Alan L. Porter's major concentration is technology forecasting and assessment. He received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Caltech (1967) and a PhD in Engineering Psychology from UCLA (1972). He served on the University of Washington faculty through 1974. In 1975 he joined the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Georgia Tech, where he now serves as Professor Emeritus. He also is Professor Emeritus of Public Policy and co-directs the Technology Policy and Assessment Center at Georgia Tech.
Dr. Porter has taught short courses on Analysis of Emerging Technologies, Competitive Technological Intelligence, and Technology Forecasting & Assessment at Georgia Tech, various IBM locations, and in Brazil, Mexico, South Africa, and Botswana.
He has authored some 160 professional publications, including the following books (as author or co-author, editor or co-editor):
- A Guidebook for Technology Assessment and Impact Analysis, 1980
- Science, Technology, and National Policy, 1981
- Integrated Impact Assessment, 1983
- The Impact of Office Automation on Clerical Employment, 1985-2000, 1985
- Methods and Experiences in Impact Assessment, 1986
- Interdisciplinary Analysis and Research, 1986
- Impact Assessment Today, 1986
- International Impact Assessment (special issue of the Impact Assessment Bulletin), 1987
- Forecasting and Management of Technology, 1991
- Environmental Methods Review, 1998
- The Information Revolution: Current and Future Consequences.
Current interests focus on computer-aided exploration of information in electronic Science & Technology databases. This "text mining" is used to profile research domains, determine competitor emphases, and generate "innovation indicators." Rapid profiling of thousands of abstract records on R&D activity can be performed in one day.
Recent projects include High Tech Indicators of national competitiveness (National Science Foundation); Ways to enhance utilization of technology analyses (NSF; Center for Innovation Management Studies); and Technology Opportunities Analysis (DARPA, U.S. Army).
Dr. Porter is Associate Editor for Technology Analysis & Strategic Management. He co-founded the International Association for Impact Assessment and served it variously as editor of the Impact Assessment Bulletin, Secretary, Executive Director, and President (1995-96).
Further information on his research can be found at: http://tpac.gatech.edu