Willie Pearson, Jr., is professor of sociology, School of History, Technology, and Society, Georgia Institute of Technology. In 1993, he received Southern Illinois University’s College of Liberal Arts Alumni Achievement Award. Pearson specializes in the sociology of science and technology and sociology of the family. He is the author or co-editor of seven books and monographs and numerous articles and chapters. He has held research grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Endowment for the Humanities, Sloan Foundation, and Department of Justice. He has held postdoctoral fellowships at the Educational Testing Service and the Office of Technology Assessment, U.S. Congress. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He has served as a lecturer in Sigma Xi’s Distinguished Lectureship Program; chair of the Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering (CEOSE), Executive Office, NSF; and chair of the Committee for Science, Engineering and Public Policy, American Association for the Advancement of Science. In 2001, he was designated a National Associate of the National Academies. Currently, he serves on advisory committees in the NSF’s Education and Human Resources Directorate and the Burroughs Wellcome Fund.