Your blogger at Moffett Field, California.

Your blogger at Moffett Field, California. For more about the Space Shuttle model in the background, see “The Silicon Valley Space Shuttle.”

Welcome to! I am a historian of technology from the state of Colorado, USA, and I teach at Pacific Union College in Napa County, California. On this blog, I write about some of the things I’ve learned in my research, readings, teaching, and explorations—about my narrow specialty of post-independence Indian industrialization, and a wide range of other topics. I also produce short videos and podcast episodes. If you want to keep up-to-date with my posts (which I put up about once a month), please follow me with RSS or on Twitter, @WilliamSikander.

I got a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Walla Walla University in 2009, and then I went on to earn a PhD from the History of Technology program at Auburn University in 2016. My dissertation was about industrialization and technological change in India during the Third Five-Year Plan (1961-1966). After finishing my PhD, I rewrote my dissertation as a book, A Technological History of Cold-War India, 1947-1969: Autarky and Foreign Aid. It was published in the series Palgrave Studies in the History of Science and Technology.

In addition to this blog, I also have an additional blog, “Monuments of Jaipur,” as well as a YouTube channel, a Tumblr blog for drawings, and an Instagram account mostly for stuff I build.