Gary Downey
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Trained as a mechanical engineer (B.S. Lehigh 1974) and cultural anthropologist (B.A. Lehigh 1974, M.A. 1977 Chicago, Ph.D. Chicago 1981), Dr. Downey is an Alumni Distinguished Professor of Science and Technology Studies and an affiliated faculty member in the Departments of Engineering Education and Sociology, as well as in the Women's Studies Program. He is author of The Machine in Me: An Anthropologist Sits Among Computer Engineers (Routledge 1998), co-editor of The Machine in Me: Anthropological Interventions in Emerging Sciences and Technology (School of American Research Press 1998), co-editor of What Is Global Engineering Education For?: The Making of International Educators (Morgan & Claypool 2011), and developer of the multimedia textbook Engineering Cultures (Virginia Tech 2002). He is lead founder of the International Network for Engineering Studies and Editor of its interdisciplinary journal Engineering Studies. He also edits the book series Engineering Studies at MIT Press and the series Global Engineering at Morgan & Claypool Publishers. In 2011 he was received the Virginia Outstanding Faculty award, the highest-ranked of 106 nominees. He has received 17 external grants totaling $1.4M. He was Distinguished Lecturer at the 2006 Annual Meeting of the American Society for Engineering Education and Keynote Lecturer at the 7th World Congress of Chemical Engineering in 2005. He is winner of the 2004 William E. Wine Award for career excellence in teaching, 2003 XCaliber Award for high-quality instructional technology, and 1997 Diggs Teaching Scholar Award for original scholarship in teaching. His current research explores the influences of dominant images of progress on what counts as engineers and engineering knowledge in different countries.

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