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.

News

FedEx Research Project Competition Finalist Win for Instructors Sohad Abu-Elzait and Ram Poudel

Congratulations to our department instructors Sohad Abu-Elzait and Ram Poudel for recently leading STBE at App State as a finalist in  Round 1 of...

Honors Student Denise Renteria with Dr. Yu and Dr. Shirzad

Three Honors Students Successfully Defend Their Honors Thesis

Reflecting back on Spring 2022 semester's end, we'd like to announce that three of our undergraduate students in the Honors program defended their Dep...

App State Team Wins 2nd Place Division of Solar District Cup Collegiate Design Competition

Coming in recently as 2nd  place Division winners of the Solar District Cup Collegiate Design Competition (DOE), our Solar Team was recognized as...

Rob Howard Named Plug-In NC Ambassador

One of our building science lecturers, Rob Howard, became a Plug-in NC ambassador in 2019 and is a long-time advocate for the adoption of electric veh...

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...

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...