Robert McGinn
Robert McGinn
Professor Stanford University
Joined OEC on 02/14/2018
Robert McGinn is Professor (Teaching) of Management Science and Engineering, and of Science, Technology, and Society (STS) at Stanford University. He received a B.S. in Unified Science and Engineering at Stevens Institute of Technology, a M.S. in mathematics at Stanford, and a Ph.D. in philosophy and humanities, also at Stanford. Apart from a year at Bell Laboratories, in 1978-79, McGinn has been at Stanford since 1971. McGinn's general research area is technology and society, a field devoted to study of social, cultural, ethical, and policy issues raised by developments in science and technology. His specific research areas are ethics, science, and technology, and engineering ethics. McGinn's publications include Science, Technology, and Society (Prentice-Hall, 1990), The Ethical Engineer: Contemporary Concepts and Cases (Princeton University Press, 2018), and articles in scholarly journals such as Professional Ethics; Technology and Culture; Science, Technology, and Human Values; Science and Engineering Ethics; and Nanoethics. From 1995 to 2011, Prof. McGinn served as director or co-director of Stanford's Science, Technology, and Society (STS) Program. He is a member of the STS Executive Board and served as an STS Faculty Fellow from 2014-2017. McGinn is a member of the Stanford School of Engineering's Undergraduate Council and coordinates the School's Technology in Society (TiS) Requirement. From 2004 to 2014, McGinn conducted research on ethical issues related to nanotechnology for the National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN), for which he served as Ethics Investigator. He was also Social and Ethical Issues Coordinator for the Stanford Nanofabrication Facility (SNF). From 2004-07, he conducted a large-scale study of the views of researchers working in nanotech laboratories at thirteen U.S. universities about ethical issues related to their work. He currently serves on the Ethics Board of the Center for Cellular Construction at the University of California, San Francisco.
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