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Thomas S. Woodson

Photo Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology

Courses Offered:

EST 441 (Fall 2019)-Interdisciplinary Senior Project

EST 610 (Fall 2019) - Data Analysis for Technology, Policy and Innovation


Dr. Thomas S. Woodson is an assistant professor at Stony Brook University  in the Department of Technology and Society.  He investigates the effects of technology on inequality throughout the world and the causes/consequences of inclusive innovation. For the past 3 years he has focused on the relationship between innovation and inequality in 4 areas: nanotechnology, 3D printing, science funding and engineering education .

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 family reside in Centereach, NY although he was born and raised in Texas. In his spare time, Thomas volunteers at his church, teaches at a local jail and competes in triathlons. His current goal is to complete a full Ironman Triathlon.

Current Research Grants:

  • "Academic and Social STEM Excellence for Transfer Students (ASSETS)". National Science Foundation, $998,750. Funded from June 1, 2017 to May 31, 2022. Grant #1643671
  • "The immediacy, inclusion and productivity of NSF grants under the Broader Impact Criterion". National Science Foundation, $274,813. Funded from August 1, 2019 to July 31, 2022. Grant #1155837 
  •  "Workshop on Data Science Across the Undergraduate Curriculum: University-Industry Online Case Studies on Applications of Data Science". National Science Foundation,  $49,796. Funded from October 1, 2019 to September 30, 2019. Grant #1155972

Selected Publications:

  • Woodson, Thomas, Julia Torres Alcantara, Milena Silva do Nascimento. (2019). “Is 3D printing an Inclusive Innovation?: An examination of 3D printing in Brazil.” Technovation. 80. Pg 54-62.
  • Woodson, Thomas, Matthew Harsh, Rider Foley. (2018). “Non-Academic Careers for STS Graduate Students: Hopping off the Tenure Track.” Minerva. 56(4). 529-535
  • Woodson, Thomas. (2018). Book Chapter: “Disease of Poverty Nanomedicine research in South Africa”. Beyond the Imagination: Genetics, Nano and Biotechnologies and their Applications . Johannesburg: MISTRA Press.
  • Harsh, M. , Thomas Woodson, S. Cozzens, S., Wetmore, J., Soumonni, D. and Cortes, R. (2017). The Role of Emerging Technologies in Inclusive Innovation: The Case of Nanotechnology in South Africa. Science and Public Policy. December 2017.
  • Woodson, Thomas. (2017). “The Role of Science in USA Racial Tensions”. Issues in Science and Technology. Winter 2017. 33(2).
  • Harsh, Matthew,   Thomas Woodson. (2017). Book Chapter: “Governing Nanotechnology in Africa: Moving from Regulation to Technology Assessment.” Harnessing Nanotechnology for Inclusive Sustainable Development in Africa. Nairobi: African Centre for Technology Studies Press.


Office: 1412 Computer Science

Phone:  631-632-9974