EST 625 Advanced Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy

Spring 2023


This student-driven PhD seminar evaluates ideas and applications of science, technology, policy and innovation systems by drawing from a wide range of early and current literature and cases. Emphasis is placed on deconstructing seminal ideas and practices in the context of policy and technology change objectives. Students will refine analytical and communication skills that are relevant for advancing their independent research and work at the interface of technology, innovation, and management.

Course plan

Date,  Topic,  Lead Facilitator

Jan 26, 2023.  Introduction,  Gang He

Feb 2, 2023. STIP overview,  Gang He

Feb 9, 2023. Agencies and institutions: ARPA-E,  Gang He

Feb 16, 2023. Energy technology innovation system,  Gang He

Feb 23, 2023. Metrics and indicators, Gang He

March 2, 2023. Factors to scale up clean energy deployment, Gang He

March 23, 2023. Next generation nuclear safeguards Initiative, Steven Glozek

March 30, 2023. Energy transition, Sumeyra Danisman

April 6, 2023. ChatGPT and STIP research, Gang He

April 13, 2023. Modeling social conomic factors, Mohammad Pourmatin

April 20, 2023. Textile Waste Management and Fashion Sustainability, Maeen Md. Khairul Akter

April 27, 2023. Automotive Ethics, Amin Shirangi

May 4, 2023. Presentations

Guest speakers

Feb 16, 2023. Dr. Michael Davidson, Risks of decoupling from China on low-carbon technologies

March 2, 2023. Dr. Parth Vaishnav, Electrify everything? Case studies in electrification in the real world

March 23, 2023. Susan Pepper, Integral Nonproliferation Introductory TeachIng And Learning (INITIAL) Module

March 30, 2023. Dr. Ashwin Venkatraman, Accelerating decision making for oil and gas companies to enable energy transition: one startup's journey towards this end

April 13, 2023. Dr. Wei Peng, Making Climate Policy Models More Decision-relevant

April 20, 2023. Dr. Md Imranul Islam, Textile Waste Management and Fashion Sustainability