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STEM is Technology

STEM fields are at the forefront of developing new technologies, deploying those technologies and finding the resources needed to build those technologies. Positions in the technology sector span a wide range from burgeoning fields like Geographic Information Science (GIS) and Nanoscience to traditional computer science and programing. STEM programs at SUNY Potsdam reflect this broad spectrum and prepare students for any technology career they choose to pursue. Some of these programs include:

  • Computer Science: New technology development in Computer Science moves rapidly. Recent areas of fast development include artificial intelligence, automation, robotics, and space exploration, to name only a few. Computer Science is also the heart of Information Technology (IT), encompassing a broad range of areas such as maintenance of computer systems, software development, cybersecurity, data analytics, and artificial intelligence, in business, education, government, and research.
  • Geographic Information Science (GIS): GIS is changing the way we make decisions by connecting information to location. GIS includes a wide range of techniques for collecting, managing, analyzing and presenting spatial information.
  • MathematicsMathematical simulation and design is a key tool in the development of new technology. A computer-based simulation allows inventors to vary designs and parameters to investigate the utility of their inventions without the expense of a prototype.  
  • Physics: Physicists use fundamental principles and conduct research to develop new technologies and solve important engineering problems. Physics is also at the forefront of Nanotechnology because it is used to explain everything that goes on at the nanometer scale.
  • Chemistry: Chemists are involved in developing and designing the materials for many areas of technology, such as microchips, specialty plastics and optical fibers.
  • Anthropology: Answers to our world’s environmental problems don’t necessarily lie in high-tech solutions - rather, they are often the cause of them. Archaeologists work to illuminate the role of low-tech in crafting sustainable ecologies and economies.  
Geographic Information Science (GIS)

Whether it’s flying drones to collect spatial data or working in the Geographic Information Science computer lab, students gain the content and skills they need for a career in the technology sector. SUNY Potsdam is at the cutting edge with its GIS degree program!


Students leave SUNY Potsdam with a working knowledge of modern physics that allows them to enter fields such as astrophysics, geophysics, high-energy physics, medical physics and the electronic and communications areas of applied physics. Beyond the traditional physics curriculum, Dr. Linghong (Lily) Li is leading an initiative to create a new Nanoscience program at SUNY Potsdam.


It’s hard to imagine a student doing more with their time at SUNY Potsdam than alumna Laura Wessing ’15. In four years, she graduated summa cum laude with a double major in computer science and mathematics, as well as getting a master’s degree in math through the BA / MA program. She now leads the quantum algorithms team at the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory in Rome, N.Y.—overseeing complex research on quantum bits.

Alumni Spotlight

Alumnus Daniel Krysak puts his SUNY Potsdam STEM degree to use as an operations specialist at Malin Space Science Systems in San Diego. Daniel uses technology to take and store photos for NASA missions. Learn More