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Ph.D. in Technology, Policy, and Innovation (TPI) Overview

The Ph.D. program is designed with an understanding that 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.

Students in the Technology, Policy, and Innovation (TPI) Ph.D. program will work in one or more of 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 Ph.D. Program has a four-part mission:

  • To develop a cadre of scholars who will be engines of national and global 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 who are considering applying to the Ph.D. program should review the department’s information on admission to the Ph.D. program.