Moira Gunn

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Moira Gunn
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Moira Gunn speaks in October 2014
Born Menlo Park, California
Nationality United States
Known for Public Radio host

Moira Gunn is host of the public radio program Tech Nation and its regular segment BioTech Nation. It airs on the National Public Radio. 24-hour program stream, the NPR Now channels at SiriusXM Satellite Radio, American Forces Radio International, and public radio stations, among other venues. Tech Nation episodes are normally based on an interview with the author of a science or technology book. BioTech Nation is based on interviews with significant people in the field of bio-technology, as well as regular discussions with science journalist David Ewing Duncan.

Gunn's early career included work at NASA on large-scale scientific computation and global communications, with special emphasis in infrared satellite image processing, computational fluid dynamics, and global climate and weather modeling. She also did work in robotics engineering at IBM, Morton Thiokol, United Technologies/Pratt & Whitney, Lockheed-Martin, Rolls-Royce, and the US Navy.[1]

Gunn was the first woman to earn a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Purdue University, where she also earned an M.S. in computer science. In 2008 she was awarded an honorary doctorate in science from Purdue.

Honors include the 2011 Public Service Award to the Individual by the National Science Board for her contributions to the public understanding of science and technology. [2]

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Personal life[edit]

Raymond Kurzweil and Moira Gunn at Accelerating Change 2005

Moira Gunn, one of three siblings, Richard Gunn of Kentfield, CA, and Margaret Gunn of San Francisco, was born in Menlo Park, California, to Margaret "Peg" Gunn [1] and Jack Gunn. Her mother, "Peg" Gunn, a longtime resident of a mid-sized bungalow on Santa Margarita Avenue, was the first woman mayor of Menlo Park and had a long and successful career in local politics and civic activities. Peg Gunn was also instrumental in civic outreach to a number of minorities who lived in neighboring communities, such as, Belle Haven[2] and East Palo Alto.

During the time of Moira's childhood, the Peninsula as it is called, (an area that runs from Daly City (San Mateo County) to the north to San Jose (Santa Clara County) to the south, was turning into what is now known as the heart of Silicon Valley. Her exposure to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) was a part of the Peninsula ethos and air.


Moira Gunn is an Assistant Professor in the School of Management at the University of San Francisco.[3]


Purdue University alumni page Retrieved on 2008-01-01.