Peter Westin

Ph.D. Student

Member Of:
  • School of History and Sociology
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Peter is currently working at the University of Virginia as Lecturer in the department of Engineering and Society in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Prior to his studies at Georgia Tech, Peter earned his BA in History at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas then served as an Army officer (Infantry and Military Intelligence) in Europe and the US for 8 years. This was followed by lengthy work experience in Fortune Global 100 corporations (manufacturing and retail), mid-size service companies, small businesses, and most recently owning/operating an online specialty retail micro-business.  Originally from Sweden, his parents immigrated to America in the 1950’s and his father’s US Army career brought them back to Europe for most of Peter’s formative years. This contributed greatly to his understanding and appreciation of multicultural environments and acquiring fluency in European languages. That awareness is one he draws upon as a historian of technology in his inter-disciplinary research with 20th Century technologies, Europe and the environment. He is currently examining knowledge flow, innovation, and use across the intersection of motorsports, manufacturing, environment, and automobility. He is also interested in logistics/supply-chain as well as World War II equipment and logistics.

Faculty Advisor:  John Krige
  • MS, History & Sociology of Technology & Science, Georgia Tech
  • BA, History, Trinity University (San Antonio, TX)
Awards and
  • Doan Fellow - Beckman Center, Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) 2013-2014
  • Ivan Allen College Paper Competition, GTRIC (2014)
  • Georgia-Pacific Paper Division Outstanding Performance Award (2003)
Areas of
  • Automobility
  • Business Technologies
  • Engineering Education
  • Europe
  • Formula One
  • Innovation
  • Knowledge Flow
  • Logistics
  • Manufacturing
  • Motorsports
  • Supply Chain
  • Technological Implementation/Innovation
  • Technology And The Environment
  • Transnational
Research Fields:
  • History of Technology/Engineering and Society
  • Modern Global History/Science, Technology, and Nationalism
  • Europe
  • United States
  • Weapons and Security
  • Creativity in Context
  • Diffusion of Technology
  • Emerging Technologies - Innovation
  • Higher Education: Teaching and Learning
  • Innovation
  • Interdisciplinary Learning and Partnering
  • International Communication
  • International Trade and Investment
  • Language and Popular Culture
  • National Security
  • Perspectives on technology
  • Science and Technology
  • Sports
  • Technology
  • Technology Management and Policy
  • Terrorism
  • Transportation
  • Transportation Safety