Ph.D. in Technology, Policy, and Innovation (TPI) 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, ICT for sustainable development, 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. Students who are considering applying to the Ph.D. program should review the department’s general information on applying to graduate study: “Graduate Program (Overview/Admission) pdf.” 

The deadline for submission of applications for the following Fall semester for prospective Ph.D. students is February.