Facilities of Technology and Society Department
Graduate students enrolled in the Department of Technology and Society have access to several computing facilities. The University maintains a wide range of mainframe facilities and personal computing laboratories. However, the department uses its two in-house, state-of-the-art computer laboratories as hands-on enhancements of the graduate student’s experience. The first lab has 20 Pentium Desktop computers that operate as stand-alones or within a basic network environment. The lab is integrated into the campus WAN, with full Internet access and a wide array of educational, academic, and professional software. Video cameras, scanners, printers, laptops, and a projection system are available for student use within the lab. The second computer laboratory is used for research and teaching related to computer-supported collaboration, E-learning technologies, and emerging educational technologies. The lab, available for faculty and students, consists of 20 laptop computers on a cart. Both labs are designed for student work and as open laboratories to give students the broadest, in-depth exposure to information technologies. The Department of Technology and Society is also a major contributor to three research centers at Stony Brook (the Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center (AERTC), the Center for Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology (CEWIT), and the Center for Interdisciplinary Environment Research) and collaborates with scientists at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL). Students working on research projects will have access to the facilities as appropriate for their project.