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Thomas S. Woodson


Graduate Program Director

Associate Professor

Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology

Courses Offered:

EST 600: Introduction to Technology and Policy: Theory and Practice

SBU News Spotlight: Dr. Thomas S. Woodson

Dr. Thomas S. Woodson is an associate professor in the Department of Technology and Society at Stony Brook University. He investigates the effects of technology on inequality throughout the world and the causes/consequences of inclusive innovation. For the past several years he has studied the effectiveness of scientific funding to have broader impact, and ways to improve diversity in STEM fields. He is currently the director of the $4 million State University of New York Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (SUNY LSAMP) and the $1 million S-STEM Scholarship Academic and Social STEM Excellence for Transfer Students (ASSETS) programs. These NSF sponsored programs help low-income, and underrepresented minority students persist and succeed in STEM majors and careers.

Dr. Woodson received his B.S.E in electrical engineering from Princeton University and his Ph.D. in Public Policy for the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech).

Thomas and his family reside in Centereach, NY although he was born and raised in Texas. In his spare time, Thomas attends and volunteers at his local church (Three Village Church), and pretends he does triathlons (it's been a few years since he competed in a race). One day he would love to complete a full Ironman Triathlon.

Selected Funded Research Grants/Projects (for full list see website link below):

  • “NASA/New York Space Grant Consortium: National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program 2020-2024”. NASA, $40,000. Funded from June 1, 2020 to May 31, 2024.
  • “EAGER: Quantitative Studies of Career Trajectories for African American Women in Engineering and Computing”. National Science Foundation, $299,311. Funded from September 1, 2019 to August 31, 2021. Grant # 1936777.
  • "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 (for full list see website link below):

  • Woodson, Thomas, Sophia Boutilier. (2022). “Impacts for Whom? Assessing Inequalities in NSF-funded Broader Impacts Using the Immediacy Inclusion Criterion”. Science and Public Policy. 49 (2). Pgs 168-178.
  • Woodson, Thomas, ElinaHoffman, Sophia Boutilier. (2020). “Re-evaluating the NSF broader impacts with the Inclusion-Immediacy Criterion: A look at nanotechnology research”. Technovation. 101, 102210.
  • Woodson, Thomas, Logan Williams. (2020). “Stronger Together: Frameworks for Interrogating Inequality in Science and Technology Innovation”. Third World Quarterly. January 2020.
  • 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, Victor Rodriguez. (2019). “Inequality in Nanomedicine Clinical Trials.” Nanomedicine. 14(13).
  • Woodson, Thomas, Matthew Harsh, Rider Foley. (2018). “Non-Academic Careers for STS Graduate Students: Hopping off the Tenure Track.” Minerva. 56(4). 529-535
  • 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).

Office: 1412 Computer Science

Phone: 631-632-9974

CV:Woodson_CV (Jan. 2021)