Sam Schirvar

Class of 2018

Hometown: Minneapolis, Minnesota

What is your College Scholar project? 
I am interested in studying computer architecture as the mechanization of previously deployed divisions of mental labor. This project has involved taking courses in critical theory, philosophy, history, and computer science. My thesis explores the management of human labor and machines in early-20th century data-processing systems in the United States. 

What are your most important extra-curricular activities? 
During my time at Cornell I have worked as an archival assistant with Professor Timothy Murray at the Goldsen Archive of New Media Art and research assistant to Professor Jessica Ratcliff in Science and Technology Studies. I have also served as Education Chair at Watermargin Cooperative, inviting activists from around the country to speak on pressing social and political issues.

What do you dream of doing after graduation? 
I hope to continue my studies in a PhD program in the History of Science and Technology.