Graduate Bulletin

Spring 2018

Technology and Society

Technology shapes every facet of modern life. Familiarity with the characteristics, capabilities, and limitations of current and emerging technologies is indispensable to wise and effective decisions and practices in government, business and personal life. At all levels and in all disciplines, careers in industry, government and education ever more turn on the ability to see and seize the opportunities, and address the problems, that technology often presents. Technological developments are indeed re-defining these very careers, and changing the workplace itself.

Managing modern technologies calls upon a synthesis of tools drawn from many areas: science and engineering, computers and information, economics and regulation, psychology and community values, design and assessment. The Master’s Degree in Technological Systems Management provides professionals in all fields, and persons planning such careers, with state-of-the-art concepts, analytical tools and practical skills for managing specific technological systems and improving their performance. Students may opt to pursue one of these four areas of focus areas: Educational Technology, Energy and Environmental Systems, Global Technology Management, or Energy, Technology, and Policy.

Students must take a common core of six credits, and an additional 24 elective credits. It is strongly recommended that elective credits be specific to the selected focus area.

The Technology, Policy, and Innovation (TPI) Ph.D. program has a four-part mission:

• To develop a cadre of scholars who will be engines of national leadership in charting and gauging the future course of technologies;

• To carry out policy and design/planning research in intersecting socio-technological areas: energy and environmental systems; and engineering & technology workforce policy;

• To establish a new model for doctoral education that promotes highly intensive collaborations and uses advanced educational technologies in a fertile, diverse, globally networked laboratory environment that transcends disciplinary boundaries; and,

• To serve as an exemplary resource for regional and national industry and government, as well as for schools, colleges/universities, and other educational institutions in both implementing technological innovation and carrying out policy studies.

Students in the Technology, Policy, and Innovation (TPI) Ph.D. program will work in one or more areas of faculty research strength, including: 1) energy and environmental systems; 2) Engineering Education, Management, and Policy.  In addition to drawing on the expertise of faculty in the Department of Technology and Society, the Ph.D. program is supported by more than 20 affiliated faculty members from throughout the Stony Brook campus.

The Advanced Graduate Certificate in Educational Computing prepares current and prospective teachers to use advanced technologies in learning and teaching, and helps business and industrial trainers and educators to develop and teach computer applications, multimedia technologies, and computer-based documentation. Students elect either the school track or the business/industry track. The Advanced Graduate Certificate in Industrial Management helps managers develop their abilities to use advanced technologies in their companies, understand their business processes, reduce waste and inefficiencies, and improve the bottom line of their companies.