TechInnovate is delighted to announce that entrepreneurship and innovation educator and author Professor W Bernard Carlson will join the National University of Ireland Galway as a lecturer in entrepreneurship. During the academic year 2019-2020, he will split his time between the University of Virginia (UVa) and NUI Galway where he will teach on the MSc programmes in AgInnovation and TechInnovation.
Bernie Carlson is the Joseph L. Vaughan Professor of Humanities at the University of Virginia. He is also Chair of the Department of Engineering and Society and holds appointments in UVa’s History Department as well as the Bjoring Center for Nursing History. Bernie studied history and physics as an undergraduate at Holy Cross College, received his PhD in the history and sociology of science from the University of Pennsylvania, and did his postdoctoral work at the Harvard Business School.
As a historian of technology, Bernie has written widely on inventors as well as on the role of technology in the rise and fall of civilizations. His books include Innovation as a Social Process: Elihu Thomson and the Rise of General Electric, 1870-1900 (Cambridge University Press, 1991) and Technology in World History, 7 volumes (Oxford University Press, 2005). His most recent book, Tesla: Inventor of the Electrical Age (Princeton University Press, 2013) has been translated into nine languages. In 2015, Bernie won the Sally Hacker Prize from the Society for the History of Technology as well as the IEEE’s Middleton Award in Electrical History. In addition to his books, Bernie has filmed 36 lectures on “Understanding the Inventions that Changed the World” for The Great Courses. He is a regular contributor to Forbes.com, writing on innovation and the modern economy.
Bernie directs the Technology Entrepreneurship program in UVa Engineering which helps students and faculty develop ideas into ventures through coursework and co-curricular activities. He has served on several governing boards, including the IEEE History Committee, the Business History Conference, the National Inventors Hall of Fame, and for five years was Executive Secretary for the Society for the History of Technology. Bernie has advised a variety of companies on innovation, and for over a decade, he was a consultant to Corning Incorporated.
Now entering its fourth year, TechInnovate offers two programmes in Entrepreneurship and Innovation at NUI Galway: the full-time MSc in TechInnovation (applications now open), and the distance education/blended learning MSc in AgInnovation (with some government-funded places still available).