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Gregg Zachary

Professor, Cronkite School of Journalism, Arizona State University

For nearly 40 years, Zachary has been fascinated by the role of engineers in innovation and their relationship to science, politics and culture. He is the author of Endless Frontier: Vannevar Bush, Engineer of the American Century, and Showstopper, about the making of a software program. At Arizona State University, where he is a professor in the university’s school of innovation, he teaches courses on the past, present and future of technological change. Zachary began his social studies of engineering as a journalist, reporting on Apple and computing for newspapers in San Jose. In 1989, he became the chief Silicon Valley reporter for the The Wall Street Journal, where he was senior writer until 2002. He later wrote columns on digital innovation for The New York Times, Technology Review, Spectrum magazine and other publications. Zachary’s work grew increasingly international in the 1990s, when he traveled extensively to technology enclaves in Southeast Asia and Eastern Europe. In the year 2000, he published The Global Me, a book on multicultural identity and the new world economy (a revised edition, incorporating the crisis engendered by 9/11) was published in 2003 as The Diversity Advantage. Zachary maintains a strong interest in sub-Saharan Africa and in many of his more than 50 research visits to the region he has concentrated on the relationship of technology and development. He is the author of a memoir, Married to Africa: a love story, and a collection of essays, Hotel Africa: the politics of escape. In 2017, he completed a three-year study of the growth of computer science at universities in Uganda and Kenya, a project funded by The National Science Foundation. Zachary’s writing on the history of innovation has been described as “deeply informed and insightful” by The New York Times. To learn more about Zachary, see www.gpascalzachary.com