David Mindell

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Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Frances and David Dibner Professor of the History of Engineering and Manufacturing
Head of House, MIT Edgerton House
Co-Chair, MIT Task Force on the Work of the Future
Founder, Humatics Corporation
(On Leave, Spring 2021)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139

mindell [at] mit.edu
Administrative Assistant
Financial Officer
David Mindell in action
Academic Degrees

B.S. 1988 Electrical Engineering, Yale University; B.A. 1988 Literature, Yale University; Ph.D. 1996 The History of Technology, MIT

Honors and Awards

Margaret MacVicar Faculty Fellow, MIT; Sally Hacker Prize, Society for the History of Technology; IEEE Life Member Prize in Electrical History; Abbott Payson Usher Prize, Society for the History of Technology

Society Memberships

Associate Fellow, AIAA; Senior Member, IEEE; Fellow, Explorers Club; Fellow, Massachusetts Historical Society; Society for the History of Technology

Positions Held at MIT

Dibner Professor of the History of Engineering and Manufacturing (Assistant Professor 1996-99, Associate Professor 2000 2005); Director, Program in Science, Technology, and Society; Professor of Engineering Systems; Housemaster, MIT Edgerton House; Chair, MIT 150th Anniversary Steering Committee (2011)

Positions Held outside MIT

Visiting Scientist, Deep Submergence Laboratory, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution; Consultant, Hermetic Sciences; Member, NASA Historical Advisory Committee; Member, IEEE Spectrum Editorial Board; Member, Deep Submergence Science Committee

Specialization and Research Interests

Human-machine interaction, deep ocean robotics, archaeology in the deep ocean, history of aviation and spaceflight, social implications of engineering

Teaching Interests

Engineering Apollo, Introduction to the History of Technology (STS. 340), The History of MIT (STS)