Ron Westrum

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Ron Westrum (born November 23, 1945) is an American sociologist.


Born in Chicago in 1945, Westrum earned a B.A. (cum laude) in Social Relations in 1966 from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in Sociology in 1972 from the University of Chicago.


He is the author of Complex Organizations: Growth, Struggle, and Change, (with Kamil Samaha), Prentice-Hall, 1984; Sidewinder: Creative Missile Development at China Lake. Annapolis, Md.: Naval Institute Press, 1999. 33l pp.; and of Technologies: The Shaping of People and Things & Society.Belmont, Ca.: Wadsworth Publishing,1991. 394 pp.

Recent work[edit]

As of 1987,[1] he was professor of Sociology and Interdisciplinary Technology at Eastern Michigan University.

His recent papers include: “The Three Cultures Model,” presentation at Symposium on Patient Safety for Improving Florida’s Medical Education, January 2004. “Increasing the Number of Guards at Nuclear Power Plants,” Risk Analysis, Vol. 24, No. 4, 2004, pp. 959–961. “Models of Bureaucratic Failure,” in Innovation and Consolidation in Aviation, (Eds., Lawrence Erlbaum, 2004)

Interested in unidentified flying object reports,[2] Westrum was a MUFON consultant.

Westrum is said to be a frequent critic of CSICOP and other skeptical organizations.[3]


He was the Scientist Guest of Honor at ConFusion XXX (January 23–25, 2004).


  1. ^ UFOs, 1947 - 1987: The 40-Year Search for an Explanation; London: Fortean Times, 1987, ISBN 1-870021-02-9
  2. ^ "Limited Access: Six Natural Scientists and the UFO Phenomenon," in David M. Jacobs, Editor, UFOs and Abductions (University Press of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, 2000)
  3. ^ "ASP Test Page".