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Marie Stettler Kleine

Seungmi Chung, Science and Technology Studies Student

Marie Stettler Kleine, Science and Technology Studies Student
Marie Stettler Kleine, Science and Technology Studies Student

Department of  Science, Technology, and Society
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Marie Stettler Kleine conducts research on engineering practice and pedagogy around the world, exploring its origins, purposes, and potential futures. Marie uses methods from anthropology, sociology, and history. She is especially interested in the roles of values–both secular and religious–in engineers’ pursuit to “do good.” Marie’s interest in values and engagement in professional cultures also extends to innovation and its experts. With Matthew Wisnioski and Eric Hintz, Marie co-edited Does America Need More Innovators? (MIT Press, 2019). This project engages innovation’s champions, critics, and reformers in critical participation. 2 Marie is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Science, Technology, and Society (STS). She holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering and international studies from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, and an M.S. in STS from Virginia Tech. 

  • Engineering
  • Values
  • Religion and Secularity
  • Development
  • Humanitarianisms 
  • MS in Science and Technology Studies, Virginia Tech, 2016 
  • BS in Mechanical Engineering and International Studies, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, 2014
  • Joseph F. Hunkler Memorial Scholarship, Virginia Tech Graduate School, $35,000, 2018-2019
  • NSF Society for the History of Technology (SHOT) Travel Grant, $500, 2017
  • Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology Student Grant, $500, 2015 

Invited Lectures

  • Engineering for Doing Good: What Problems are Worth Solving? Engineering Exchange for Social Justice and the Department of Integrated Engineering, University of San Diego. San Diego, CA, December 10, 2019.
  • Humanitarian Engineering and the “Persistent Desire to Help.” Engineering, Design, and Society, Colorado School of Mines. Golden, CO, April 19, 2019.
  • International Development, Appropriate Technology, and the Desire to Engineer a “Better World.” Engineers With a Mission, Baylor University. Waco, TX, November 5, 2018.

Conference Presentations (selected)

  • Proselytizing Problem-Solving: Religion and the Training of Engineers for Doing Good, AAR Annual Conference. San Diego, CA, November 23, 2019.
  • Engineers With a Mission: Religion, Humanitarian Engineers, and a Solar Panel Array in Haiti. 4S Annual Conference. New Orleans, LA, September 7, 2019.
  • Building Bridges between Engineering-for-Development Practitioners and Critical Theorists. Engineering, Social Justice, and Peace. San Diego, CA, January 25, 2018.
  • The Evolving Values of Justice in Engineering-for-Development. Society of the History of Technology (SHOT). Philadelphia, PA, October 28, 2017.
  • Exporting Engineering for Justice. 4S Annual Conference. Boston, MA, September 2, 2017.
  • From “Just Engineering” to Engineering-for-Justice. SEE Well: Using Science and Engineering as a Public Good. Blacksburg, VA, March 24, 2017.