Thomas S. Woodson

  • Assistant Professor

Dr. Thomas S. Woodson is an assistant professor at Stony Brook University in the Department of Technology and Society. He specializes in science and technology policy and international development. For his current projects, Thomas is investigating the effects of technology on inequality throughout the world and the emergence of science and technology universities in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Thomas received his Ph.D. from the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) in public policy with a specialization in science and technology policy. While at Georgia Tech, he was a part of the Technology Policy Assessment Center and the Center for Nanotechnology in Society at Arizona State University. At these centers, he investigated the effects of nanotechnology on inequality and poverty throughout the world. Thomas received numerous awards while at Georgia Tech including the Georgia Tech Presidential Fellowship and the NSF Graduate Student Fellowship.

Before arriving at Georgia Tech, Thomas lived in Africa. For 18 months Thomas worked with college students, refugees and orphans in South Africa. Then, he worked in Burkina Faso as a visiting research fellow at the International Institute for Water and Environmental Engineering (2iE). At 2iE, he designed, built and tested an earth air heat exchanger for rural West Africa villages.

Thomas received his B.S.E. at Princeton University. He studied electrical engineering with a focus in electrical materials.

Thomas and his wife currently reside in Stony Brook, NY although he was born and raised in Texas. In his spare time, Thomas does triathlons. His current goal is to complete a full Ironman Triathlon.

Selected Publications

  1. Cozzens, Susan, Rodrigo Cortes, Ogundiran Soumonni, Thomas Woodson. (2013). “Nanotechnology and the Millennium Development Goals: Water, Energy, Agri-food.” Journal of Nanoparticle Research. October 2013.
  2. Harsh, Matthew and Thomas Woodson. (2013). “Pro-Poor Nanotechnology Applications for Water:  Characterizing and Contextualizing Private Sector Research and Development”. Nanotechnology Law and Business 9(3).
  3. Woodson, Thomas. (2012). “Inequality in Nanomedicine.” Journal of Business Chemistry 9 (3).
  4. William, Logan, Thomas Woodson. (2012). “The Future of Innovation Studies: Investigating Innovation in Less Economically Developed Countries.” Minerva 50(2).
  5. Woodson, Thomas, Eric Traore, Yezouma Coulibaly (2012). “Earth Air Heat Exchangers for Passive Air Conditioning.”  Journal of Construction in Developing Countries, vol. 17 (1).
  6. Woodson, Thomas. (forthcoming). “Book Review: Managing Global Innovation- Framework for integrating capabilities around the world”. International Public Management Journal.
  7. Subramanian, Vrishali, Thomas Woodson, Susan Cozzens. (2012). Book Chapter: “Nanotechnology in India: Inferring Linking between Emerging Technologies and Development.” Making it to the Forefront of Nanotechnology- A Developing Country Perspective.