TEC student presentationWelcome to the Department of Technology and Environmental Design web site, where you can learn more about one of the largest and most dynamic departments on campus! We encourage you to join our more than 950 students and engage in the learning process with some of the most outstanding faculty in the nation.

The Department of Technology and Environmental Design offers degree programs in Appropriate Technology (emphasizing renewable energy and the broad range of "sustainable" technologies), Building Science (with concentrations in Construction Management and Architectural Design & Technology), Graphic Arts and Imaging Technology, Interior Design, Industrial Design (with concentrations in Product Design and Furniture Design), Technical Photography, and two degrees leading to K-12 teacher licensure: Technology Education and Trade and Industry. Our Graduate Programs offers a Master of Science in Technology degree, with concentrations in Appropriate Technology, Building Science, Graphic Arts and Imaging Technology, Sustainable Design and Construction, and Renewable Energy Enginering.

TEC studentsDepartment of Technology and Environmental Design faculty and staff are dedicated to:

  • Enhancing students' problem-solving abilities through laboratory and studio-based experiences that feature hands-on activities.
  • Teaching students to examine current and emerging technologies critically, with the goal of improved technological designs for a more sustainable future.
  • Preparing students for careers and, where relevant, professional certification or licensure.
  • Helping students to become informed consumers and responsible citizens.
  • Encouraging students to establish professional and personal goals and ethics to guide practice.
  • Inspiring students to pursue lifelong learning.

We hope you'll consider becoming a part of the Department of Technology and Enviromental Design at ASU!

Recent honors include:

  • Selection to participate as one of only two US-based teams to participate in the Solar Decathlon Europe competition, to be held in Paris, France in June 2014.
  • A multitude of awards at the 2011 Solar Decathlon in Washington, DC, including the People's Choice Award, second in Communications, and third in Architecture.
  • Exhibitions of student work in Industrial Design featured in a joint booth with the Eastman Chemical Company at the High Point Furniture Market and the International Contemporary Furniture Fair.
  • Faculty members Chad Everhart was selected as Exemplary Educator of the Year and Kern Maass was honored for Exemplary Service by the College of Fine and Applied Arts during the 2011-2012 academic year.
  • Susan Doll received a grant for just under $700,000 to study energy efficiency and indoor air quality in homes being weatherized.
  • Jerianne Taylor, Richard Elaver, Mandy Wu, Jamie Russell, Ok-Youn Yu, John Craft, and Jeff Tiller all presented some of their latest scholarly work at international conferences.
  • Design students completed Sponsored Studios with the community of Spruce Pine, the Blackburn Vannoy Farm (where students and instructor Chad Everhart built an outdoor exhibit and meeting space), Watauga High School, and the Broyhill Family Foundation and Philmark, a furniture manufacturing company located in North Carolina.

Jeff TillerMr. Jeff Tiller
Chairperson, Dept. of Technology and Environmental Design
Appalachian State University
Boone, NC 28608-2122