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.


Featured Guest Talk on 4/1

The Department of Technology and Society is proud to host a film and panel discussion on nuclear waste:

“What inter-generational factors should be considered in choices about nuclear energy?”

Film showing of Into Eternity (2011), followed by Q&A with:

  • Biays Bowerman, Brookhaven National Laboratory
  • Behnam Taebi, Delft University of Technology and Harvard Kennedy School             

Time/Location: 1-4 pm, Wang Center, Lecture Hall 2

The event is part of the Dispelling the Myths series - Nuclear Technology in the 21st Century. For more details, click here.


Featured Guest Talk on 3/27

The Department of Technology and Society will host the U.S. Department of Energy’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Nuclear Energy Policy and Cooperation Edward McGinnis and his team on Friday, March 27. McGinnis will lecture as part of a co-sponsored series at the Center for Leadership and Service in Benedict College at 3 pm followed by a Q&A session.

This presentation is free and open to the public.

Topic: Perspective on the Changing Global Landscape of Nuclear Energy Development
Post Fukushima, global expansion of nuclear energy is still occurring – in both existing and new markets. The International Atomic Energy Agency reports, there are 440 currently operating power plants and over 68 under construction world-wide. The World Nuclear Association (WNA) estimates that 172 reactors are planned in 26 countries in the next 15 years. The global nuclear landscape is shifting from the U.S. and West Europe to the Far East, Africa, Middle East and Central Europe. The implications of this shift are enormous. As these newcomer countries develop nuclear power programs and continue to move forward, the U.S. supports their access to nuclear power for peaceful purpose. The U.S. will continue to promote and foster the safe and secure use of nuclear power globally through bilateral and multilateral engagements to include research, development and deployment cooperation.

For more details about Ed McGinnis, see http://sb.cc.stonybrook.edu/happenings/oncampus/doe-deputy-assistant-secretary-edward-mcginnis-to-speak-march-27/
For more information on the film and speaker series, see http://www.stonybrook.edu/est/graduate/nuclearfilmspeaker.shtml
For directions, click here.


Dispelling the Myths: Film & Speaker Series on Nuclear Technology

Nuclear energy is used today in medicine, propulsion, power generation and defense, among applications. Yet understanding of this complicated technology at a societal level is often limited…

The Department of Technology and Society is pleased to sponsor the Nuclear Technology in the 21st Century film and speaker series -- Dispelling the Myths. This series aims to demystify some of the misconceptions about nuclear safety, management of nuclear waste, and future directions.

For details, click here. Open to the public.


Technology and Policy Speaker Series – Spring 2015

The Department of Technology and Society is proud to announce the launch of the Technology and Policy Speaker Series. In today’s complex technological society, policy makers are charged with some of the most critical challenges ever faced by our global society. The Department of Technology and Society is uniquely focused on the intersection of technology and policy particularly in the areas of energy and the environment, engineering education and workforce and cross-disciplinary, inter-agency cooperation and collaboration. The speakers lined up for our inaugural semester will tantalize participants by showcasing cutting-edge research and expert commentary on today’s most pressing problems. We hope you will join us.

For additonal information and event dates, click here.


Congratulations graduates…

Technology and Society is pleased to announce its newest class of undergraduate, masters and doctoral graduates.

Among our many graduates, we’re proud to feature Dr. Sreekanth Mallikarjun who successfully defended his PhD dissertation on November 20, 2014. A copy of the dissertation, Energy Technology Allocation for Distributed Energy Resources: A Technology-Policy Framework, may be found here. The research is also featured in the August 2014 Energy journal. To learn more about Dr. Mallikarjun, see http://www.stonybrook.edu/est/people/bios/students/smallikarjun.shtml.


Photos Courtesy of DOE/NREL and W. Taveras