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Professor of Advanced Technology Transitions, Arizona State University

Andrew Maynard is a scientist, author, Professor of Advanced Technology Transitions, and Director of the Future of Being Human initiative at Arizona State University. His most recent books include Films from the Future: The Technology and Morality of Sci-Fi Movies, and Future Rising: A Journey from the Past to the Edge of Tomorrow.

Dr. Maynard is an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, serves as co-chair of the Institute for the Advancement of Nutrition and Food Science (IAFNS) Board of Trustees, is a member of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research President’s Research Council, has served on a number of National Academies of Sciences committees, and has testified before congressional committees on several occasions. Trained as a physicist, his work cuts across disciplinary boundaries as it focuses on the ethical and socially responsible development and use of new technologies.

Since 2008 he has worked closely with the World Economic Forum on socially beneficial innovation, including chairing and serving on a number of Global Agenda Councils/Global Future Councils, and contributing to the WEF annual list of top ten emerging Technologies.

Andrew's work has appeared in publications ranging from The Conversation, The Washington Post and Scientific American, to Slate, Salon, and OneZero. He also co-hosts the podcasts Mission: Interplanetary and Future Rising. He writes regularly for the Substack "The Future of Being Human."


  • 2015–present
    Professor, School for the Future of Innovation and Society, Arizona State University
  • 2015–present
    Director, Risk Innovation Lab, ASU
  • 2016–present
    Chair, ASU Master of Science & Technology Policy
  • 2017–present
    Director, ASU Risk Innovation Nexus
  • 2020–2022
    Associate Dean, College of Global Futures, Arizona State University
  • 2010–2015
    Director, UM Risk Science Center
  • 2010–2015
    Professor of Environmental Health Science, University of Michigan
  • 2012–2014
    Chair, department of Environmental Health Science, University of Michigan
  • 2012–2014
    Chair, Department of Environmental Health Sciences, University of Michigan
  • 2005–2010
    Chief Science Advisor, Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars


  • 1993 
    University of Cambridge, UK, PhD Physics
  • 1987 
    Birmingham University, UK, BSc Physics


  • 2016
    Too many to list, See ORCID link


Elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science