Welcome to WillyLogan.com! 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, you will find posts, short videos, and podcast episodes about some of the things I’ve learned in my research, readings, teaching, and explorations. If you want to keep up-to-date with my content, please follow me on Twitter, @WilliamSikander, or YouTube, @Logawi.
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.
The default header image on this blog is Leuhman Ridge at Edwards Air Force Base in southern California. The structures on the ridge are test stands for rocket engines. For more information, see my post “Rocket-testing relics of the Mojave Desert.”