Married, one child.
B.A., Mathematics, Grinnell College, Grinnell,
M.A., Economics, University of Wisconsin, Madison; 1972.
Ph.D., Economics, University of
Wisconsin, Madison; 1975.
Dissertation: The Impact of Joint Ventures on Bidding for Offshore Oil
Advisor: Leonard W. Weiss.
Present and Previous Positions:
Science, Policy and Engineering Programs, Union College, Schenectady, NY
||Kenneth B. Sharpe Professor of
Economics, Union College, Schenectady, NY
Interdisciplinary Studies & Special Programs, Union College, Schenectady, NY
||Director, Center for
Converging Technologies, Union College, Schenectady, NY
||Associate Dean for Information Technology, Union College, Schenectady, NY
||Scholar in Residence, Department of Economics, New York University, NY, NY
||Professor of Economics, Union College, Schenectady, NY
||Chair, Department of Economics, Union College, Schenectady, NY
||Consultant and visiting staff, Department of Economics, University of
Newcastle upon Tyne, Newcastle, England
||Associate Professor of Economics, Union College, Schenectady, NY
||Visitor, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Bath,
||Assistant Professor of Economics, Union College, Schenectady, NY
||Economic Policy Analyst, Program Evaluation Division of the U.S. General
Accounting Office, Washington, DC
||Brookings Institution Economic Policy Fellow
||Assistant Professor of Economics, The Maxwell School, Syracuse University,
Grants and Awards:
||co-recipient of the
Sterling Olmsted Award of the Liberal Education/Engineering & Society
Division of the American Society of Engineering Education, presented for
"distinguished contributions to the development and teaching of liberal arts
in engineering education"
Presidential Green Grant, with A.J. Place
National Science Foundation S-STEM grant, "Supporting
Scholars in Science and Engineering," co-PI, with C.
||U.S. Department of Agriculture, "Measuring the Economic
Efficiency of Rural Midwestern Counties," with H. Fried
||Sloan grant for using experiments in teaching introductory
economics; with H. Fried
||Sloan grant for integration of mathematics and technology into
the Liberal Arts curriculum; with S. Schmidt and S. Yaisawarng
||Union College Faculty Research Grant
||Union College Merit Award for Teaching and Scholarship
||Brookings Inst. Economic Policy Fellowship
||Ford Foundation Fellowship
||Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation Fellowship
||Phi Beta Kappa
||B.A. with honors
||Woodrow Wilson Fellowship
||Honorary Grinnell Fellowship
Program committee and
proceedings editor of the Symposium
on Engineering & Liberal Education, 2007-08-09; Co-chair, 2010. 2011;
Program Committee, 2012-
NSF proposal review panelist,
Invited participant in
NSF-sponsored workshop on Technological Literacy held at the National Academy of
Engineering, Washington, DC, April, 2007.
Co-Principle Investigator and Webmaster for "Archiving
the WWW" workshop, Union College, 2002-03; funded by Center for
Educational Technology and the Andrew W.
Seminar leader for the NYU Network Summer 2000 Seminar, "Technological Transformation
of the Undergraduate Classroom", sponsored by the NYU Faculty Resource
Network, June 2000.
Invited international expert at “International Trends
and Developments in Benchmark Methods and Techniques” sponsored by the Deputy
Mayor of the City of Amsterdam, Netherlands, February 19-21, 1998.
Consultant to the State Commission on the Capital Region, 1996-97. Analyzing efficiency
provision of public services; with Hal Fried. Produced the report "Best Practice Benchmarks
for the Capital Region", June, 1997.
Director, Social Sciences Statistics Laboratory, Union College, 1988-1992, 1993- .
Consultant to the Dept. of Economics, University of Newcastle upon Tyne. Responsible
for establishing and coordinating a peer tutoring program for the Department's
25-workstation Novell network.
Referee: Small Business Economics, The Review of Economics and Statistics; The Journal of Economic Education; Journal of Economic Surveys; Southern Economic
Journal; Journal of Economics and Business
Consultant, Unocal Corp. Testified on anti- competitive effects of proposed Mesa
Consultant, New York State Commission on State and Local Relations. Helped design a
data base management system to track aid flows to local governments in New York State;
Consultant, New York State Department of Law, Energy and Utilities Division. Prepared
three affidavits and presented expert testimony before the New York State Public Service
Commission in a New York Telephone rate case; 1980.
