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Thomas S. Woodson


Graduate Program Director

Associate Professor

Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology

Courses Offered:

EST 441 (Spring 2022)-Interdisciplinary Senior Project

EMP 532 (Spring 2022)- Big Data Systems for Technology Management

SBU News Spotlight: Dr. Thomas S. Woodson

Dr. Thomas S. Woodson is an associate professor at Stony Brook University  in the Department of Technology and Society.  He investigates the effects of technology on inequality throughout the world and the causes/consequences of inclusive innovation. For the past few years, he has focused on the relationship between innovation and inequality in 4 areas: emerging technologies, science funding, STEM diversity and engineering education .

Thomas received his Ph.D. from the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) in public policy with a specialization in science and technology policy. While at Georgia Tech, he was a part of the Technology Policy Assessment Center and the Center for Nanotechnology in Society at Arizona State University. At these centers, he investigated the effects of nanotechnology on inequality and poverty throughout the world. Thomas received numerous awards while at Georgia Tech including the Georgia Tech Presidential Fellowship and the NSF Graduate Student Fellowship.

Before arriving at Georgia Tech, Thomas lived in Africa. For 18 months Thomas worked with college students, refugees and orphans in South Africa with The Impact Movement and Cru. Then, he worked in Burkina Faso as a visiting research fellow at the International Institute for Water and Environmental Engineering (2iE). At 2iE, he designed, built and tested an earth air heat exchanger for rural West Africa villages.

Thomas received his B.S.E. at Princeton University. He studied electrical engineering with a focus in electrical materials.

Thomas and his family reside in Centereach, NY although he was born and raised in Texas. In his spare time, Thomas attends and volunteers at his local church ( Three Village Church), and competes in triathlons. His current goal is to complete a full Ironman Triathlon.

Current Funded Research Grants/Projects:

  • “NASA/New York Space Grant Consortium: National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program 2020-2024”. NASA, $40,000. Funded from June 1, 2020 to May 31, 2024.
  • “EAGER: Quantitative Studies of Career Trajectories for African American Women in Engineering and Computing”. National Science Foundation, $299,311. Funded from September 1, 2019 to August 31, 2021. Grant # 1936777.
  • "Academic and Social STEM Excellence for Transfer Students (ASSETS)". National Science Foundation, $998,750. Funded from June 1, 2017 to May 31, 2022. Grant #1643671
  • "The immediacy, inclusion and productivity of NSF grants under the Broader Impact Criterion". National Science Foundation, $274,813. Funded from August 1, 2019 to July 31, 2022. Grant #1155837 
  •  "Workshop on Data Science Across the Undergraduate Curriculum: University-Industry Online Case Studies on Applications of Data Science". National Science Foundation, $49,796. Funded from October 1, 2019 to September 30, 2019. Grant #1155972

Selected Publications (for full list see website link below):

  • Woodson, Thomas, Logan Williams. (2020). “Stronger Together: Frameworks for Interrogating Inequality in Science and Technology Innovation”. Third World Quarterly. January 2020.
  • Woodson, Thomas, Julia Torres Alcantara, Milena Silva do Nascimento. (2019). “Is 3D printing an Inclusive Innovation?: An examination of 3D printing in Brazil.” Technovation. 80. Pg 54-62.
  • Woodson, Thomas, Victor Rodriguez. (2019). “Inequality in Nanomedicine Clinical Trials.” Nanomedicine. 14(13).
  • Woodson, Thomas, Matthew Harsh, Rider Foley. (2018). “Non-Academic Careers for STS Graduate Students: Hopping off the Tenure Track.” Minerva. 56(4). 529-535
  • Harsh, M. , Thomas Woodson, S. Cozzens, S., Wetmore, J., Soumonni, D. and Cortes, R. (2017). The Role of Emerging Technologies in Inclusive Innovation: The Case of Nanotechnology in South Africa. Science and Public Policy. December 2017.
  • Woodson, Thomas. (2017). “The Role of Science in USA Racial Tensions”. Issues in Science and Technology. Winter 2017. 33(2).

Office: 1412 Computer Science

Phone:  631-632-9974

CV: Woodson_CV (Jan. 2021)