Moira A. Gunn

GunnMoira A. Gunn
MS 1972, Science
PhD 1974, Mechanical Engineering
HDR 2009, Science

Host, “Tech Nation,” NPR/SIRIUS-XM and Director, Business of Biotechnology Programs, University of San Francisco


Dr. Moira Gunn stands squarely at the nexus of technology, science and society.

Through her public radio program Tech Nation, she has interviewed over 3,000 people – from CEO’s to scientists, from venture capitalists to politicians, from teachers to technophobes. In her words, everyone plays a role – everyone is a piece of the puzzle.

Gunn has also reached deeply into the world of biotechnology, interviewing the people who decode our DNA, seek cures for cancer, and hope to solve the energy crisis. Her book: Welcome to BioTech Nation: My Unexpected Odyssey into the Land of Small Molecules, Lean Genes, and Big Ideas was named to the Best Science Books of 2007 by the Library Journal.

Both Tech Nation, and its regular segment BioTech Nation, play to a broad audience. They air nationwide on over 200 public radio stations, on the NPR channels on SiriusXM and the NPR 24-hour Program Stream, and globally to 177 countries via American Forces Radio International.

While an award-winning radio journalist, Gunn’s success in explaining and framing technology and science grows out of solid credentials: A former NASA scientist and engineer, Gunn was the first woman to earn a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University, where she also earned a Masters in Computer Science. With a long career in software and systems development, she holds a software patent in nutrition research. A member of Phi Beta Kappa, she was further recognized for her career achievements by Purdue with an honorary doctorate in science.

Gunn is a member of the faculty of the School of Management at the University of San Francisco, where she directs the Business of Biotechnology Program. Her research focuses on the expertise needed to move scientific research to viable commercial products, as well as measuring attitudinal aspects toward science, technology, mathematics, business, ethics, law and information systems.

In 2011, the National Science Board awarded Gunn the 2011 Public Service Award to the Individual for her contributions to the public understanding of science and engineering.

Dr. Gunn is a member of the Advisory Board in Mechanical Engineering to both Stanford University and Purdue University.

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