Coauthor, "Closer Controls and Better Data could Improve Antitrust
Enforcement," U.S. General Accounting Office, February 29, 1980.
Areas of interest:
Interdisciplinary intersections between engineering
and the liberal arts
Effective use of technology in the undergraduate curriculum
Industrial organization; regulation; antitrust
Auctions and experimental economics
Energy and natural resource economics
“Do We Control Technology or Does Technology Control Us,”
Proceedings of the 2012 Am. Assn. for Engineering
Education Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX, June 10-13, 2012.
"Fostering Innovation through the Integration of
Engineering and Liberal Education," Proceedings of
the 2011 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition,
Vancouver, June, 2011, with Cherrice Traver (Union College), Borjana
Mikic (Smith College), Atsushi Akera (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute),
Steven B. Shooter (Bucknell University), Ari W. Epstein (Massachusetts
Institute of Technology), and David Gillette (California Polytechnic State
University, San Luis Obispo).
and the Liberal Arts: A Two Way Street,”
Proceedings of the 2010
ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition,
Louisville, June, 2010; with Cherrice Traver.
in Context: Integrating Technological 'Literacy' with
Science Requirements for Non-Majors,"
Proceedings of the 2008 ASEE Annual
Conference and Exposition,
June 22-25, 2008. With W. Bernard Carlson, Ronald Miller,
Kathryn Neeley, Sarah Pfatteicher, Bruce Seely.
“Engineering, the Liberal Arts and
Technological Literacy in Higher Education,”
IEEE Technology & Society Magazine, Winter 2007.
pp 23-28; with Robert T.
"Liberal Arts and Technological Literacy," Proceedings of the 2006
ASEE Annual Conference and
Chicago, June, 2006, with Robert Balmer.
“Flush with Excitement: An Innovative Use of
Art and Technology for Education,” Proceedings of the 10th Biennial
Symposium on Arts & Technology, Ammerman Center for Arts & Technology,
Connecticut College, New London, CT, 2006; with Adrienne
“Licking Disability: Re-flections on the
Politics of Postage Stamps,” Radical History Review,” 94, 2006;
with Geoffrey Swan, Teresa Meade, J. and
"Benchmarking the Performance of Rural
Communities: A Preliminary Model," The Western Planner, v. 22,
no. 8 (December 2001), 5-7; with Harold O. Fried.
"Measuring the Efficiency of U.S. Metropolitan Areas," in Jos
L.T. Blank, ed., Public Provision and Performance: Contributions from
Efficiency and Productivity Measurement. (Amsterdam: Elsevier-North
Holland, 2000), 331-353; with Harold O. Fried.
Book review: Using People Skills in Training and Development, by Leslie Rae.
(London: Kogan Page Limited, 1998). Reviewed for ALT-Journal (The Association of Learning
Technology Journal), v. 7, no. 1 (1999), 73-75.
"Best Practice Benchmarks for the Capital Region," report to the State
Commission on the Capital Region (June, 1997); with Harold O. Fried.
"Evaluation of Peer Tutors in Facilitating Computer Use in Higher Education,"
Education Economics, v. 2, no. 3 (1994), 313-326; with Peter Dolton and Ivan Weir.
"The Effects of Sulfur Dioxide Controls on Productivity Change in the U.S.
Electric Power Industry," The Review of Economics and Statistics, v. 76, no. 3
(August, 1994), 447-460; with Suthathip Yaisawarng.
Software review: "Data Resources for Economics on CD-ROM,"
Journal, v. 103, no. 421 (November, 1993), 183-192.
Abstract: "Environmental Controls and Efficiency in the U.S. Electric Power
Industry," Atlantic Economic Journal, v. 21, no. 3 (September, 1993), 81; with
Software review: "Scientific Word,"
The Economic Journal, v. 103, no.
418 (May, 1993), 777-782; with Peter Dolton.
"Productivity Changes in the U.S. Electric Power Industry," in David
Audretsch and John Siegfried, eds., Empirical Studies in Industrial Organization, in
Honor of Leonard W. Weiss (Klewer, 1992); with Shelton Schmidt and Suthathip
"The Effectiveness and Stability of Highway Bid-Rigging," in David Audretsch
and John Siegfried, eds., Empirical Studies in Industrial Organization, in Honor of
Leonard W. Weiss (Klewer, 1992); with Lance Brannman.
Software review: "Bibliographic Resources for Economics on CD-ROM,"
Economic Journal, v. 102, no. 413 (July, 1992), 1012-1017.
