University of Virginia
Dr. Carlson is a professor at the University of Virginia (UVA), with appointments in the Department of Science, Technology, and Society (School of Engineering and Applied Science) and the History Department (College of Arts and Sciences).
He coordinates the Engineering Business Minor at UVA and teaches a course on “Engineers as Entrepreneurs.” He is an expert on the role of innovation in American history, specifically on how inventors, engineers, and managers used technology between 1875 and 1925 to create new systems and enterprises. His publications include Innovation as a Social Process: Elihu Thomson and the Rise of General Electric, 1870-1900 (Cambridge University Press, 1991; paper 2002), as well as Technology in World History, 7 volumes (Oxford University Press, 2005). In 2008, Technology in World History was awarded the Sally Hacker Prize by the Society for the History of Technology. With support from the Sloan Foundation, he has completed a biography of the inventor Nikola Tesla, which will appear in 2012.
Carlson has served on the board of trustees of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, and is currently serving as the executive secretary for the Society for the History of Technology. He received his Ph.D. in the history and sociology of science from the University of Pennsylvania in 1984 and did postdoctoral work in business history at the Harvard Business School.
Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada
Gary Corbett is the president of the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC) and the chair of the 2nd Science Policy Symposium – Public Science in Canada.
He has over 30 years of experience in the public and private sectors. As an employee of Natural Resources Canada, he worked as a scientist conducting operational research in the coal mining industry in Cape Breton. Relocating his family to Ottawa following the close of the Canadian Cape Breton coal industry in 1998, he focused his attention on policy development as it affects the role of public science in decision making.
Corbett holds a diploma in chemical engineering technology and a bachelor of science from the University of Cape Breton, as well as a master’s degree in mining engineering from McGill University. He is a member of the Ethics Practitioners Association of Canada.