The School of Emerging Technologies (SET) at Towson University works to advance interdisciplinary
and collaborative educational and research programs that address the development,
application, implications and ramifications of emerging technologies.
Launched in October 2012, the SET is housed administratively within the Fisher College
of Science and Mathematics and is located on the third floor of the 7800 York Road
The School of Emerging Technology will develop and support innovative, integrative,
interdisciplinary programs at the baccalaureate through applied doctoral levels in
fields involving emerging technologies, and will seek to address workforce and public/societal
needs. The SET will forge educational partnerships with community colleges, government
agencies and technology-based industries. The SET will also be an incubator for interdisciplinary
faculty/student research and other forms of scholarly and creative collaborations
on the study and application of emerging technologies that impact people’s lives at
work, in the community, and at home.
Goals of the School of Emerging Technologies
SET supports and enhances existing courses and academic degree programs throughout
the university that relate to emerging technologies and their social, environmental
and ethical implications.
SET fosters the development of new innovative, interdisciplinary courses and degree
and non-degree programs in fields involving emerging technologies — programs that
address the anticipated technical workforce needs of the region and integrate the
study of social/cultural, environmental and ethical issues as well as specific technologies.
We produce college graduates and postgraduates with marketable skills and potential
for career growth in technology-driven fields.
We stimulate and facilitate interdisciplinary research and creative collaborations
that focus on the study and application of emerging technologies in addressing public
and individual needs, including quality-of-life enhancements.
SET collaborates with entities in the region in identifying key technological areas
of focus that would benefit from university involvement in designing and developing
innovative processes and products.
SET establishes strong partnerships with area community colleges to insure seamless
transitions for students desiring a four-year degree that focuses on an area of technology.
We establish K-12 outreach initiatives to encourage more students at the pre-college
level to pursue technology-based careers.
We collaborate with private and governmental partners in the region to address the
professional development needs of their current technical workforce.
We serve as a catalyst to make technology and issues related to technology integral
parts of the undergraduate educational experience spanning both general education
and major course offerings.
SET promotes understanding among all Towson students of the ethical implications of
current and future technologies and identify and address ethical issues confronting