Book review: "Competition: The Economics of Industrial Change, by Paul
Auerbach", Review of Industrial Organization, v. 5, no. 1 (Spring, 1990),
"Cooperation and the Per Se Debate: Evidence from the United Kingdom,"
The Antitrust Bulletin, v. 34, no. 3 (Fall, 1989), 517-532.
"The Price Effects of Increased Competition in Auction Markets,"
Economics and Statistics, v. 59, no. 1 (February, 1987), 24-32; with Lance Brannman
and Leonard W. Weiss. Reprinted as Chapter 5 in Leonard W. Weiss, ed., Concentration
and Price, (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1989).
"Order Statistics as Predictors of Winning Bids in Five Types of Auctions,"
of the Eleventh Annual Conference of the European Association for Research in Industrial
Economics, v. 2 (Aug. 29-31, 1984), 532-560; with Lance Brannman and Leonard W. Weiss.
"Concentration and Winning Bids in Auctions,"
The Antitrust Bulletin,
v. 29, no. 1 (Spring 1984), 27-31; with Lance Brannman and Leonard W. Weiss.
The Impact of Joint Ventures on Bidding for Offshore Oil, Outstanding
Dissertations in Economics series (New York: Garland Publishing, Inc., 1983).
"The Problem of Joint Ventures in Bidding for Offshore Oil," in Y.
ed., Bidding and Auctioning for Procurement and Allocation, (New York: New York
University Press, 1976).
Articles on "Public Utility" and "Monopoly" for the
Americana. (New York: Grolier, Inc., 1976, 1977).
Working Papers and Presentations
and Liberal Education in a Required Research Seminar", poster presented at
the 5th Symposium on Engineering & Liberal Education, Union College in
Schenectady, NY, June 1-3, 2012. With C. Traver, Union
Entrepreneurship, Environment, and Ethics in the Classics Curriculum," panel
presentation at the Classical Association of the Atlantic States, October 9,
2010, with Randall Childree, Kristen Gentile, Hans-Friedrich Mueller, Stacie
Raucci, Cherrice Traver, and Tarik Wareh, all Union College.
& Liberal Education," American Association of Colleges & Universities,
2010 Annual Meeting, January 20-23, 2010; with Andrew Guswa, John Krupczak,
Jenn Stroud Rossman, and Cherrice Traver.
"Inventive Courses: Blending Engineering and the Liberal Arts,"
Frontiers in Education, October 18-21, 2009. With Sharon Jones, Stacie
Raucci, and Cherrice Traver
Visions: Enhancing Engineering Education through the History of Technology,
“Anticipating Unintended Consequences: Learning to Engineer in a Social and
Historical Context,” Frontiers In Education Annual
Conference, October 23, 2008;
with Atsushi Akera, David Hemmendinger, Frederik Nebeker, Aristotle
Panel - "The
Technological Literacy of Undergraduates: Developing Standard Models,"
Frontiers in Education, October 2007, with John J. Krupczak, Jr., David
Ollis, W. Bernard Carlson, J. Douglass Klein, Kathryn Neeley, W. Grant
Norton, Barbara Oakley, Russell Pimmel, Greg Pearson, James F. Young.
“Attracting And Retaining the Creative Class
in Tech Valley,” presented at the
Second Annual Tech Valley
Engineering Symposium, 2006
“What does the Creative Class Mean to the
Capital Region?” presented at the Schenectady Museum symposium
High Voltage Fields, 2005
"Nanotech and Society", presented
to the Society of Black and Hispanic Engineers, Union College, April 22,
"Educating for Tech Valley,"
presented to the Tech Valley BOCES Career Centers meeting, March 22, 2003.
"Confronting Distance Education,"
keynote address at the Technology, Pedagogy and Course Redesign Conference,
Fairfield University, June 17, 2001.
"Teaching and Learning With Technology Today," presented to the
Schenectady Area Union Alumni Association, November, 2000.
"Site of the Week",
created for the Office of Curricular Design at Union College, 1999.
History with Online Primary Sources", presented at Syllabus99 Conference, Santa Clara, California, July,
"Effects of Competition on Efficiency in the U.S. Electric Power Industry,"
presented at the Third Georgia Productivity Conference, University of Georgia, Athens, GA,
October, 1998; with David Kunselman.
"Evaluating and Enhancing the Performance of a Region: An Application tot he
Capital Region of New York State," with Harold O. Fried. Presented at the European
Productivity Conference, Copenhagen, October, 1997 and the Eastern Economics Association
Meetings, New York, February, 1998.
