Dr. John McClure.

John McClure is a Materials Engineer who has done research in various areas of material behavior. He is now working in semiconductor thin films for photovoltaic and other applications as well as metal deformation studied by Electron Backscattered Diffraction Imaging. He has over 60 publications in archival journals.

He has traveled widely teaching in Ghana and France as well as lecturing in Japan, China, and Mexico. He recently spent a sabbatical year at Centro de Investigatión en Energía in Cuernavaca, Mexico. He teaches courses in Microanalysis of Materials with particular emphasis on electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction.

He has had a long-term interest in philosophy of science and has come to agree with the late Richard Feynman that since no one else has ever understood quantum mechanics, there is little further use in his trying further. Ethical theories and their application in the technical realm are almost as perplexing but, at the same time, vital for keeping our science and engineering alive and useful to society.

Dr. McClure is one of the co-founders of CSTEP along with Dr. Jules Simon and Dr. Steven Roach. He organized a CSTEP workshop on Bridges and the ethical lessons that can be learned from building them. The CSTEP workshop was held in June 2008. It was presented for Professional Engineers as part of their continuing education.