Ross K Bassett
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I received my undergraduate education from the University of Pennsylvania, earning a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. I then worked at IBM, designing semiconductor memory systems for large computers. I eventually found myself interested in a number of questions about the technologies I was working on which could only be answered by a historical perspective. I left IBM, to study history, earning a masters degree at Cornell and then a doctorate at Princeton. I have been particularly interested in the movement of technologies and engineers across a variety of boundaries. My first book, a history of the MOS transistor, the dominant semiconductor of our time, examined how it moved from East Coast research labs to Silicon Valley start-ups, such as Intel, and subsequently entered every area of American life. I have just completed a study of Indian graduates of MIT, showing the central role that MIT played in the technological imagination of a group of English language educated Indians.
I am currently the director of the Benjamin Franklin Scholars at NC State, which allows engineering students to simultaneously pursue a degree in humanities or social sciences.
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- E 497 - 001Engineering Research Projects06:00 - 08:45 M232 Daniels Hall
- HI 341 - 001Technology in History03:00 - 04:15 M W450 Riddick Hall
- STS 302 - 002HContemporary Science, Technology and Human Values01:30 - 02:45 M W218 Poe Hall