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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.

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.


Join Us for Disability Mentoring Day

On Wednesday October 19, Stony Brook University is hosting its first Disability Mentoring Day to encourage students of all abilities to pursue STEM careers. The lecture is from 3-5pm (followed by reception) at the Center for Global Studies and Human Development (Rm 200). 

Please Join Us. For more information, please download our flyers. Flyer 1 Flyer 2


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.