The Department of Technology and Society, introduced to SUNY Korea by Stony Brook University, is the oldest and largest of the SUNY Korea departments.  At Stony Brook, it is one of seven departments in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences and it offers the major in Technological Systems Management leading to the Bachelor of Science degree.


The program integrates a foundation in the natural sciences, engineering, applied sciences, or environmental studies with applications in technology systems, assessment, and management. The Department also offers a minor in Technological Systems Management. 


The major prepares students for careers in government, industry, or education in positions such as manager of computer network systems, manager of information systems, quality control specialist, systems or environmental analyst, technical sales representative, or technology trainer/educator-in short, all professions and business ventures that are dependent on technological applications and implementation and in which project management is key to success.  Students are also prepared for advanced study in areas such as business, law, education, policy analysis, and industrial or environmental management.


The Department’s focus is on technological advances that shape every facet of modern life. Students develop understanding of the characteristics, capabilities, and limitations of current and emerging technologies. Successful practices in government, industry, education, and personal life depend on such understanding. The department applies engineering concepts that underlie technological change and that form the bridge from engineering to other disciplines.


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The Department of Technology and Society, one of seven departments in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Stony Brook University, applies concepts and tools drawn from natural sciences, engineering, and social sciences to examine and enhance the relationship between technology and our society, both regionally and globally.


These concepts include systems theory, methods and tools for decision making, and science-technology-society (STS) frameworks. Specifically, the Department has a four-part mission:


Ⅰ. Help all students learn to use technology, employ engineering approaches to problem solving, and understand the socio-technological interplay that demands a consideration of scientific, social, political, economic, behavioral, legal and ethical aspects of problems;


Ⅱ. Foster professionals who will become leaders in the effective development, integration, management and assessment of technology for the purpose of improving education, business and industrial processes and systems, and the environment;


Ⅲ. Conduct frontier research in energy, environmental studies, educational technology, STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education, technology innovation management, and public policy;


Ⅳ. Establish projects that address current and emerging societal needs ─ greater participation of underrepresented groups in STEM, technology transfer, and readily available knowledge and tools to aid managers and policy makers.


The essence of this department’s new paradigm for education is the unification of traditionally separate disciplines into an integrated unified whole to address problems in society. Technology studies begin with the problem, rather than the structure of a discipline. The department is expert in developing a meaningful whole from seemingly disparate pieces, by making multidirectional intellectual connections among disciplines, ideas, and among diverse groups of individuals and organizations. Inventing and testing models for collaboration is a hallmark of this department, a highly prized activity in the academy today. The Department of Technology and Society has developed a community of learners that extends vertically (e.g., faculty, undergraduates and high school students work together as a community conducting research) and horizontally in the education arena.”


Students major in Technological Systems Management must complete a specialization in any one of the following: natural science, engineering and applied science, or environmental studeies.  (For those students who have a major in one of those areas and who pursue Technological Systems Management as a second major, the first major will serve as the specialization.)


Completion of the major requires approximately 79 credits:



  1. 1. Mathematics
    1. AMS 151 Applied Calculus
    2. AMS 161 Applied Calculus II
    3. OR the following alternate calculus course sequences may be substituted
      • MAT 125, MAT 126, MAT 127 OR
      • MAT 131, MAT 132,  OR
      • MAT 141, MAT 142, OR
      • MAT 171.
  2. 2. Natural Sciences
    • PHY 131, PHY 132, PHY 134, Classical Physics I, II, and labs
    • Note: The following alternate physics course sequences may be substituted
      1. PHY 131-133 and 132-134
      2. PHY 121-123 and 122-124
      3. PHY 125, 126, 127
      4. PHY 141 and 142
    • One of the follow sequences can also be substituted:
      1. BIO 150 (The Living World) and BIO 201 (Fundamentals of Biology: Organisms to Ecosystems)
      2. CHE 131, 132, 133 (General Chemistry I, II and lab) OR CHE 141,142,143 General Chemistry I, II Honors and lab
      3. GEO 102, 112 (The Earth/Physical Geology Lab) AND one of the following:
        • GEO 304 (Energy, Mineral Resources, and the Environment) OR
        • GEO 311 (Geoscience and Global Concerns)
      4. BIO 201 (Principles of Biology: Organisms to Ecosystems) AND one of the following:
        • GEO 101 (Environmental Geology)
        • MAR 104 (Oceanography)
        • EST 102 (Weather and Climate)
        • ENS 101 (Prospects for Planet Earth)
  3. 3. Study in Related Areas - Specialization
  5. 4. A cluster of seven related courses, totaling at least 21 credits, in one area of natural science, engineering, applied science, or environmental studies from a single department or program. At least three courses, totaling at least nine credits, must be at the 300 or 400 level.


