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 900 majors and to work 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,  Architectural Design & Technology, and Sustainable Building Systems), Graphic Arts and Imaging Technology, Interior Design, Industrial Design (with concentrations in Product Design and Furniture Design), Commercial Photography, and two degrees leading to K-12 teacher licensure: Technology Education and Trade and Industry. Our Graduate Program 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:

  • Appalachian State and a team led by students and faculty from the Department of Technology and Environmental Design, was one of only two US-based teams selected to participate in the Solar Decathlon Europe competition, to be held in Paris, France in July 2014. 
  • Industrial Design student work was featured in a joint booth with the Eastman Chemical Company at the High Point Furniture Market and the International Contemporary Furniture Fair.
  • Susan Doll (Building Science) received a grant for just under $700,000 to study energy efficiency and indoor air quality in homes being weatherized.
  • Marie Hoepfl, Richard Elaver, Mandy Wu, Dennis Scanlin, Ok-Youn Yu, John Craft, and Brian Raichle 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; the Broyhill Family Foundation; and Philmark, a furniture manufacturing company located in North Carolina.

Dr. Jerianne Taylor

Dr. Jerianne Taylor
Interim Chairperson, Department of Technology and Environmental Design
Appalachian State University
Boone, NC 28608-2122