Biotechnology — Business Analytics and Information Systems — Business Administration — Information Systems
Moira  Gunn

Moira Gunn

Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor Moira Gunn is a former NASA scientist, engineer and software programmer. Dr. Gunn is internationally recognized for her work with global biotechnology business and emerging global information systems. Her pioneering research continues to investigate and inform the next generation of conscientious developers and leaders in biotechnology and information systems.

As one of the leading drivers behind the Business of Biotechnology Program, Dr. Gunn teaches classes on the legal, ethical and social implications of biotech, as well as educating on information system design and analysis. Working with graduates in the MBA, MSIS and Professional Science Masters in Biotechnology Program, Assistant Professor Gunn hopes to nurture a greater awareness of the ways in which technology and science can create more informed, effective and ethically sound communities.

Dr. Gunn is also a long-time journalist, hosting public radio's Tech Nation and its regular segment BioTech Nation. It can be heard four times each weekend on the National Public Radio website, npr.org, on its 24-hour program stream. Her book, Welcome to BioTech Nation: My Unexpected Odyssey into the Land of Small Molecules, Lean Genes, and Big Ideas, was named one of the Best Science Books of 2007 by the Library Journal.

Education

Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University, Lafayette, IN
M.S., Computer Science, Purdue University, Lafayette, IN
B.S., Computer Science, USF, CA

Courses Offered
  • The following courses represent the last 3 years of teaching and do not represent the current course offerings.
  • BSIS 400: Info Tech Hardware and Sys Software
  • MBA 6561: Local, National and Global Biotech
  • MBA 6562: The Information of Biotech
  • MBA 6563: Legal, Social and Ethical Implications of Biotechnology
  • MBA 6564: Global Biotech
  • MBA 6797: Academic Global Immersion
  • MSIS 661: Local, National, and Global Biotech
  • MSIS 662: The Information of Biotech
  • MSIS 663: Legal Social and Ethical Implications of Biotechnology
  • MSIS 647: Global Information Systems
Publications

The following list is a selection of recent publications and does not represent the entire body of research.

"Strategic Engagement of the Science-Business Media," Journal of Commercial Biotechnology, 2012

"Explaining Science to the Everyday Person," National Science Board, 2011

"The Future of Information," Libraries Distinguished Lecture, Purdue University, 2009

Welcome to BioTech Nation: My Unexpected Odyssey into the Land of Small Molecules, Lean Genes, and Big Ideas, AMACOM Publishers, New York, 2007

Honors and Awards

Public Service Award, for contribution to the public understanding of science and engineering, National Science Board, 2011

Commencement Speaker, UC Santa Cruz, School of Engineering, Class of 2009

Doctorate of Science, Honoris Causa, Purdue University, 2009

EE Times 2008 Educator of the Year

One of the Best Science Books of 2007, Library Journal

Science Journalism Laureate, 2006 - present

Other

Director, Information Systems Program, USF, 2007 - 2009

Chair, Professional Studies Directors' Forum, USF, 2007 - 2009

Advisory Board, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, 2004 - present

Advisory Board, School of Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University, 2008 - present

Global Advisory Board, Trusted Computing Group (TCG) 2004 - present