Dr. David Hounshell is Roderick Professor, Emeritus, of Technology and Social Change at Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA), where he is a member of the Department of Social and Decision Sciences and the Department of Engineering and Public Policy. He served previously on the faculties of Harvey Mudd College and the University of Delaware, was a guest professor at the Technical University in Munich and Chalmers Technological University in Gothenburg, and held a Bower Fellowship at Harvard Business School.
Dr. Hounshell is the author of From the American System to Mass Production, 1800-1932 and co-author (with John Kenly Smith, Jr.) of Science and Corporate Strategy: DuPont R&D, 1902-1980. He is currently at work on a large-scale study of the rise, maturation, and transformation of industrial research.
Dr. Hounshell was a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, past president of the Society for the History of Technology (and awardee of its Leonardo da Vinci Medal in 2007 and its Dexter Prize in 1987), a recipient of the Business History Conference’s Williamson Medal (1992) and its Newcomen Prize (1992), and winner of the IEEE’s Browder J. Thompson Award (1978). He is a Life Member of IEEE.
(Lessons from successes and failures of a leading chemical company)