• Shaping the World

    The Privilege of Being a Scientist in Industry


    Coming in the spring of 2024.


    Shaping the World is the next book from scientist and educator David M. Giltner, founder of TurningScience and author of It's a Game, not a Formula and Turning Science into Things People Need.



    Shaping the World by David M Giltner

    A significant majority of scientists build their careers in the private sector. Unfortunately, the scientific community has traditionally not given much attention or respect to the immensely valuable research and development done in the private sector. Most scientists are trained to see academic research as the one true career path for a scientist, despite the undisputed statistics showing most will build their careers in an industrial setting.


    The stories in this book paint a very different picture of the exciting and rewarding career paths open to scientists in the private sector. By interviewing dozens of scientists in a wide variety of careers around the world, the author shows it is it is indeed a great privilege to ‘turn science into things people need.’

  • Inside you will find extended interviews with these scientists and many more:

    Physicist and biotech startup founder Marinna Madrid


    Professor and director of the MSU Optical Technology Center Joe Shaw


    Entrepreneur, author, and technology initiative executive Peter Fiske


    Professor, venture fund partner, and founder of The Photon Factory Cather Simpson


    Professor and founder of Brussels Photonics (B-PHOT) Hugo Thienpont


    Professor and co-founder of Zero Point Cryogenics John P. Davis


    Laser scientist, author, and legislative affairs specialist Christina C. C. Willis


    Biologist and science communication coach Oliver Wueseke