David P. Billington, Jr.

Education and Experience

2008- Independent Scholar
Resumed research and writing in the history of transformative engineering innovations.

2007-08 Preceptor, School of Engineering, Princeton University
Helped teach CEE 102: Engineering in the Modern World, Fall Semester 2007. Course presents an overview of major engineering innovations from the mid-18th century to the present.

1998-2007 Independent Scholar
Research and writing in support of efforts to deepen and disseminate the ideas and content of CEE 102.

1996-98 Visiting Researcher, School of Engineering, Princeton University
Provided research for multimedia content in support of CEE 102: Engineering in the Modern World.

1986-95 Ph.D. in Modern British/Commonwealth History, University of Texas at Austin
Research field: Modern Britain and Commonwealth. Teaching fields: Modern Europe, Britain and British Empire/Commonwealth, Russia, International Relations, History of Modern Technology.

1985-86 Research Assistant GS-7 (History of Science), Smithsonian Institution
Assisted editor of the Papers of Joseph Henry, nineteenth century American physicist and first secretary of the Smithsonian Institution.

1982-85 M.A. in International Affairs, The Nitze School (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University
Major areas: Western Europe and International Economics. Coursework also in Russia and the Non-Russian Republics, Middle East, and Japan.

1980-82 B.A. in Political Science and History, Regents College, Albany NY
New York State Board of Regents external degree. Double concentration in political science and history.


The Independent Vision: Engineers and Radical Innovation Since 1920 (forthcoming)

Engineering the Golden Gate: The Interplay of Design and Experience (Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District, 2016), forthcoming.

"The Sources of Modern Engineering Innovation," in Andrew Robinson, ed., Exceptional Creativity in Science and Technology (Templeton Press, 2012), with David P. Billington, Sr.

"Lord Lothian and the Problem of Relative Decline," in Priscilla Roberts, ed., Lord Lothian and Anglo-American Relations, 1900-1940 (Republic of Letters Publishing, 2010).

Power Speed and Form: Engineers and the Making of the Twentieth Century (Princeton University Press, 2006), with David P. Billington, Sr.

Lothian: Philip Kerr and the Quest for World Order (Praeger Security International, 2006) (dissertation)

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