David Tomblin


University of Maryland
1125 Cumberland Hall - 4145 Valley Drive
College Park, MD
United States


Director/Senior Lecturer


I am a senior lecturer with an appointment in the A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland College Park. I have served as director of the Science, Technology and Society program since 2013 and have taught at the University of Maryland since 2009. I earned a Bachelor of Science in biology from Old Dominion University and a Master of Science in biology from Virginia Tech. I earned a doctorate in science and technology studies from Virginia Tech in 2009. My research focus is on the governance of and public engagement with emerging technologies. I work with a consortium of universities, science museums and nonprofits called Expert and Citizen Assessment of Science and Technology (ECAST) to develop public engagement exercises for government agencies such as NASA, Department of Energy and NOAA. Recent projects have centered on asteroid exploration, nuclear energy, autonomous vehicles and geoengineering. I am also a Distinguished Fearless Faculty Fellow with the Academy for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and a member of the Engineering Education Research Group.