Public policy explores the intersection of policy, technology, society, and the natural world. Analysis of these intersections plays a critical role in being able to address the many environmental, social, economic, and technological challenges facing society today and in the future. The programs and coursework in the Department of Public Policy allow you to combine your interests in science, technology, government, economics, and other social science fields and obtain the skills and knowledge needed to analyze and, ultimately, advocate for policy change in government or private organizations.
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LaVerne McQuiller Williams, senior associate dean of RIT’s College of Liberal Arts, has been named interim COLA dean effective June 1. McQuiller Williams succeeds Dean James Winebrake, who is leaving RIT on June 30 to become provost and vice chancellor of Academic Affairs at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.
RIT’s College of Liberal Arts honored student achievement in writing with more than a dozen writing awards for essays varying from wasteful energy, maternal mortality, eyewitness testimony policies and seeking worth in a liberal arts degree. Each department within the college selected student awardees whose work embodies the ideals and standards of excellence, creative endeavor and scholarship.
Dean James Winebrake will be leaving RIT’s College of Liberal Arts to become provost and vice chancellor of Academic Affairs at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Winebrake, who came to RIT in 2002 as chair of the Department of Public Policy and became dean in 2011, will leave RIT effective June 30.
Director, Social Research Center, Public Policy Consultant,
American University Central Asia, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Project Manager, Armenia Sustainable Energy Finance Project, International Finance Corporation
Consultant to World Bank on Energy Issues
Energy Sector Analyst, Dragon Capital, Ukraine
Project Manager, Energy Solutions, Oakland, CA
Ph.D. in Communications at the University at Buffalo
Information Technology Risk and Audit Management Associate, Royal Bank of Scotland, Stamford, CT
Fulbright Visiting Scientist – Mechanical Engineering, Energy Studies Institute – National University of Singapore
Spacecraft Vehicle Engineer, The Boeing Company, Washington, DC
Energy Efficiency Analyst, Integral Analytics, Cincinnati, OH
Program Manager, ENERGY STAR Appliance Program, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Ph.D. University of California – Davis, Transportation Policy
Ed.D. Executive Leadership, St. John Fisher College, Rochester, NY
Associate Staff Member, Dynamis, Washington, DC
Program Analyst, Department of Veterans Affairs, Rochester, NY
Dockets Analyst, Bloomberg, Skillman, NJ
Assistant Director Research Relations, Rochester Institute of Technology
Project Manager, Magna Powertrain, Troy, MI
Training & Support for Deaf in Developing Countries, The Nippon Foundation, Tokyo, Japan
Assistant Director, Public Safety Initiatives Center, City of Rochester & RIT Collaborative
Ph.D. Candidate in Energy and Environmental Policy at University of Delaware
Project HOPE Director, DEAF, Inc., Boston, MA
Researcher, Data Analyst, GIS Specialist, Energy & Environmental Research Associates
Senior Crime Research Specialist, Rochester Police Department
International Program Manager, Center for Energy & Resource Development, American University at Kosovo, Rochester Institute of Technology
Program Coordinator, Huther-Doyle Memorial Institute, Rochester, NY
Ph.D., Water Resources Engineering, SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry
Energy Efficiency & Conservation Advisor, U. S. Department of State, Washington, DC
Research Assistant, United States Senate, Washington, DC
The undergraduate major provides you with the opportunity to integrate your interests in science, technology, government, economics, and other social science fields. Along with quantitative and qualitative training in policy analysis, you will take courses that deepen your understanding of the ethical, political, and social dimensions of policy issues. Through an interdisciplinary core and customizable concentration, you will develop strong policy analysis skills along with expertise in a chosen specialty area such as biotechnology policy, computer crime policy, energy policy, environmental policy, or information and telecommunications policy.
Explore the intersection of public policy, technology, and our natural world. The major provides students with an opportunity to integrate their interests in science, technology, government, economics, and other social science fields while analyzing policy in terms of complex, interconnected systems.
Our innovative graduate program emphasizes analysis of engineering, science, and technology policy and draws on coursework from a variety of relevant disciplines. Building on RIT’s strength as a technological university, you’ll interact directly with faculty members and researchers who are working on scientific developments and technological innovations that drive new public policy considerations.
A public policy master's degree that pairs theory with engineering, science, and technology to prepare you to make significant contributions to the creation of effective policy in areas that include the environment, transportation, science, and emerging technological and scientific developments.
This immersion provides students with a clear understanding of public policy, the policy process, and policy analysis. Students have the opportunity to develop perspectives on a variety of contemporary public policy issues, especially those that emerge from scientific and technological advancements. Policy Analysis (PUBL-301) and Decision Analysis (PUBL-302) are offered especially for students who are considering the MS in public policy or who have an interest in analytical tools.
The public policy minor provides students with a foundation in the field of public policy and allows them to make connections between public policy and other fields of study. The minor underscores the role of public policy on science and technology-based problems. Students obtain a deeper understanding of public policy and the policy making process, how policy analysis impacts policymaking, and how public policies operate within a number of specific science or technological domains.