Dr. Alan J. Pierce

Dr. Alan J. Pierce, Ed.D., is the co-author of six textbooks on technology published by West Publishing and Glencoe McGraw-Hill. He was the technical consultant on the children’s book Discover How Things Work and was an editor for the six books created by The Techknow Project and published by Centre Pointe Learning. His magazine column on new and emerging technology is published monthly in the magazine TechDirections.

Related Courses

An Exploratory Look at New Breakthroughs in Energy and Power Technologies

Some of these technologies will already be in use and others will still be under construction or works in progress at research institutions. As a member of this class, you will be encouraged to share your thoughts since we have all been using technology our entire lives.


1.2.4 An Exploratory Look at the Metaverse and Other New Technologies

Starting with the Metaverse (a virtual-reality space in which users can interact with a computer-generated environment and other users) we will look at new, exciting, and important breakthroughs in technology. Some of these technologies will already be in use and others will still be works in progress at research institutions and medical facilities. As a member of this class, you will be encouraged to share your thoughts as we have all been using technology our entire lives. Presentations will include new Tech and also some technologies that were discussed in previous classes. NEW!


Can Technology Solve Global Warming?

We will look at technology that might ameliorate some of the effects of global warming. The big question is, of course, will humans be part of the next extinction if global warming is not brought under control? In this session Dr. Pierce’s teaching style will be that of a discussion leader rather than that of a professorial lecturer. As a member of this class, your thoughts on the subject will be most important.


Science Fiction as a Predictor

Science Fiction books, movies, and TV shows have long been predictors and inspirations for invention. This PowerPoint presentation will use photos and videos to explore the predictions and then compare them to the actual technologies that were eventually created.


Evolving Technological Trends and Digital Transformations

The pandemic has moved this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) event to a fully digital online format. The six sessions of this class will cover the rapid changes and technological trends that are here today, some formed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Pierce will use video clips that he recorded during CES as a jumping off point for discussions on where technology is going in the near future. Sessions will include a quick look at some of the new tech presented during the event.


New and Emerging Technologies

During each session, we will look at new exciting, and important breakthroughs in the specific areas of technology that fall under the following headings. Session 1: Engineering and Power & Energy, Session 2: Manufacturing, Session 3: Medical Technology, Session 4: Transportation, Session 5: Construction, Session 6: Communication Technologies.