CSE/EST 517 - Science For Society

Course Information:

Instructors: Prof. Klaus Mueller (CS) and Prof. Fred Phillips (DTS)
    Office hours (Klaus Mueller): SUNY Korea B-471, W 2-3 pm (or send email for appointment)
    Phone (Klaus Mueller): 032-626-1200
    Email (Klaus Mueller): mueller{remove_this}@cs.sunysb.edu

Meeting time and venue:

    SUNY Korea C107, Fr 2:30 - 3:30 pm

  This is the second course of an interdisciplinary 2-course sequence is designed for ITCCP fellowship students in the departments of computer science (CS) and technology and society (DTS). Students taking this course will enhance their abilities to critically think and build awareness for science and technology (ST) and their societal aspects. They will learn strategies for assessing important questions such as: what should I focus my efforts on, where are societal needs, what policies are required or can be taken advantage of, how can I possibly influence policy, and finally, what are the dangers when developing new ST. To teach these topics the course takes a practical approach. The first section of the sequence examines historical science and technology successes and failures. This course is cross-listed with EST 516/517. The first part (CSE/EST 516) consists of series of seminar presemtations both by faculty and students to communicate their viewpoints on the topic. In the second part (CSE/EST 517), teams composed of ITCCP fellowship students from both the CS and DTS departments conduct case studies of existing ST or design and implement new ST under the perspectives of the course. This course is mandatory for SUNY Korea ITCCP fellowship recipients.



    Attendance (taken every session): 50%
    Project paper and presentation: 50%

  In the project you will identify and study in detail one technology failure and one technology sucess. You will then write a term paper and give a class presentation on your study.

    Watch this course webpage for a more detailed schedule.

Presenter/Narrator Slides/Reading
Introduction and overview Profs. Fred Phillips and Klaus Mueller needFinding | see "Pitch and business plans" below
09/19 Team formation Profs. Fred Phillips and Klaus Mueller  
10/10 Team report: stage 1 Profs. Fred Phillips and Klaus Mueller  
10/17 Team report: stage 1 Team leaders  
10/24 Team report: stage 2 Team leaders  
10/31 Team report: stage 2 Team leaders  
11/07 Team report: stage 3 Team leaders  
11/14 Team report: stage 3 Team leaders  
11/21 Team report: stage 4 Team leaders  
11/28 Team report: stage 4 Team leaders  
12/05 Team report: stage 5 Team leaders  
12/12 Conclusions Team leaders, Profs. Fred Phillips and Klaus Mueller  

Pitch and business plans:

1. To subscribe to the SCISIP list: send the text “subscribe SCISIP” to listserv@listserv.nsf.gov
2. Here is a variety of  'standard pitch' ppt's that've been used in pitch competitions in Silicon Valley. Because they're for very quick pitches (just a few minutes allotted), they're simple and probably good for this course. Pick the one that's most useful for your team.
3. For those who want to dive more deeply into the business plans that underlie the pitch, here's a chapter from F. Phillips (ed. and series ed.), Managing Innovation, Technology, and Entrepreneurship. Meyer & Meyer Media, Aachen, 2009.