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Dr. Jeff Schramm is an alumnus of Missouri University of Science & Technology, having received his BA in History in 1992. He received his MA and PhD from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania in 1995 and 2003 respectively. His regular courses taught at Missouri S&T are: Architecture, Technology and Society 1750-present, History of Technology, History of Science, and Western Civilization I and II. He has been recognized for his exceptional teaching with several teaching awards.
Primarily an historian of modern technology, his scholarly research to date has been on transportation and specifically 20th century railroads. His book, Out of Steam: Dieselization and American Railroads, 1920-1960, was published in August 2010 by Lehigh University Press. It is an examination of the transition from steam to diesel motive power on the railroads of the United States. He is a sought after book reviewer for works on railroads and transportation topics and serves as the book review editor for the Journal of Transport History. His current major research project is a history of the Scientific and technological research activities of the United States Bureau of Mines, especially the Rolla, MO experiment station and the Synthetic Liquid Fuels plant at Louisiana, MO.
Dr. Schramm participates in many campus programs including the Center for Educational Research and Teaching Innovation, Opening Week and the Residential College course programs. He is the Region 8 Coordinator for National History Day in Missouri and regularly volunteers at the state and national History Day contests. He is an advisor for several student organizations including Kappa Kappa Psi and KMNR 89.7fm, the student radio station. Occasionally he even takes over the airways as a DJ.
Publications: Out of Steam: Dieselization and American Railroads, 1920-1960 (Lehigh University Press, 2010).