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. Students in the Ph.D. program will work in one or more of three areas:
There are a limited number of similar doctoral programs in the world. The most successful ones include the Engineering and Public Policy Program (EPP) at Carnegie Mellon University, the Technology and Policy Program (Ph.D. in Technology, Management, and Policy) at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Department of Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University, and Systems Engineering and Policy Analysis Program at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. Among the technology and policy programs, TPI is the only program that includes educational technology and education in engineering and applied sciences among the technology-policy areas.
This course is an introduction to big data techniques, its applications and its challenges. We will analyze customer relationship management processes using software management tools such as DFD and UML and Lean & Six Sigma management to improve applications or services in a cloud computing environment. Data modeling, mining and visualization tools will be introduced for developing business intelligence, predictive analytics and decision support applications. Technologies in related areas such as data warehousing, data sharing, data security, networking, and operating systems will also be included to support big data applications in cloud computing environments.
Technology change entails more than the commercialization of an invention. Likewise, policy making encompasses much more than cost-benefit analysis and regulation. This advanced, graduate level course examines critical theory for both subjects by drawing on ideas from systems and science, policy and management, economics, and STS. Emphasis is placed on deconstructing theoretical applications in the context of policy-based problem-solving and innovation objectives. Topics will include policy cycles, regulatory capture, innovation systems, dimensions of technology change, and lock-in, among others. Students will develop skills to work in roles at the interface of technology and management.
The ample supply and appropriate use of energy is critical to the well-being of human society. Energy plays an enormous role in environmental degradation, national insecurity, international conflict, and in solutions to these problems. This course aims to introduce the major energy issues to students in engineering, business, and public policy areas. It discusses the energy choices to meet regional and global energy needs. Major renewable and conventional energy sources, energy supply technologies, and end-use efficiency options will be assessed in the context of political, social, economic, and environmental goals.