David A. Hounshell is the David M. Roderick Professor of Technology and Social Change in the Department of Social and Decision Sciences, Department of History, and the Department of Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University.
Hounshell studied electrcial engineering at Southern Methodist University, receiving the B.S. in 1972. He then changed fields and enrolled in the University of Delaware's history program earning the M.S. in 1975. He continued his studies at Delaware completing his Ph.D. in 1978.
He was employed by the University of Delaware and the Hagley Museum. He has been employed at Carnegie Mellon University since 1991.
His From the American System to Mass Production, 1800-1932: The Development of Manufacturing Technology in the United States was awarded the Society for the History of Technology's 1987 Dexter Prize. And the Society for the History of Technology awarded him its highest prize, the Leonardo da Vinci Medal, in 2007.