CEE 300 Instructional Team
Thomas P. Seager is an Associate Professor in the School of Sustainable Engineering & the Built Environment and Director of the Sustainable Energy and Environmental Decision Sciences (SEEDS) studio at Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ. Dr. Seager leads research teams working at the boundaries of engineering and social science to understand resilient infrastructure systems, 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. Additionally, Dr. Seager serves as Chairman of two startup companies: eXperiential Sustainability Ethics Training (XSETGames) publishes a twitter-based game simulating the Tragedy of the Commons that is used by dozens of Universities on three different continents, while Building Integrated Solar Thermal Electricity Generation (BISTEG-USA) is developing full-scale working sculptures that create electricity from sunlight without using photovoltaics. 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 (issst2015.net).
I have been teaching Composition for 15 years. I have a Masters in Educational Leadership as well as a Masters in Rhetoric and Composition. Currently, I am a second year PhD student in the Rhetoric, Composition, and Literacy program. I am a full-time professor at Mesa Community College, where I teach Composition and Literature courses. My research interests/agenda revolve around writing practices in professional/workplace communities and the extent to which students leaving academia are prepared for these complex writing environments. On a personal note, I have been married for close to 13 years to my beautiful wife Tara. We have two lovely daughters, Gabby (7) and Alexis (9). When I’m not in school, working, or with the family, I am rooting for my Fighting Irish!