  7. 5. Technological Systems Management
    • Required Courses (11 in total)
      • EST 192 Introduction to Modern Engineering (not required if specialization is in ENG) (Spring)
      • EST 194-C Patterns of Problem Solving (not required if specialization is in ENG) (Fall)
      • EST 202 Introduction to Science, Technology and Society Studies (Fall)
      • EST 305 Applications Software for Information Management (Spring)
      • EST 326 Management for Engineers (Spring)
      • EST 327 Marketing for Engineers (Fall)
      • EST 391-H Technology Assessment (Fall)
      • EST 392-F Engineering and Managerial Economics (Spring)
      • EST 393 Project Management (Spring)
      • EST 440 Interdisciplinary Research Methods (Fall)
      • EST 441 Interdisciplinary Senior Project (Spring)
      • Note: (If 192 and 194 are waived then you must take 304 and 320)
    • Electives (Three from the following list)
      • EST 213 Studies of Nanotechnology (Fall)
      • EST 291-H Energy, Environment & People (Spring)
      • EST 304 Communication for Engineers and Scientists (Fall)
      • EST 310 Design of Computer Games (Fall)
      • EST 320-H Communication Technology Systems (Online, Fall, Spring)
        EST 323 Human-Computer Interactions (Spring)
        EST 331 Professional Ethics and Intellectual Property (Fall)
        EST 341 Treatment Technologies (Fall)
        EST 488 Internship in TSM

    Other 300/400 level courses in the area of specialization are allowed upon the approval of the TSM advisor.


  9. Upper-division Writing Requirement
    All degree candidates must demonstrate skill in written English at a level acceptable for technological systems management majors. To satisfy this requirement, a TSM major must submit a paper written for an upper-division EST course for review. Students whose writing does not meet the required standard are referred for remedial help. The requirement may also be met by earning a grade of C or higher in a writing-intensive course approved by the department or, if the student has a double major, by satisfying the upper-division writing requirement in the other major.


In addition to the courses in the major, students are required to complete a set of courses in general education, Stony Brook Curriculum (SBC), at Stony Brook University on Long Island, New York.


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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. Technological developments are indeed re-defining those very careers and changing the workplace itself.


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 Master's Degree in Technological Systems Management provides professionals in all fields and people planning such careers with state-of-the-art concepts, analytical tools, and practical skills for managing specific technological systems and improving their performance.

A deep understanding of the technology and a broad knowledge of the social implications of technology are essential to identifying, understanding, and addressing a growing number of complex issues facing our society. The Ph.D. program in Technology, Policy, and Innovation (TPI) is at the forefront of current and emerging efforts to address the challenges that arise from the intersection of technological innovation and societal changes. The Ph.D. degree in TPI is for students who wish to be engines of national leadership in gauging the prospects and charting the future course of technologies.


Click to see the Graduate Handbook.


Technological Systems Management (TSM) M.S. Program


While the M.S. program in Technological Systems Management is designed around three concentration areas: Educational Technology, Energy and Environmental Systems, or Global Operations Management, SUNY Korea currently offers students with a concentration in “Global Operations Management”


With a concentration in Global Operations Management

Managers and knowledge workers face the challenges of rapid change, evolving technology and burgeoning information in today's global economy. Today, business is not as usual. Business is fiercely competitive and global competition is a reality. Downsizing, rightsizing, mergers, relocation, layoffs, and the slow extinction of middle-management has led to the need for individuals who can provide aggressive and innovative solutions to their company's challenges.

This program enables individuals to understand the integration of an enterprise's processes, and how to utilize modern tools, techniques and technologies to make their organization more competitive and profitable. The goal of this program is to increase the student's value to their organization. This is accomplished by introducing the strategic fundamentals of the customer/value driven enterprise, the management concepts of organizational design and structure, and the basic business processes for running an enterprise, including quality, finance and accounting, and information systems.

