Minnesota as a "Digital State": Or, How the Nation's First Computer Industry was Born in a St. Paul Radiator Shop
Event Speaker: Dr. Tom Misa directs the University of Minnesota's Charles Babbage Institute, a research center specializing in the history of information technology. He holds the Engineering Research Associates chair in the history of technology; is a faculty member in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering; and teaches in the graduate program in the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine. His recent books include Digital State: The Story of Minnesota's Computing Industry (Minnesota 2013); Leonardo to the Internet: Technology and Culture from the Renaissance to the Present (Johns Hopkins, 2nd ed. 2011); and Gender Codes: Why Women Are Leaving Computing (Wiley/IEEE-CS Press 2010).
Event Information: Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 7:00-8:30 p.m., O'Shaughnessy Educational Center Auditorium, UST St. Paul Campus
Event Description: For decades, Minnesota was home to one of the nation's earliest centers of computing. By 1960 there were four large and successful companies - Univac, Control Data, Honeywell, and IBM Rochester - and dozens of smaller suppliers that created a vibrant computer industry here, a decade before "Silicon Valley" was named in 1971. This remarkable history includes the computer industry's sizable impact on employment, education, and culture as well as links to today's thriving medical-devices industry.
Registration fee: $15.00 per person
To register on-line with a credit card, click on this link: https://webapp.stthomas.edu/eventregistration/UST/register.jsp?eventcrn=A7936
To register by check or cash through the mail or in-person, click on this link for the registration form to download, print and mail in with your payment: Spring 2014 Registration Form
Link to campus map: St. Paul Campus Map