Michael Skirpan is an ethicist, writer, artist, educator, and concerned citizen based out of Pittsburgh, PA. He serves as the executive director at Community Forge and as a special faculty member at Carnegie Mellon University.

He received his Ph.D. from CU-Boulder’s Department of Computer Science in Fall 2017. His thesis focused on the use of socio-technical narrative as a way of communicating, comprehending, teaching, and debating the ethics of new and near-future technologies. His research spans topics such as design fiction, technology ethics, classroom design, engineering ethics pedagogy, futures, and risk. He is now continuing this work through a special faculty appointment in Carnegie Mellon’s Department of Philosophy focused on designing curricula and iniatives to teach ethics in computing.

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2017 Ph.D., Computer Science, University of Colorado - Boulder

2010 B. Phil., Philosophy, University of Pittsburgh

2010 B.S., Economics, University of Pittsburgh