DR. MOIRA GUNN stands squarely at the nexus of technology, science and society.
Through her public radio program Tech Nation, and its regular segment BioTech Nation, she has interviewed over 3,000 people – from CEO’s to scientists, from venture capitalists to politicians, from teachers to technophobes. In her words, everyone plays a role – everyone is a piece of the puzzle.
A former NASA scientist and engineer, her primary career focus has been in Big Data, well before it was called Big Data. More recently, Gunn has also reached into the world of biotechnology, interviewing the people who decode our DNA, seek cures for cancer and rare disease, and work to make energy fully sustainable. Her book: Welcome to BioTech Nation: My Unexpected Odyssey into the Land of Small Molecules, Lean Genes, and Big Ideas was named to the Best Science Books of 2007 List by the Library Journal.
Tech Nation/BioTech Nation play to a broad audience, airing nationwide on over 200 public radio stations, on the NPR channel on SiriusXM, and the NPR 24-hour Program Stream, as well as globally to 144 countries via American Forces Radio International and to everyone, everywhere on the Internet.
An award-winning radio journalist, Gunn success in explaining and framing technology and science grows out of solid credentials: She was the first woman to earn a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University, where she also earned a Masters in Computer Science. With a long career in systems development, she holds a software patent in nutrition research, is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and was further recognized for her career achievements by Purdue with an honorary doctorate in science.
Dr. Gunn is a member of the faculty of the School of Management at the University of San Francisco, where she founded and directs the Business of Biotechnology Program. Her research focuses on the expertise needed to move breakthrough scientific research to viable commercial products, as well as in measuring everyday attitudes toward science, technology, engineering and math, as well as biotechnology, bioethics, and global information systems.
The National Science Board awarded Dr. Gunn the Public Service Award to the Individual for her contributions to the public understanding of science and engineering. She is the former President of SIBER, the Society for International Bioentrepreneurship Education and Research. Among other board position, Gunn holds Emeritus status at the Tech Museum of Innovation in Silicon Valley, and is currently a member of the Strategic Research Advisory Council of Purdue University.
Gunn is equally known for her indepth and insightful role as a panel moderator, and for her speaking engagements, which reflect a number of topics, including the impact of technology and biotechnology on society, and misinformation in the media, from infographics to television commercials to social media, and beyond.
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