology. He has received the Baker Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, has consulted for a wide range of industries, and, in the 90’s, helped lead a coalition of engineering schools (ECSEL) in the renovation of undergraduate education. In engineering, he works on the development of alternative energy and residential energy instrumentation systems. In STS he has moved from studies of 19th century physical science to ethno- graphic studies of the engineering design process. He is the author of Sophie Germain: an Essay in the History of the Theory of Elasticity (with N. Dworsky, Reidel, 1980); Designing Engineers (MIT Press, 1994); Engineering Philosophy (Delft Univ. Press, IOS Press, 2003); an engineering textbook, Engineering Mechanics for Structures (Dover, 2008); and is currently working on a book tentatively titled “Re-envisioning Engineering Education” with Arne Jakobsen of the Danish Technical University. He, together with six other faculty from the School of Science, the School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, as well as the School of Engineering, at MIT founded the Concourse Program for freshmen. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Concourse_Program_at_MIT) This collaboratively taught program, continues to this day. More recently, he designed, developed and distributed the Delta Design Game. Used around the globe, the game encapsulates in a three hour exercise his vision of design process - a social process of negotiation engaging participants with different competencies, responsibilities, and interests. Currently he is working with colleagues to establish an undergraduate, pre-professional, bachelor of arts degree program - Liberal Studies in Engineering - meant to attract students undecided about choice of a major but who have sufficient interest to enroll in a program that keeps open the possibility that they might pursue a career in engineering.

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