Karl Stephan
Professor of Electrical Engineering

Karl Stephan writes an engineering ethics blog and teaches electrical engineering at Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas. He has a Ph. D. from the University of Texas at Austin, an M. Eng. from Cornell, and a B. S. in engineering from the California Institute of Technology. He has also taught at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and has worked in industry.

All designers want the product they're working on to be successful. Sometimes success just means that a routine business keeps going as usual with a newer...
Professor of Electrical Engineering
2.1.2018
2:02pm
An unfriendly nurse orders the gown-clothed patient to climb onto the gurney. Beside the gurney on a table stands an ominous-looking black box with dials and...
Professor of Electrical Engineering
7.25.2016
10:24am
The Japanese megacorporation Nintendo was founded way back in 1889 to sell playing cards, and when I hear the word "Pokémon" I think of the...
Professor of Electrical Engineering
7.19.2016
9:29am
A passerby on nearby U.S. 60 made a phone video of the wreck even as it was occurring. You can see cars flying off the track, and eyewitnesses testified to the...
Professor of Electrical Engineering
7.11.2016
10:08am
On May 7 of this year, Joshua Brown, owner of a wireless-network technology company and Tesla car enthusiast, was riding in his Tesla Model S on a divided...
Professor of Electrical Engineering
7.5.2016
10:07am
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Every once in a great while I raise a philosophical issue in this space. Most people who have tried teaching engineering ethics know that a little philosophy...
Professor of Electrical Engineering
6.27.2016
9:32am
First, the known facts. On Sunday, Apr. 24 of this year, Pete Cordaro had driven his Tesla Model S about 73,000 miles, making it one of the higher-mileage...
Professor of Electrical Engineering
6.16.2016
4:36pm
A week before the 1980 presidential election, Ronald Reagan famously asked a debate audience, “Are you better off than you were four years ago?” Though...
Professor of Electrical Engineering
6.14.2016
3:52pm
The highly prestigious journal Science carried an unusual article on June 2. Most scientific papers are about new discoveries—we figured out this theory or we...
Professor of Electrical Engineering
6.6.2016
10:05am
Last June, a man named Hamid Sadeghy was installing a car windshield in Austin, Texas when he felt a vibration in his pocket. Sadeghy, who owns his own auto-...
Professor of Electrical Engineering
5.31.2016
10:24am