The Master’s Degree in Technology and Society (TS) provides professionals with state-of-the-art
concepts, analytical tools, and practical skills for managing specific technological systems and
improving their performance.
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 Technology and Society at SUNY Korea currently allows students to pursue one of two focus areas:
Global Technology Management
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.
Disaster Risk Reduction
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.
Modern management's approach to quality has changed radically in the last 20 years; this
course explains why and how. It covers methods used by both manufacturing and service organizations to
achieve high quality: how each organizational function is involved in quality; how improving quality can
reduce costs; importance of communication; importance of involving all employees; need to measure
quality; and introduction to statistical quality control and how it is used.
FEATUREDEST 600Technology, Policy, and Innovation: Theory and Practice
This course provides students with frameworks and models for analysis of issues at the
intersection of science, technology and public policy, and business strategy; and helps students develop
skills to work on policy issues that require deep understanding of the technical details. Topics include
utility/profit maximization theory, its limitations and alternative theories, business and government
interactions, technology innovation and managements, policy process (agenda setting, problem definition,
framing the terms of debate, formulation and analysis of options, evaluation of policy outcomes). Cases
drawn from energy and environmental policy, educational technology, STEM education will be used to
illustrate stakeholders and their value structures, high levels of uncertainty, multiple levels of
complexity, and their influence on policy intervention. This course emphasizes quantitative policy
analysis methods, and critical thinking.