The Department of Technology and Society (T&S), one of eight 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.
Congratulations to Professor Dwyer on Her Recent Presentation at TEDxSBUWomen
Professor Dwyer presented "Inconvenient Momentum: Let's Get Rational" at the TEDxSBUWomen event on May 28th, 2015.
In this TED talk Dr. Dwyer shares the economic meaning of rational decision-making and explains how it could improve lives, particularly those of women. She shares the philosophy of economics. Dr. Dwyer teaches our graduate sequence in economics and public policy.
Department of Technology and Society Co-Sponsers LI MakerFest
The Department of Technology recently co-sponsered LI MakerFest. LI MakerFest focuses on the "celebration of innovation and invention," including robotics and 3D printing. For more information, click here.
Technology, Policy and Innovation Ph.D. Program Celebrates It's First Graduates
The Department of Technology and Society has recently been featured on Stony Brook University's Graduate School website. The TPI program celebrates its first 3 graduates, Sreekanth Mallikarjun (December 2014), Krista Thyberg (May 2015), and Duo Shang (May 2015). To find out more about the program or our recent graduates, click here.
Congratulations Spring 2015 Graduates!
We're happy to announce our our first class of Ph.D. graduates and a featured article
Report: Single Stream Recycling Leads to 25 Percent Increase in Recyclables Recovered - April 21st, 2015
Researchers at the Department of Technology and Society at Stony Brook University released a report today that analyzed the 2014 Town of Brookhaven switch from dual stream recycling (separating the collection of paper and containers) to single stream recycling (paper and containers collected together). The report revealed that the change led to a 25 percent increase in recyclables recovered from 2013 to 2014, and significantly fewer recyclable materials mixed in with the disposable trash.
The report, titled "Analysis of the Change from Dual Stream to Single Stream Recycling for the Town of Brookhaven (Long island, NY)", led by Dr. David J. Tonjes, Assistant Professor in the Department of Technology and Society, and a researcher for the Waste Reduction and Management Institute at the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS), compares and analyzes recyclable materials and trash disposals within the town over a two-year period.
"The results of the report surprised me," said Dr. Tonjes. "We did not expect to detect such a large shift in the waste stream over two years, and we did not predict that single stream recycling would lead to increases in recycling efficiency like this."
The research team, which includes Dr. Tonjes, Omkar Aphale, Lori Clark, and Krista L. Thyberg, is likely to continue to sample the Town's waste in the future, to determine if the trends continue, and also to track the results of single stream recycling.
The report is available here.
Photos Courtesy of DOE/NREL and W. Taveras