Michael E. Gorman, Professor, Engineering & Society, University of Virginia



At the McCormick observatory, University of Virginia


Michael E. Gorman earned a Masters (1978) and a PhD (1981) in Social Psychology at the University of New Hampshire. He is a Professor in the Department of Science, Technology & Society at the University of Virginia, where he teaches courses on ethics, invention, psychology of science and communication. He worked for two years as a Program Director in the Science, Technology & Society program at the National Science Foundation and is President of the International Society for Psychology of Science and Technology. His research interests include experimental simulations of science, described in Simulating Science (Indiana University Press, 1992) and cognition,  invention and ethics,  described in Transforming Nature (Kluwer Academic Press, 1998). With support from the NSF, he conducted a multi-year cognitive study of the invention of the telephone whose results appeared in Social Studies of Science and  Thinking and Reasoning. NSF supported his work with Patricia Werhane on case studies that combined ethics, invention and design, described in Ethical and Environmental Challenges to Engineering (Prentice-Hall, 2000). NSF also supported work that led to his edited volumes on Scientific and Technological Thinking (Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2005), and Trading Zones and Interactional Expertise: Creating New Kinds of Collaboration (MIT Press, forthcoming) He edited a special issue on Cognition in Science and Technology for the journal TopiCS in Cognitive Science. His current research is in the kind of interdisciplinary trading zones that will be needed for scientists, engineers and other stakeholders to collaborate on the development of new technologies.


Contact info:

Email: meg3c@virginia.edu

Phone: 434-825-9766 (cell)

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