Thomas Seager

  • Senior Sustainability Scientist, Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Lincoln Fellow of Ethics and Sustainability, School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering
  • Associate Professor, School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering

Arizona State University
School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment
PO Box 875306
Tempe, AZ 85287-5306
USA
Email: Thomas.Seager@asu.edu

Biography

Dr. Seager leads a project funded by the National Science Foundation that applies game theory to develop new strategies for teaching ethical reasoning skills relevant to sustainability to science and engineering graduate students. This project interprets sustainability primarily as an ethical concept, and places students in noncooperative game situations that confront the salient problems of sustainability, such as intergenerational equity and weak vs. strong formulations of the sustainability concept. Dr. Seager also conducts research related to environmental decision analysis, and the life-cycle environmental impacts of alternative energy technologies. He joined the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment at Arizona State University in 2010, and has previously taught at Rochester Institute of Technology and Purdue University. His formal education is in Civil & Environmental Engineering, in which he earned his Ph.D. from Clarkson University in 2001.

Expertise

environmental decision analysis; sustainability theory; engineering ethics; environmental impacts of alternative energy; alternative fuels

Journal Articles

In Press

Wender, B., R. W. Foley, T. P. Seager, D. H. Guston and A. D. Wiek. In Press. Anticipatory governance and anticipatory life-cycle assessment of single wall carbon nanotube anode lithium ion batteries. Journal of Nanotechnology Law and Business

Presentations

2013

Berardy, A., T. P. Seager, E. Selinger and R. Uhl. 2013. TURINEX: A social science tool to help predict and understand sustainable consumption. Presentation at the International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology, 16-17 May 2013, Cincinnati, OH. (link)

2012

Berardy, A. and T. P. Seager. 2012. Assessing trade-offs in diet variability with life cycle assessment: Beef vs. seitan. Presentation at the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) North American 33rd Annual Meeting, 11-15 November 2012, Long Beach, CA.

Conference Papers

2013

Berardy, A., T. P. Seager, E. Selinger and R. Uhl. 2013. TURINEX: A social science tool to help understand and predict sustainable consumption. Proceedings of the International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology. international Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology. Cincinnati, OH. (link)

2011

Berardy, A., T. P. Seager and E. Selinger. 2011. Developing a pedagogy of interactional expertise for sustainability education. Pp. 1-4 2011 IEEE International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology (ISSST). 2011 IEEE International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology (ISSST). Chicago, IL. (link)

2010

Seager, T. P., E. Selinger, D. Whiddon, D. Schwartz, S. Spierre Clark and A. Berardy. 2010. Debunking the fallacy of the individual decision-maker: An experiential pedagogy for sustainability ethics. Pp. 1-5 2010 IEEE International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology (ISSST). 2010 IEEE International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology (ISSST). Arlington, VA. (link)