Program Director; Science, Technology and Society
David Tomblin has served as director of Science, Technology and Society since 2013 but has taught STS and related courses at the University of Maryland since 2009. He earned a BS in biology from Old Dominion University and a MS in biology from Virginia Tech. He earned a doctorate in Science and Technology Studies from Virginia Tech in 2009. Tomblin’s research interests lie in the governance of and public engagement with emerging technologies. He works with a consortium of universities, science museums, and non-profits called Expert and Citizen Assessment of 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, climate change, nanotechnology, and biodiversity.