Carol Stimmel
Department of Integrative & Global Studies (DIGS)

Carol L. Stimmel, PhD has been lecturing at both the graduate and undergraduate levels since 2016, and with The Global School at WPI since 2020. She holds a master's in International Development and an interdisciplinary doctorate in in the field of Science, Technology and Society studies (STS) from Clark University. For most of her professional career, she has been deeply involved with renewable energy and efficiency projects, humancentric smart city design, and social change theory and applications.

Carol has a varied career as practitioner, executive leader, and global advisor to nonprofits, academic projects, and government development projects in locations including Nepal, subSaharan Africa, Canada, and across the United States. She is an author, educator, purpose-driven researcher, and recovering senior executive with technology start-up and global research consultancies. In conjunction with her work at The Global School at WPI in Massachusetts, she maintains a research agenda related to science and technology policy development.

Carol is the author of 4 books, including two standard industry texts, Big Data Analytics Strategies for the Smart Grid and Building Smart Cities: Analytics, ICT, and Design Thinking. Her most recent book, Evolving Innovation Ecosystems describes OpenXFORM (2017), a bioempathetic design model for open innovation scenarios. She holds several social media and energy technology patents, publishes long-form opinion pieces, and makes continuing contributions through a variety of written and spoken formats.

In 2022, she was a peer reviewer for the NSF GRFP (Sociology and Geographic Sciences), a prestigious fellowship program that recognizes and supports outstanding STEM graduate students pursuing advanced research-based degrees. When she’s not teaching, writing, or checking the weather, she’s hiking with her dogs or in a kayak on the Susquehanna River.

Sustainable Development Goals

SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy

SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy - Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

Affordable and Clean Energy Goal

SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities - Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

Sustainable Cities and Communities Goal