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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.

Featured Student

Peggy Sutherland is a masters student in the Energy, Technology and Policy Program. Read about her background, internship and new position here.

Long Island Garbage Barge

Newsday and News12 recently completed an investigation of Long Island waste practices, a story sparked by the 30th anniversary of the Long Island garbage barge, which had captured the nation's attention via late night humor from Johnny Carson. Research by faculty and students in the Department of Technology and Society (and other work at Stony Brook University's Waste Reduction and Management Institute) underlay the findings of the story.

See the News12 story here, which includes a quote from DTS Prof. David Tonjes.

Seminar: Culture, Carbon, and Climate Change: A Class Analysis of Climate Change Belief, Lifestyle Lock-in, and Personal Carbon Footprints

March 1, 2017, 11:00am-12:00pm, Old Computer Science Building (Graduate School Building), Seminar Room 1310

Jean Boucher, a sociologist in the Technology and Society Department, will present his dissertation research in which he analyzed U.S. national survey data for the relationship between household income, personal carbon emissions, and attitudes on climate change. He will also present some qualitative interview findings of 28 affluent climate change activists in Washington, DC.