Stephan, Karl D.
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Karl D. Stephan received the B. S. in Engineering from the California Institute of Technology in 1976. Following a year of graduate study at Cornell, he received the Master of Engineering degree in 1977 and was employed by Motorola, Inc. and Scientific-Atlanta as an RF development engineer. He then entered the University of Texas at Austin's graduate program and received the Ph. D. in electrical engineering in 1983. He taught at the University of Massachusetts Amherst from 1983 to 1999, when he received an NSF Science and Technology Studies Fellowship in the history of technology. He spent the 1999-2000 academic year at the University of Texas at Austin, and in 2000 accepted a position as Associate Professor in the Department of Technology at Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas. In 2009, he was promoted to full professor and moved to the Ingram School of Engineering. He has also received an appointment as Adjunct Associate Research Professor at the University of Texas at Austin's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.


Greenhouse gas abatement that makes some sense: methane-sniffing drones

Bad old carbon dioxide is not the only gas that contributes to the earth's net heat balance by trapping heat in the atmosphere. Another commonly used gas - methane, the chief constituent of natural gas - is more than 25 times as effective as COx2082 in trapping heat.

Date posted: 2023-09-12

Yes, climate change is making people depressed and angry - but not for the reasons you might think

Scaring readers out of their wits is not part of the job description of the American Geophysical Union.

Date posted: 2023-06-02

ChatGPT as judge and jury in our justice system?

A degraded view of humanity results when there is no essential distinction between humans and advanced AI programs.

Date posted: 2023-05-01

Can we have too much innovation?

Our fascination with, and enslavement to, constantly new things is unthinking and possibly harmful.

Date posted: 2021-12-04

How a 17th Century French philosopher still shapes pro-life battles

Rene Descartes split the mind from the body and the world changed forever.

Date posted: 2021-11-03

Are students losing their capacity to think logically?

Logic can be considered as a sort of language of philosophical thought. It turns out that over the past century or two, there has been a revolution in the type of logic that has been taught and accepted by most philosophers, and as a result this revolution has insinuated itself in most Western cultures.

Date posted: 2021-08-18