Structure, Market Size, and Hospital Efficiency", presented at the American Economic
Society meetings, Williamsburg, VA (October, 1995) and the Southern Economics Association
meetings in New Orleans, LA (November, 1995), with Paul Foshee.
"Measuring Relative Regulatory Compliance in the Automobile Industry,"
presented at the Southern Economics Association meetings, Orlando, Florida (November,
"Plant-Specific Shadow Prices for Sulfur Dioxide in the U.S. Electric Power
Industry," presented at the Southern Economics Association Meetings, Nashville, TN
(November, 1991), and the Conference on Current Issues in Productivity, Rutgers, The State
University of New Jersey (December, 1991); revised and presented at the Atlantic Economics
Association Meetings, Montreal, Canada (October, 1994); with Suthathip Yaisawarng.
"The Effects of Environmental Controls on Productive and Scale Efficiency in the
U.S. Electric Power Industry," presented at the Atlantic Economic Society
International Meetings, April 10, 1993, Brussels, Belgium; with S. Yaisawarng.
"Avoiding the Winner's Curse: Are Bidders Rational" Union College Working
TAB 333T: New Zealand
Miniterm: Electric Power and Resource Management in New Zealand
Intermediate Microeconomic Theory
Economics 233: American Industry and Public Policy
Sophomore/Scholars Research Seminar: Research to Improve Union's Energy
First-Year Preceptorial: Do We Control Technology or Does Technology Control
Economics 230: The
Mind of the Entrepreneur (team taught)
IDM 102: Technology, Culture and Society (team taught)
Introduction to Digital
Images (short course for Office of Curricular Design)
Economics 101: Introductory Economics
Competing Philosophies in U.S. Economic Policy (Am-C; W-1 for the General Education
Economics 325: Efficiency Management of Technology
Economics 498-499: Senior Thesis
Organizing Theme 498-499: Senior Project
Engaging Evidence: Improving Student Learning
Through a Plan of Study steering committee (funded by
Our Shared Humanities working committee (funded by Andrew W. Mellon
Co-organizer of the 3rd
Union College Alumni Symposium, "Smart Grid," April 9-11, 2010
Chair, Peter Irving Wold Center building
steering committee, 2008-2011
Chair, Vice President for Admissions, Financial Aid and Enrollment search
General Education Board,
ex officio, 2006, Chair, 2007-2011
Wold Professor of Religious Studies search committee, ex officio,
Co-chair, Science, Engineering & CT Facilities Planning Committee, 2004-2008
Panel moderator, "Converging Technologies at Union College," March 8, 2002
Creator and webmaster for the Advisor's
Advisor web site at Union College; 1999-2012
Computing Steering Committee, 2000-2006
Project Director, Andrew
W. Mellon Foundation Grant, "Using Technology to Enable Interdisciplinary &
Team-Taught Courses," 1997-2001
Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha of New York Chapter, President, 1995-1998
Social Science Statistics Lab Director, 1988-92, 1993-2007
Selection Committee, 1980-85, Chair 1987-92, 1993-95,
F. W. Olin Building Program Committee, 1995-1998
Technology and the Liberal Arts Subcommittee of Planning and Priorities, 1995-1998
GE Engineering Curriculum Grant Steering Committee, 1993-1995
Academic Affairs Council, Subcouncil on Academic Computing, 1988-92, 1993-; Chair, 1997-2000
Planning Committee on Electronic Learning Resources, 1992-1994
Math-Science-Engineering resource room committee, 1995
Union Committee on Teaching, presenter, 1994, 1999
Admissions Liaison Committee, 1991-96 , Chair, 1991-92
Daycare Center Building Planning Committee, 1994
Social Sciences Instructional Technology Liaison, 1991-92
Acting Chair, Economics Department, 1990 (two terms)
Student Affairs Council, 1987-90, Chair 1988-90
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Grant for the New Liberal Arts Advisory Committee, 1986-92
Dudley Observatory Board of
Trustees, 2008-; Finance Committee, 2010-
Council, Center for Economic Growth, 2007-2009
Science and Technology Advisory
Board, the Schenectady Museum and Suites-Bueche Planetarium, 2006-2009
Advisory Board of the Cornell Cooperative Extension of
Schenectady County, 2005-2008
Committee on Meeting Essential Needs of United Way of
Schenectady County, 2005-2006