Williams, Logan D.A.
Logan D. A. Williams' Website
Logan D. A. Williams teaches the capstone course for two living-learning communities: the Women in Engineering Flexus/Virtus program (ENES 216/214) and the College Park Scholars Science, Technology & Society program (CPSS 225). She also teaches a course on engineering ethics (ENEE 200) for the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and advises faculty on how to incorporate anti-racist design ethics into their courses. Previously, at Michigan State University, she taught “Introduction to History, Philosophy and Sociology of Science” in Lyman Briggs College (also a living–learning community) and a graduate course, “Qualitative Field Methods,” in the Department of Sociology. In the classroom, Williams uses evidence-based techniques that enhance students’ ability to communicate professionally, conduct research and analyze findings.
Topically, Williams studies health and information technology; however, her broad research interests are design ethics: responsible innovation, inclusive innovation, gendered innovation, innovation from below, technology transfer, technology users/non-users, and technology governance. She organizes the knowledge from the margins scholarly network and, in 2015, organized a conference by the same name, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Her doctorate in science and technology studies from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute involved multi-sited research in North America, Africa and Asia funded by NSF, Council of American Overseas Research Centers, Rensselaer, and Council of Women World Leaders.
As an undergraduate student at Iowa State University, Williams interned for Chevron-Phillips and IBM, while working on her B.S. in mechanical engineering and enjoying the camaraderie of Society of Women Engineers. She also developed a novel biomedical diagnostic device while acquiring her M.S. in mechanical engineering from University of Colorado at Boulder.
Technology, design and inequality
Williams, Logan D. A. “Getting Undone Technology Done: Global Techno-Assemblage and the Value Chain of Invention.” Science, Technology and Society 22, no. 1 (March 1, 2017): 38–58. https://doi.org/10.1177/0971721816682799.
Williams, Logan D. A., and Thomas S. Woodson. “Enhancing Socio-Technical Governance: Targeting Inequality in Innovation Through Inclusivity Mainstreaming.” Minerva 57, no. 4 (December 1, 2019): 453–77. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11024-019-09375-4.
Publications with undergraduate research assistants:
Batayeh, Brian G., Georgia H. Artzberger, and Logan D. A. Williams. “Socially Responsible Innovation in Health Care: Cycles of Actualization.” Technology in Society 53 (May 1, 2018): 14–22. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.techsoc.2017.11.002.
Williams, Logan D. A., and Georgia H. Artzberger. “Developing Women as ICT Users: A Miniature Scoping Review of Gender and ICTs for Development.” Gender, Technology and Development 23, no. 3 (November 6, 2019): 234–56. https://doi.org/10.1080/09718524.2019.1679330.