Carl Mitcham is Emeritus Professor of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences at the Colorado School of Mines, and International Distinguished Professor of Philosophy of Technology at Renmin University of China. He earned degrees from the University of Colorado (BA, MA) and Fordham University (PhD) and has held faculty appointments at Berea College (Kentucky), St. Catharine College (Kentucky), Brooklyn Polytechnic University, and Pennsylvania State University. Visiting appointments include the Universidad de Puerto Rico, Mayagüez, Universidad de Oviedo, the Universities of Tilburg and Twente, Netherlands, and as Fulbright Professor at the Universidad de País Vasco, Spain.
Mitcham's disciplinary background is in philosophy, with an emphasis in philosophy and ethics of science, technology, and engineering. His scholarly publications, however, have been as much interdisciplinary as disciplinary, especially insofar as he has worked to bring philosophy of technology into the interdisciplinary field of Science, Technology, and Society (STS) studies. Publications include Thinking through Technology: The Path between Engineering and Philosophy (1994), Encyclopedia of Science, Technology, and Ethics (4 vols., 2005), Ethics and Science: An Introduction (2012, with Adam Briggle), and a co-edited volume, Philosophy of Engineering, East and West (2018).