Bruce Seely

Bruce Seely

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  • Dean, College of Science and Arts
  • Professor of History and STS
  • Ph.D., University of Delaware
  • M.A., University of Delaware
  • B.A., St. Lawrence University

Biography

Bruce E. Seely is a historian of technology who joined Michigan Tech as an assistant professor in the fall 1986 after teaching at Texas A&M University for five years. He has taught courses in history of technology, as well in American history, Western Civilization, history of science, and science and technology studies. Recently he has helped develop Michigan Tech’s undergraduate minor and graduate certificate in nanoscale science and engineering, developing a course in the societal implications of nanotechnology. His research topics are eclectic, and include the history of engineering and engineering education; transportation history and policy, including highways and railroads with a focus on engineers and policy decisions; the history of the iron and steel industry during the 19th and 20th centuries; and technology transfer and diffusion. He has authored two books, a dozen books chapters, more than 40 articles; and numerous contributions to historical encyclopedias; edited an encyclopedia volume, and presented almost 100 conference and colloquia papers.

Bruce served as Michigan Tech’s University Senate President (1997-2000) and as Social Sciences Department Chair (2002-2008). He has held a number of positions in professional organizations, including Secretary of the Society for the History of Technology (1990-1995), Program Director for Science and Technology Studies at the National Science Foundation, (2000-2002); and member and co-chair of the History Committee of the Transportation Research Board of the National Research Council (1999-2008). He is founding co-editor of the Journal Comparative Technology Transfer and Society, published by Johns Hopkins University Press (2003-2009).