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Darryl Farber

  • Assistant Professor Science, Technology, and Society
  • Affiliate Faculty, School of International Affairs
  • Research Associate, The Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute
113 Willard Building
Science, Technology, and Society Program

University Park, PA 16802
Phone: (814) 865-3042


  1. Ph.D. Technology Management and Policy, The Pennsylvania State University
  2. M.S. Agriculture Economics, The Pennsylvania State University
  3. B.S. (honors) Agriculture, General Plant Science, Cornell University
  4. Postdoctoral Fellow, Managing the Atom, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.


Dr. Farber works at the intersection of technology, management, and policy.  His previous academic appointment was as a project associate-visiting lecturer with the Harvard-Singapore Program in the Public Policy Program at the National University of Singapore.  He is a co-founder of Carbon Trap Technologies, LP, a mineral carbon dioxide sequestration technology company that seeks to convert gaseous carbon dioxide into a stable mineral form with the production of useful byproducts, such as ammonium fertilizer.    

His research focuses on multiple stakeholder decision making and negotiation processes for sustainable technologies, which has included the analysis of agricultural technologies; drinking water technologies; nuclear materials, waste, and power generation technologies; nanotechnologies; and transportation technologies.  With the Larson Institute and in coordination with the Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration and the Research and Innovative Technology Administration, he is currently involved in an effort to better understand and plan for the sustainability and livability of the transportation system and land-use of the Centre Region, which includes the coupled communication-energy-water engineering system.  His work in nuclear energy continues to explore scenarios at the intersection of safety, culture, and risk.  Work also continues on understanding the implications for economic competitiveness, environmental sustainability, and security of emerging and disruptive technologies.   

Dr. Farber teaches courses in science, technology, and public policy; technology transfer and assessment; environmental policy and politics; the philosophy of science and technology; and globalization, technology, and ethics.

Additionally, his academic outreach currently includes working on the environmental impact statement process with a community group opposed to the siting of municipal solid waste landfill in the heart of a regional wildlife and recreation area in Pennsylvania. 

Dr. Farber has served on the scientific committee for the 2009 Society for Philosophy and Technology meeting and chaired the track on reflective engineering.   He served on the scientific committee for the 2010 Forum on Philosophy, Engineering and Technology.  He is co-chairing the reflective engineering track at the 2010 European Association for the Study of Science and Technology and at the 2011 biannual meeting of the Society for Philosophy and Technology.  He is co-organizer of a  session at the 2011 AAAS meeting Science without Borders.        


Recent publications include:

Systems and scenarios for a philosophy of

engineering, with Martin T. Pietrucha and Akhlesh Laktakia.  Interdisciplinary Science Reviews 2008, 33:214-225.


Scenario Planning for Nanotechnological Futures with Akhlesh Laktakia

European Journal of Physics 2009, 30:S3