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Thomas Seager

Thomas Seager
Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley 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

Thomas.Seager@asu.edu

School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment
Arizona State University
PO Box 875306
Tempe, AZ 85287-5306
USA

Dr. Thomas P Seager is an Associate Professor in the School of Sustainable Engineering & the Built Environment at Arizona State University in Tempe AZ.  Dr. Seager leads research teams working at the boundaries of engineering and social science to understand innovation for resilient infrastructure systems, including the life-cycle environmental consequences of emerging energy technologies, novel approaches to teamwork and communication in socio-technical integrative settings, and engineering ethics education.  Current research sponsors include the National Science Foundation, the US Army Corp of Engineers, the Environmental Protection Agency, and several industry partners.  Dr. Seager is the Faculty Director of the Resource Innovation Solutions Network (RISN), a partnership of between ASU, City of Phoenix and other local municipalities for fostering circular, closed-loop economies. Additionally, Dr. Seager serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of two startup companies.  The first is eXperiential Sustainability Ethics Training (XSETGames, LLC) creates digital simulations for examining economic and ethical dimensions of wicked problems including pharmaceutical pricing, intergenerational equity, and the Tragedy of the Commons.  These simulations have been used by corporations, government agencies, and higher education clients, including dozens of Universities on three different continents.  The second is Building Integrated Solar Thermal Electricity Generation (BISTEG-USA, LLC), which is developing full-scale working sculptures that create electricity from sunlight without using photovoltaics.  BISTEG is currently working with the City of Adelaide, Australia to create a technology demonstration wall that will help realize their vision of becoming the first carbon neutral city in the world.  Lastly, Dr. Seager founded the non-profit Sustainability Conoscente Network as a mechanism for sharing knowledge related to systems approaches to sustainable technologies.  The 
Conoscente holds the International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technologies in May of every year issst2016.net).

Journal Articles

2016

Ravikumar, D., T. P. Seager and M. P. Fraser. 2016. An anticipatory approach to quantify energetics of recycling CdTe photovoltaic systems. Progress in Photovoltaics 24(5):735-746. DOI: 10.1002/pip.2711. (link )

2015

Spierre Clark, S., A. Berardy, M. Hannah, T. P. Seager, E. Selinger and J. Vianney Makanda. 2015. Group tacit knowledge and globally distributed virtual teams: Lessons learned from using games and social media in the classroom. Connexions 3(1):113-151. (link )

Spierre Clark, S., T. P. Seager and E. Selinger. 2015. A development-based approach to global climate policy. Environment Systems and Decisions 35(1):1-10. DOI: 10.1007/s10669-015-9533-x. (link )

2014

Ravikumar, D., T. P. Seager, M. V. Chester and M. P. Fraser. 2014. Intertemporal cumulative radiative forcing effects of photovoltaic deployments. Environmental Science and Technology 48:10010-10018. DOI: 10.1021/es502542a. (link )

Sadowski, J., S. G. Spierre, E. Selinger, T. P. Seager, E. A. Adams and A. Berardy. 2014. Intergroup cooperation in common pool resource dilemmas. Science and Engineering Ethics DOI: 10.1007/s11948-014-9575-3. (link )

2013

Hannah, M. A., A. Berardy, S. G. Spierre and T. P. Seager. 2013. Beyond the ā€œIā€œ: Framing a model of participatory ethical decision-making for international engineering communication. Connexions 1(2):11-41. (link )

Sadowski, J., T. P. Seager, E. Selinger, S. G. Spierre and K. P. Whyte. 2013. An experential, game-theoretical pedagogy for sustainability ethics. Science and Engineering Ethics 19(3):1323-1339. DOI: 10.1007/s11948-012-9385-4. (link )

Spierre, S. G., T. P. Seager and E. Selinger. 2013. The diminishing returns to the 2010 Human Development Index: Implications for climate policy and sustainable development. Journal of Sustainable Development 6(6):34-47. DOI: 10.5539/jsd.v6n6p34. (link )

Wender, B., R. W. Foley, D. H. Guston, T. P. Seager and A. D. Wiek. 2013. Anticipatory governance and anticipatory life-cycle assessment of single wall carbon nanotube anode lithium ion batteries. Journal of Nanotechnology Law and Business 9(3):201-216. (link )

2011

Seager, T. P., E. Selinger and S. Spierre. 2011. Determining moral responsibility for CO2 emissions: A reply to Nolt. Ethics, Policy & Environment 14(1):39-42. DOI: 10.1080/21550085.2011.561594. (link )

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 )