The results are in! We are proud to announce that we have elected six new Board members.
Our Vice President and President-Elect beginning in May 2019 is Pieter Vermaas (Delft University of Technology). In addition, five members-at-large have been elected, with Jose Luis Garcia (Universidade de Lisboa) beginning his term in June 2017 and Sabine Ammon (Darmstadt University of Technology), Pak-Hang Wong (Hang Seng Management College), Robert Rosenberger (Georgia Institute of Technology), and Heather Wiltse (Umeå Institute of Design) starting their terms in June 2018.
We are proud to announce that our new Vice President and President-Elect is Pieter Vermaas; please join us in congratulating Pieter and welcoming him to the Board! We are confident that the Society will be in great hands under his leadership starting during the 21th SPT conference, tentatively scheduled for May 2019.
PIETER VERMAAS: I joined the Philosophy Department of Delft University of Technology after obtaining a PhD at the Institute for History and Foundations of Science of Utrecht University (thesis published with Cambridge University Press A Philosopher’s Understanding of Quantum Mechanics). My initial focus in research was on the ontology of technical artefacts and the methodology of design; currently topics are research and validation methods in design and architectural research, and the incorporation of moral and societal values in technology through design. In addition to teaching engineering ethics, I worked on establishing academic collaboration between Chinese and Dutch technical universities and on creating an institution at Delft University of Technology for collecting and developing skills in design for moral values. My early involvement with the SPT community included organising the 2005 SPT conference in Delft and editing Techné with Peter-Paul Verbeek and Joe Pitt; a later contribution is creating the Philosophy of Engineering Technology book series. After 18 years of participating in the SPT and benefiting from the value it has offered to the philosophy of technology, I look forward to serving SPT as its future VP and president.
Member-at-Large (term 2017-2021)
Our newly elected member-at-large beginning June 2017 is Jose Luis Garcia.
Jose Luis Garcia is a Senior Researcher at the Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon. He received his PhD in Social Sciences from the same University after pursuing doctoral studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London. In his academic career, Garcia has held lectureships and seminars at various universities in Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, Argentina, Brazil and the USA. He is member of SPT since 2003 and he hosted the 2013 SPT Conference in Lisbon entitled “Technology in the Age of Information.” His main research interests are philosophy of technology, political economy of technology, and communication and information technologies. His most recent publications include Pierre Musso and the Network Society: From Saint-Simonianism to the Internet, Springer, 2016 (editor); La Contribution en Ligne: Pratiques Participatives à l’Ère du Capitalisme Informationnel, Presses de l’Université du Québec, 2014 (co-editor with S. Proulx and L.Heaton); and Jacques Ellul and the Technological Society in 21st Century, Springer, 2013 (coeditor with H. M. Jerónimo and C. Mitcham). Presently, he is on the editorial board of Revista Iberoamericana de Ciencia, Tecnologia y Sociedad (Buenos Aires, Argentina) and Scientia Studia: Revista Latino-Americana de Filosofia e História da Ciência (São Paulo, Brazil), among others.
Members-at-Large (term 2018-2022)
Our newly elected members-at-large include Sabine Ammon, Pak-Hang Wong, Robert Rosenberger, and Heather Wiltse. We are looking forward to working with them on the Society’s current priorities when they begin their terms in June 2018.
Sabine Ammon is spokesperson of the interdisciplinary research group “Knowledge Dynamics in Engineering Science” at Berlin University of Technology. She studied architecture and philosophy at Berlin University of Technology with study and research stays at the University of London, the Research Institute of Philosophy Hannover (FIPH), Harvard University, and ETH Zürich. She received her Ph.D. from Berlin University of Technology with a dissertation on concepts of knowledge and understanding in the Philosophy of Nelson Goodman and Catherine Elgin in 2009. Her current research focuses on epistemic, ethical, and aesthetic questions in relation to designing and modeling in architecture and engineering. Among her publications are: The active image. Architecture and engineering in the age of modelling, ed. with R. Capdevila Werning (Springer 2017, forthcoming); “Why designing is not experimenting. Design methods, epistemic praxis and strategies of knowledge acquisition in architecture,” Philosophy & Technology (2017, forthcoming); Bildlichkeit im Zeitalter der Modellierung. Operative Artefakte in Entwurfsprozessen der Architektur und des Ingenieurwesens, ed. with I. Hinterwaldner (Munich: Fink 2017); Wissenschaft Entwerfen. Vom forschenden Entwerfen zur Entwurfsforschung der Architektur, ed. with E. M. Froschauer (Munich: Fink 2013).
Pak-Hang Wong: I am Lecturer at the Department of Social Science, Hang Seng Management College (Hong Kong). I am honored to be elected as a Member-at-Large. I have been member of SPT since 2009, when I started my doctoral research at the University of Twente; I am an active member of the community, and have participated in various events organized by SPT and its members. While the SPT community has always been inspiring (and fun!) and we are often proud of the intellectual diversity within our community, I think SPT —and, philosophy of technology in general— can do better. This belief will inform my role as a Member-at-Large. I hope to bring scholars of ‘non-Western’ philosophy of technology closer with those who are trained in ‘Western’ philosophy of technology. More importantly, as a genuine cosmopolitan, I am confident that I can relate to and represent the interests of our members of different backgrounds. I look forward to serving the members of SPT as a Member-at-Large.
Robert Rosenberger is an Associate Professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology in the School of Public Policy. His work expands the postphenomenological perspective, exploring the implications of technological multistability, and developing an original conception of the ways that technology usage shapes a person’s field of awareness. He conducts deep-dive case studies into topics such as cell-phone-induced driving impairment, hostile architecture, Mars satellite imaging, computer-simulated frog dissection, e-reading immersion, phantom phone vibrations, neuronal synapse imaging, and the critique of anti-homeless design. These projects include public outreach, including writing for popular venues such as Slate and the Atlantic online. He serves as Book Review Editor for Techné, and is the Editor-in-Chief and co-founder of the book series “Postphenomenology and the Philosophy of Technology” with Lexington Books. His edited books include Postphenomenological Investigations: Essays on Human-Technology Relations (co-edited with Peter-Paul Verbeek), and Philosophy of Science: 5 Questions. His forthcoming polemical mini-monograph is entitled Guilty Design: Homelessness and the Philosophy of Technology, with another in progress on the topic of distracted driving.
Heather Wiltse is Assistant Professor at Umeå Institute of Design, Umeå University (Sweden), where she is also currently serving as director of PhD studies. Her interdisciplinary research centers around trying to understand and critique the role of (digital) things in experience and society in ways that can inform design, and it sits at the intersection of design studies, philosophy of technology, and critical technology studies. She has published and/or presented refereed work in philosophy of technology, science and technology studies, human-computer interaction, and design research. Heather is currently co-writing a book, to be published by Bloomsbury, that investigates and articulates what has become of things as computational processes, dynamic networks, and contextual customisation now emerge as factors as important as form, function and material were for designing, using and understanding objects in the industrial age.
We would like to thank our membership for contributing to the continued welfare of the Society by nominating, standing on the ballot, and/or voting. We truly believe that SPT is in good hands with the election of our new Board members and look forward to their contributions to the Society.