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The Department of Technology and Society (T&S), one of nine departments in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Stony Brook University, applies concepts and tools drawn from natural sciences, engineering, and social sciences to examine and enhance the relationship between technology and our society, both regionally and globally. These concepts include systems theory, methods and tools for decision making, and science-technology-society (STS) frameworks. In step with the SUNY 2020 initiative to scale the intellectual capacity of the academic community, T&S is deepening its points of focus to center on energy-environmental systems, and engineering & technology workforce policy.

Ph.D. Student, Martin Smyth, invited to present at Falling Walls Lab 2016

Martin Smyth, Ph.D. student in TPI, has been invited to pitch his research on the influence of technology during political revolutions at Falling Walls Lab 2016, to be held at the German Center for Research and Innovation on Tuesday, August 30. Martin is one of ten individuals, including faculty and graduate students, competing for a place in the Falling Walls Lab finals in Berlin later this year.

Faculty Member David Tonjes Authors Paper for Progress in Energy and Combustion Science

Dr. David Tonjes has just published a paper with Dr. Chai Xiaoli (Tongji University, Shanghai) and Dr. Devinder Majahan (Department of Materials Science and Chemical Engineering) on methane emissions in the prestigious journal Progress in Energy and Combustion Science.

New Publication on Decarbonizing China's Power Sector

Congratulations to Professor Gang He on his recent journal paper titled "SWITCH-China: A Systems Approach to Decarbonizing China’s Power System" in the Environmental Science and Technology. The paper presented an integrated model to discuss pathways for renewable integration and decarbonizing China's power sector, is available here.

Congratulations to NYSERDA grant awardees

DTS faculty member David Tonjes was co-PI on a recently awarded grant from NYSERDA. This $150,000 award will be used by Dr Tonjes and Devinder Mahajan (Chemical Engineering) to advance a laboratory discovery of Dr, Mahajan's to commercial utilization.

Congratulations to Seed Grant Awardees

Kathleen Araújo (Assistant Professor, Technology and Society), Susan Pepper (Chair, Non-proliferation and National Security Department, BNL), and Kerstin Kleese Van Dam (Director, Computational Science Initiative, BNL) are among the 2016 Awardees of Seed Grants that were announced by Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley, Jr MD and the Office of Brookhaven National Laboratory Affairs. The three plan to assess the knowledge frontier for cyber vulnerability in U.S. nuclear facilities.

Disability Mentoring Day

Congratulations to Professor Thomas Woodson for receiving a Presidential Mini Grant to host a Disability Mentoring Day (DMD) at Stony Brook University in October 2016. The DMD will be a forum to encourage students of all abilities, both visible and invisible disabilities, to pursue STEM careers. We look forward to seeing you there.

Technology and Society supports the 2016 Advanced Energy Conference

Technology and Society supported the 9th event in the Advanced Energy Conference series. This national and international conference hosted over 1,400 people at the Javits Center in New York City, April 20-22, 2016 to explore topics in power market redesign, lessons in nuclear safety, and energy policy, among themes.

STEM Smart featured by Provost's Office

STEM Smart, the umbrella program for an array of diversity/opportunity programs in our Department of Technology and Society, is being featured in the diversity area of the Provost Website. Read more here.

Recent Publications

Congratulations to Professor Todd Pittinsky on his recent article publication in the Harvard Business Review Online ( The article, discussing Silicon Valley and its diversity problem, is available here.

"COOL Projects" in EST 204, Modern Digital Tech Infrastructure

Professor David Ecker introduces "COOL Projects," helping students develop their own inventions to solve every day problems. Read more here.

Featured Alumni

Shashank Gouri and Logan Cohen are among our newest graduates. To read more about them, click here.

Establishment of the David L. Ferguson Merit Award

Congratulations to Distinguished Service Professor and Department Chair, David L. Ferguson. In honor of Professor Ferguson, the Turner Advisory Committee will grant this newly established award to fellowship nominees having an academic and service record deserving of acknowledgement. To read more about the award, or Professor Ferguson, click here.