Managing modern technologies calls upon a synthesis of tools drawn from many disciplines: science and engineering, computers and information, economics and regulation, psychology and community values, design and assessment.
The M.S. in Technological Systems Management at SUNY Korea currently allows students to pursue one of two focus areas:
This is a highly focused program that prepares students for a variety of positions related directly to managing the technical operations and process systems of global organizations. The goal of the program is to introduce students to modern technologies with an emphasis on teaching students how to use technology to conduct business activities, and how to apply emerging technologies to improve operations. It emphasizes learning analytical, diagnostic, and quantitative skills. It draws on courses in Engineering Management and Technology Systems Management from Stony Brook University.
This focus area centers on next generation networks and related digital technologies that can impact disaster risk reduction (DRR). They include, among others, next generation (currently LTE) public safety networks, satellites, robotics, the Internet of things, artificial intelligence, virtual reality and augmented reality. Disaster risk reduction, as understood in this focus area, follows the Sendai Framework, adopted at a UN World Conference in 2015. Among its innovations, the framework shifts the focus from disaster loss to disaster risk, from disaster management to disaster risk management. It also broadens the scope of the effort to include slow-onset, man-made and bio hazards.
This is a course in advanced cost justifications for business and projects. The objective is to give the student a better understanding of what is required to justify, budget, plan and carry out technological projects in industry today. The student will also understand how management decisions are influenced by financial analysis when making budgetary project plans.
Understanding phenomena as "systems" requires some changes in overall analytical approaches, and a new vocabulary. General systems theory concepts such as feedback, stability, tipping point, resilience, recursion, hierarchy, and complexity will be discussed, with regard to complex systems drawn from nature, business, technology, and education. The course will address the use of feedback, information and communication, structure, and cybernetics in the management of complex systems. The role and importance of "agents" in current systems thinking will be emphasized. Students will prepare a study of a complex system and its management incorporating these general concepts.
Will technology transform our cities, making them more livable, efficient, and desirable? Will technology erode our cities, making them more dangerous, chaotic, and insufferable? This course is at the intersection of two trends. First, the world is undergoing a wave of urban growth. Second, the pace of technological change is quickening and, with it, the pace of social change and even social transformation. Course modules will cover technology and society in urban contexts with particular attention to: 1) energy, 2) environments, 3) transportation, and 4) health and human safety (including security). This class will involve trips to sites in New York City, and will involve the use of IT technologies in creative ways to advance our learning.