Mission Statement

The Department of Technology and Society (DTS) at SUNY Korea is an extension of the same department at Stony Brook University in New York, and shares its curriculum, degrees and mission.  As an interdisciplinary community, the department aims to advance solutions to complex challenges at the intersection of technology and society.  Recognizing the speed of change and complexity of today’s challenges, it seeks to facilitate problem-solving which surmounts the limitations of traditional disciplines. This approach integrates engineering, social sciences, and management. It focuses on policy and other measures that are interdisciplinary, regionally or globally engaged, and research-centered.  The DTS at SUNY Korea, located in a major hub of Northeast Asia, offers a compelling context for the exploration of global issues in technology and society, including the promise of the ICT sector and the challenge of sustainable development.

The Department has a four-part mission:

  • To foster a new generation of decision-makers who understand socio-technological dimensions of our systems and integrate scientific, social, political, economic, behavioral, legal and ethics knowledge in complex problem-solving;
  • To conduct frontier research on policy in the areas relating to technology innovation management, energy-environmental systems, engineering ethics, and the information and communication technology workforce;
  • To develop projects of relevance for current and emerging societal needs, while recognizing the importance of improved knowledge flows, engagement of underrepresented groups, and technology access.
  • To enable the effective development, integration, management and assessment of technology for the purpose of improving the engineering and technology workforce, energy utilization, and our interaction with the environment.