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David Tomblin

Director, Science, Technology and Society Program, A. James Clark School of Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park

Biography

David Tomblin works on issues surrounding the governance of and public engagement with emerging technologies and has taught STS and related courses at the University of Maryland since 2009. He succeeded Betsy Mendelsohn as Director of STS programs in College Park Scholars and the University Certificate in the Engineering School in July 2013. He is a Distinguished Fearless Faculty Fellow with the Academy for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and a member of the Engineering Education Research Group.

Tomblin earned a Bachelor of Science in biology from Old Dominion University and a Master of Science in biology from Virginia Tech. He earned a doctorate in science and technology studies from Virginia Tech in 2009. His research focus on the governance of and public engagement with emerging technologies. He works with Arizona State University’s Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes and it’s affiliates in the ECAST (Expert and Citizen Assessment of Technology) network to design and develop public deliberation exercises. His most recent projects have centered on asteroid exploration, nuclear energy, autonomous vehicles and geoengineering.

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Karen L. Akerlof, Taryn Bromser-Kloeden, Kristin Timm, Katherine E. Rowan, James L. Olds, Chris Clarke, Elizabeth Ban Rohring, Emily Therese Cloyd, K. Curran, Elizabeth C. Duesterhoeft, Mahmud Farooque, Erica Goldman, Lisa Gring-Pemble, Stephanie E. Hampton, Sojung Claire Kim, John Kotcher, Darren Milligan, Carlos L. Muñoz Brenes, Cynthia Sandoval, Dann Sklarew, Cynthia Smith, Elizabeth Suhay, David Tomblin, Crystal Upperman, Andrew Wingfield & Xiaoquan Zhao 2021. "Categorizing Professionals’ Perspectives on Environmental Communication with Implications for Graduate Education." Environmental Communication.

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Kaplan, Leah, John Nelson, David Tomblin, Mahmud Farooque, Jason Lloyd, Mark Neff, Bjørn Bedsted, and Dan Sarewitz 2019. Cooling a Warming Planet? Public Forums on Climate Intervention Research.

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Tomblin, David, Worthington, Richard, Gano, Gretchen L., Farooque, Mahmud, Sittenfeld, David and Lloyd, Jason. 2015. Informing NASA’s Asteroid Initiative: A Citizen’s Forum (Full Report). United States.

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Tomblin, David, Worthington, Richard, Gano, Gretchen L., Farooque, Mahmud, Sittenfeld, David and Lloyd, Jason. 2015. Informing NASA’s Asteroid Initiative: A Citizen’s Forum (Summary Report). United States.

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Worthington, Richard, Cavalier, Darlene, Farooque, Mahmud, Gano, Gretchen L., Geddes, Henry, Sander, Steven, et al. 2012. Technology Assessment and Public Participation: From TA to pTA. Expert and Citizen Assessment of Science and Technology (ECAST).

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