Requirements for the M.S. Degree in Technological Systems Management

In general, students are expected to complete two core courses for six credits, six required courses specific to the concentration for 18 credits, and two eligible electives for six credits. Electives for consideration are listed for each concentration, but a student’s selection of electives must be approved by his or her advisor.

Core Courses (6 credits): EST 581, EST 582
Note: Entering students are presumed to have essential communications, computer, and mathematical skills. Otherwise, prerequisite study in these areas will be required.

Required Courses (18 credits): EMP 502, EMP 504, EMP 506, EMP 517, EMP 518 and EMP 524

Suggestive Electives (6 credits): EST 562, EMP 507, EMP 521, EMP 522, EMP 523, EMP 525, EST 580, EST 583, and more.


Technology, Policy, and Innovation (TPI) Ph.D. Program


Program Overview

Students in the TPI Ph.D. program will work in one or more of three areas of faculty research strength: 1) energy and environmental systems; 2) educational technologies, and education in engineering and applied sciences; and, 3) technology management, engineering entrepreneurship, and science and technology policy. In addition to drawing on the expertise of faculty in the Department of Technology and Society, the new Ph.D. program is supported by more than 20 affiliated faculty members from throughout the Stony Brook campus.

The TPI Ph.D. Program was developed with a four-part mission:


- To develop a cadre of scholars who will be engines of national leadership in gauging the prospects and charting the future course of technologies;

- To carry out policy and design/planning research in three interacting socio-technological areas: energy and environmental systems; educational technologies, and education in engineering and applied sciences; technology management, engineering entrepreneurship, and science and technology policy;

- To establish a new model for twenty-first century 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, and for schools, colleges/universities, and other educational institutions in both implementing technological innovation and carrying out policy studies.


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. There are also a number of programs that focus on a specific technology area. Examples include the Energy Resource Group at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Technology, Environment, and Society Program at the University of Delaware.


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.


Requirements for the Ph.D. Degree in Technology, Policy, and Innovation


A. Residence


The student must complete two consecutive semesters of full-time graduate study. Full-time study is 12 credits per semester until 24 graduate credits have been earned. Students who have earned 24 graduate credits at another school may be assigned advanced status and are required to take only nine credits per semester for full-time status.


B. Qualifying Examination

The qualifying examination must be taken by all students, regardless of whether they enter the program holding a master’s degree or a bachelor’s degree only. Students are expected to take the qualifying examination in the fourth semester, preferably after having completed 34 credits in the program. The qualifying exam has three parts to it:


Part A:


The student conducts an original research project, starting in the first semester in the program, and presents the results to the department during the fourth semester. The purpose of this is to ascertain the student’s preparation to conduct independent original research in a TPI area.


Part B:


The student solves a take-home problem designed by departmental faculty. The student is required to finish the analysis in a week and to prepare a report. The purpose of this is to evaluate the student’s ability to apply his or her knowledge of theory and analytical methods to a real-world TPI issue that is not necessarily in his/her own research area.


Part C:


A proctored comprehensive examination, with a time limit, will be offered every spring semester. The purpose of this is to evaluate the student’s understanding of theory and analytical methods. This exam will be based on material covered in the three core courses described below. Part C of the examination will be waived if a student’s GPA on core courses is 3.5 or higher.


A student who fails one or more parts of the qualifying examination will be given one additional attempt on each failed part. If the student does not pass a failed part of the examination on the second attempt, he/she will be dismissed from the program.

Having passed the qualifying examination, the student is advanced to candidacy. This status, called G5, is conferred by the Dean of the Graduate School upon recommendation of the Department. Note that unlike the change from G3 to G4, the change from G4 to G5 is not automatic—the student must request to be advanced to candidacy by notifying the Technology and Society Graduate Program Coordinator. Students must advance to candidacy at least one year before defending their dissertations. The Graduate School requires G5 students to register for nine credits, which can be research or other graduate courses relevant to their dissertation. Courses outside of the major require the approval of the dissertation advisor and Graduate Program Director. Failure to complete the qualifying examination within the specified timeframe and obtain the G5 status is considered evidence of unsatisfactory progress.

C. Course Requirements


Our course requirement is designed to ensure TPI graduates have competency in two areas: (1) a specific technological area, and (2) policy research and analysis. Students are required to take 34 credits of course work beyond the B.S. degree level. These credits are comprised of the following:


- 10 credits of core courses to provide students with a common core of knowledge and techniques essential to research and practice in TPI. Core courses consist of Technology, Policy, and Innovation in Theory and Practice (4 credits); Data Analysis and Experimental Methods (3 credits); and Decision Making in Socio-technological and Global Contexts (3 credits).

