Mario Bianchini

Ph.D. Student

Member Of:
  • School of History and Sociology
Office Location:
Old Civil Engineering Building, 221 Bobby Dodd Way
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Mario Bianchini was born and raised in Philadelphia, where he remained until attending New York University. Mario earned a B.A. from NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study; a school that did not have traditional majors, rather concentrations. As such, Mario concentrated on the manifestation of Nazi guilt in both Eastern and Western German literature. He also studied German at Freie Universität Berlin through a German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) grant. After graduating from NYU, Mario joined the Georgia Institute of Technology as a PhD student in the History and Sociology of Technology and Science where he recently earned his M.S. Mario received a Research Grant for Doctoral Candidates and Young Academics and Scientists from the DAAD. Through this grant, Mario is a visiting scholar at the Center for Modern Historical Research in Potsdam (ZZF Potsdam).  He is also a Contributing Editor for T&C's Technology's Stories journal.

Mario is largely interested in studying East German history of science and technology. More specifically, he is interested in investigating East German technological culture and the state's efforts to build a socialist technological utopia. He is currently involved in a project investigating how East German model train sets became one medium of marketing the East German technological future. He anticipates dissertation chapters investigating how modeling hobbies, sports, science fiction, and education were designed to further the state's goals of technological utopianism. He has also studied post-war German economists and their inability to see economics as a political endeavor. He speaks fluent German, and is currently engaged in learning Russian.

  • M.S. - Georgia Institute Of Technology, History and Sociology of Technology and Science, 2016
  • B.A. - New York University, Individualized Major with a focus on Nazi Guilt in German Post-War Literature, 2012
Awards and
  • Research Grant for Doctoral Candidates and Young Academics and Scientists (more than 6 months), German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) 2017- 2018
  • Homer Rice Award for Community Service, Georgia Institute of Technology 2017
  • High Pass for Comprehensive Exams, Georgia Institute of Technology 2017
  • President's Fellowship, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2014-Present
  • New York University Founders Day Award for Academic Excellence 2012
  • Language Learner's Fellowship, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) 2011
Areas of
  • Cultural History
  • East Germany
  • German History
  • History Of Technology
Research Fields:
  • German
  • History of Technology/Engineering and Society
  • Modern Global History/Science, Technology, and Nationalism
  • Russian
  • Science and Technology Studies
  • Europe
  • Aesthetics and Technology
  • Diffusion of Technology
  • History and Memory
  • Literature