First name: Sara
Affiliation: Massachusetts Institue of Technology (Science, Technology & Society department)
Country: United States
CV: Sara E. Wermiel is an independent scholar, historic preservation consultant, and teacher. Her specialties are the history of 19th- century American technology, industrialization, and urbanization. She has written many articles and a book on the main subjects of her research: structural fire protection, and the development of new construction materials and assemblies in the 19th century. She also has researched and published on the history of general contracting, building typologies (e.g. historic warehouses, lighthouses), and business history topics (e.g. fire insurance and textile industries in the 19th century). Dr. Wermiel is active in the field of industrial heritage. Her teaching has focused on historical construction materials and assemblies, and policies and programs to protect built heritage. She received a B.A. from Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio; professional degree in urban planning (Master of Urban Planning) from Hunter College, City University of New York; and doctorate in urban history and history of technology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, all in the U.S.A.