- 15 credits of courses in a specific technological area (engineering, science, mathematics, or statistics) that is relevant to his or her individual research

- 9 credits in related social sciences (economics, political science, law, history, business management, psychology, sociology, education) to become proficient with social science methods of analysis In addition, University policy requires that all doctoral students participate in an appropriately structured teaching practicum. This can be accomplished with a Practicum in Teaching course, in conjunction with T.A. responsibilities in the first year.


D. Thesis Proposal and Preliminary Examination


Students who pass all three parts of the qualifying examination are expected to develop a thesis proposal within one semester for full-time students, and two semesters for part-time students. This thesis proposal must then be presented and defended in an oral preliminary examination. Failure to fulfill this requirement within 18 months of passing the qualifying examination, and without a formal extension, may be considered evidence of unsatisfactory progress toward the Ph.D. degree. The major requirements of the thesis proposal are as follows:


(1) The student must be thoroughly familiar with the background and current status of the intended research area;

(2) The student must have clear and well-defined plans for pursuing the research objectives; and

(3) The student must offer evidence of progress in achieving these objectives.


The student will present the thesis proposal to the thesis committee in a seminar presentation. It is limited to members of the committee, invited Technology and Society faculty, and invited graduate students. The committee for the student’s preliminary examination, dissertation and defense will include at least one faculty member who does not have a primary or joint appointment in DTS. Students will be strongly encouraged to have at least one faculty member from another university on their committee.

As part of the preliminary examination, faculty members are free to question the student on any topics they feel are in any way relevant to the student’s objectives and career preparation. Most questions, however, will be directed toward verifying the student’s grasp of the intended specialty in depth. The student will be expected to show complete familiarity with the current and past literature of this area.

The findings of the committee will be communicated to the student as soon as possible and to the Graduate School within one week of the presentation of the proposal. A student who does not pass the preliminary examination on the first attempt will be given a second chance. If the preliminary is failed on the second attempt, the student will be dismissed from the program.

E. Dissertation


An important requirement of the Ph.D. program is the completion of a dissertation which must be an original scholarly investigation. The dissertation shall represent a significant contribution to the scientific literature, and its quality shall be compatible with the publication standards of appropriate reputable scholarly journals.

F. Approval and Defense of Dissertation

The dissertation must be orally defended before a dissertation examination committee, and the candidate must obtain approval of the dissertation from this committee. The oral defense of the dissertation is open to all interested faculty members and graduate students. The final draft of the dissertation must be submitted to the committee no later than three weeks prior to the date of the defense.

G. Satisfactory Progress and Time Limit


Students are expected to finish all the requirements, including thesis research and defense, in four to five full-time-equivalent years. A student who does not meet the target dates for the Qualifying Examination, Thesis Proposal, and Preliminary Examination, or who does not make satisfactory progress toward completing thesis research, may lose financial support. The candidate must satisfy all requirements for the Ph.D. degree within seven years after completing 24 credit hours of graduate courses in the Department of Technology and Society at Stony Brook. In rare instances, the Dean of the Graduate School will entertain a petition to extend this time limit, provided it bears the endorsement of the Department’s Graduate Program Director. A petition for extension must be submitted before the time limit has been exceeded. The Dean or the Department may require evidence that the student is still properly prepared for the completion of work.

H. Part-Time Students


Students admitted into the Ph.D. program for part-time study are bound by all the rules set out henceforth. In particular, part-time students should adhere to the schedule for the Qualifying Examination, Thesis Proposal, and Preliminary Examination unless a different schedule has been approved in writing by the Graduate Program Director.

I. Switching Between the M.S. and Ph.D. Programs

A Ph.D. student who has passed the Qualifying Examination can complete the requirements for an M.S. degree by satisfying the proficiency requirements and completing 30 credits of coursework. Passing the Qualifying Examination is considered to have satisfied the proficiency requirements. (Another way to satisfy these requirements is, of course, to take the required courses and do the masters project.)



Department of Technology & Society


Chair: James F. Larson, Ph.D.


Program Coordinator: Minji Kang


Office: A404 Academic Building, SUNY Korea

Phone: +82-32-626-1002


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