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Austrian Science Counselor
Permanent Representation of Austria to the European Union
Adrian Csik has been serving as science counselor at the Permanent Representation of Austria to the European Union in Brussels since January 2012.
After his law studies at the Universities of Vienna and Salzburg, and postgraduate studies of EU law and economy at the Danube University Krems, Csik did an internship at the European Commission (DG Enlargement) in 2003/2004, before he joined the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science and Research in 2004.
External Relations Director
Steve Carson is external relations director for MIT OpenCourseWare (http://ocw.mit.edu). His responsibilities include sustainability initiatives; strategic partnerships with other organizations; MIT OpenCourseWare's support of OpenCourseWare projects at other institutions; special projects in priority areas; and project evaluation.
Steve also served as the first president of the OpenCourseWare Consortium from 2008 to 2011, where he oversaw the incorporation of the organization as an independent nonprofit, secured funding to support its operation, and helped grow membership to include more than 250 universities globally. He currently serves on the organization's Board of Directors.
Prior to joining the MIT OpenCourseWare team, Steve served as associate director of Emerson College's Division of Continuing Education in Boston, where – in addition to managing core academic activities of the division – he developed and taught Emerson's first asynchronous, Web-based distance learning course. Steve earned his MFA in creative writing from Emerson College, and taught creative and expository writing there for five years.
- MIT OpenCourseWare in the New Era of Online Learning (July 17, 2012)
Spokeswoman of the Austrian Peoples Party for Science and Research
Member of the Austrian Parliament (since 2008)
Senior consultant and CEO of team consult Vienna
Katharina Cortolezis-Schlager has been a management consultant since 1983, and a project manager and staff member of numerous important change projects of national and international organizations, both private and public.
She is also a consultant for educational management, change management processes, and quality management in education, science, and research. As the first female head of the Austrian Students Council and founder of the first Austrian summer university for women, she has long-term experience in various developing issues in education and science.
Cortolezis-Schlager studied economics and business administration at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration.
University of Virginia
Dr. Carlson is a professor at the University of Virginia (UVA), with appointments in the Department of Science, Technology, and Society (School of Engineering and Applied Science) and the History Department (College of Arts and Sciences).
He coordinates the Engineering Business Minor at UVA and teaches a course on “Engineers as Entrepreneurs.” He is an expert on the role of innovation in American history, specifically on how inventors, engineers, and managers used technology between 1875 and 1925 to create new systems and enterprises. His publications include Innovation as a Social Process: Elihu Thomson and the Rise of General Electric, 1870-1900 (Cambridge University Press, 1991; paper 2002), as well as Technology in World History, 7 volumes (Oxford University Press, 2005). In 2008, Technology in World History was awarded the Sally Hacker Prize by the Society for the History of Technology. With support from the Sloan Foundation, he has completed a biography of the inventor Nikola Tesla, which will appear in 2012.
Carlson has served on the board of trustees of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, and is currently serving as the executive secretary for the Society for the History of Technology. He received his Ph.D. in the history and sociology of science from the University of Pennsylvania in 1984 and did postdoctoral work in business history at the Harvard Business School.
Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada
Gary Corbett is the president of the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC) and the chair of the 2nd Science Policy Symposium – Public Science in Canada.
He has over 30 years of experience in the public and private sectors. As an employee of Natural Resources Canada, he worked as a scientist conducting operational research in the coal mining industry in Cape Breton. Relocating his family to Ottawa following the close of the Canadian Cape Breton coal industry in 1998, he focused his attention on policy development as it affects the role of public science in decision making.
Corbett holds a diploma in chemical engineering technology and a bachelor of science from the University of Cape Breton, as well as a master’s degree in mining engineering from McGill University. He is a member of the Ethics Practitioners Association of Canada.
- Letter to the Editor (April 21, 2010)