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.

The default header image on this blog is a watchtower in the city walls of Amber, the old capital of the Kacchawaha Rajputs in western India, which reached the peak of its political importance in the seventeenth century, when Amber was a vassal state of the Mughal Empire.

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.