Atsushi Akera
Assistant Professor

Department of Science and Technology Studies 
5206 Sage Lab 
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 
Troy, NY  12180 
ph:(518) 276-2314 
fax:(518) 276-2659 
akeraa@rpi.edu

 

Atsushi Akera is a Historian of Technology and an Assistant Professor in the STS 
Department at Rensselaer.  His primary research focus is on the social and 
institutional history of the Cold War.  In his current project, Calculating 
a Natural World: Computers, Scientists and Engineers During the Rise of 
American Cold War Research
, he uses the history of computing as a metonymic 
device by which to describe broad-based changes in the institutional 
infrastructure for American research.  Dr. Akera received his Ph.D. in 
the History and Sociology of Science Department at the University of 
Pennsylvania in August of 1998.  He is also a graduate of MIT's STS Program 
(Class of 1986).  Prior to his graduate work, he had the opportunity to 
observe how industrial research organizations function while serving as a 
technology analyst at an American research consortium.  His other research 
interests include the history of consumerism and the cultural construction 
of technological images.

 
 

Academic Positions:
Assistant Professor. 2002-. Department of Science and Technology Studies, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Lecturer. 1999-2002. Department of Science and Technology Studies, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. 

Instructor. Spring 1994 - Summer 1999. College of General Studies, University of Pennsylvania.

Instructor. Summer 1994. Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Pennsylvania.

Education: 
Ph.D. August 1998. University of Pennsylvania, Department of History and Sociology of Science. 

M.A. August 1994. University of Pennsylvania, Department of History and Sociology of Science. 

S.B. June 1986. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Program in Science, Technology, and Society. 

S.B. June 1986. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. 

Honors and Awards: 
Undergraduate Curriculum Innovation Grant. AY 2001-2002. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Education.

IEEE Postdoctoral Fellowship. AY 1999-2000. IEEE History Center Fellowship in Electrical History. [Converted to a research grant while a faculty at RPI.] 

SAS Dissertation Fellowship. AY 1996-1997. University of Pennsylvania, School of Arts and Sciences Dissertation Fellowship. 

Smithsonian Institute Fellow. Summer 1996. Smithsonian Institution, National Musuem of American History. 

Adelle and Erwin Tomash Fellowship. AY 1995-1996. Charles Babbage Institute for the History of Information Processing. 

SAS Dissertation Fellowship. AY 1995-1996. [Declined] 

Oral Examination, with distinction. May 1994. 

Research Fellowships. AY 1992-1994. Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, under a faculty research grant. 

University Fellowship. AY 1991-92. University of Pennsylvania, Department of History and Sociology of Science. 

Courses Taught:
"The Politics and Economics of IT" (2001-present)
"IT Revolution--Myth or Reality?" (1999)
"Introduction to Science and Technology Studies" (1999-2002)
"Ethical Issues in Computing" (2000)
"Invention, Innovation, and Product Design" (2000) 
"Engineering and Society" (2000) 
"History of Technology in Western Society" (1998)
"The History of Computing, From Giant Brains to the Internet" (1996)
"History of Invention and Computing" (1995)
"Ethical Issues of Engineering Design" (1994-1995)

Work Experience (other): 
1994-1996: Historical Consultant. Eniac 50th Anniversary Celebration, University of Pennsylvania. 

1995-1996: Associate Curator. Exhibit of the John W. Mauchly Papers. Department of Special Collections, University of Pennsylvania Libraries. 

1988-1991: Technology Analyst. Microelectronics and Computer Technology Corporation, International Liaison Office. Austin, Tex. 

1986-1987. Research Associate. George Mason University, George Mason Institute, Japanese Technical Information Research Service. Fairfax, Va. 

Summer 1984 and 1985. Industrial Internship. Honeywell Corporation, Office Management Systems Division. Billerica, Mass. VI-A internship program, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 
 
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