Welcome to the Department of Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment!

       Building Solutions. Developing Leaders.

Our department features an integrated array of programs spanning the fields of sustainable design and technology. We have developed a reputation for innovative research and sustainable development in the areas of construction and building science, renewable energy, and other sustainable technologies. Our mission is to foster a strong and vibrant culture of inquiry, discovery, and innovation that integrates theory with application, problem seeking with problem-solving, local issues with global perspectives, and technological progress with environmental stewardship. More specifically, our department endeavors to:

  • Provide exemplary teaching that inspires and challenges students through experiential learning, synergistic curricula, and community engagement.
  • Conduct and disseminate scholarly work that focuses on sustainable solutions to important challenges in the design, creation, and management of technological systems.
  • Serve as a resource and a catalyst for local and global communities through projects, partnerships, and outreach.

We encourage you to become part of our innovative team! Please spend some time on our site learning more about our programs, our students, and our faculty.


Department Proudly Graduates Seven Students with M.S. in Technology

Our department congratulates the seven graduate students who graduated in May, 2022 with an M.S. in Technology. These outstanding and award-winning st...

App State team won second place in a division in the Solar District Cup 2021-2022

App State team won second place in a division in the Solar District Cup 2021-2022 organized by the U.S. Department of Energy.Congratulations to t...

Leni Sinke

Graduate Student Spotlight: Leni Sinke

Leni Sinke is a graduate student in the Appropriate Technology program within the Departmentā  of Sustainable Technology and the Built Environme...

App State team DOE Solar District Cup

App State team has been selected as a finalist. The team is now competing against the other finalist teams within their assigned divisions to cre...

NEXUS Project NCDA grant

NEXUS Project NCDA grant

The NEXUS research team has received a North Carolina Department of Agriculture Bioenergy Research Initiative grant for $76,396.  This two-year p...

adaptable solar shades used in a research project

Adaptable Solar Shades Installed

Graduate students Jackson Sloan and Dani Stockman constructed adaptable solar shades for one of Dr. Foroughi's research projects. The aim is to study ...