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Rider W. Foley

Associate Professor
Unit: School of Engineering and Applied Science
Department: Department of Engineering and Society
Office location and address
Thornton A218
351 McCormick Rd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
B.S. University of New Hampshire, 2001
​M.L.A. Harvard University, 2008
Ph.D. Arizona State University, 2013
Post-Doc ​Center for Nanotechnology in Society, 2013-14

Dr. Rider W. Foley is an assistant professor in the science, technology & society program in the Department of Engineering and Society at the University of Virginia. He is the principal investigator at University of Virginia on the ‘4C Project’ on Cultivating Cultures of Ethical STEM education with colleagues from Notre Dame, Xavier University and St. Mary’s College. He is also the co-leader of the ‘Nano and the City’ thematic research cluster for the Center for Nanotechnology in Society at Arizona State University. Rider is a Research Collaborator with the Sustainability Science Education program at the Biodesign Institute. His research focuses on wicked problems that arise at the intersection of society and technology. Rider holds a Ph.D. in Sustainability from Arizona State University, and a Master's degree in Environmental Management from Harvard University and a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from University of New Hampshire. Before earning his doctorate, he has worked for a decade in consulting and emergency response for Triumvirate Environmental Inc.

NERC for Advanced Self-Powered Systems for Integrated Sensor Technologies (ASSIST)
Source: North Carolina State University
September 01, 2012 – August 31, 2022
A Novel Architecture for Secure Energy Efficient Community Edge Clouds with Application in Harlem
Source: University Of Arizona
September 15, 2017 – February 28, 2022
EN-E&S Collaborative Research: Standard: Comparison of Communications Across Campus Cultures
Source: U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF)
September 15, 2015 – August 31, 2021
EN-ES TRC2: urban Design, Materials, & the Built Environment or "Nano in the City"
Source: Arizona State University
November 01, 2014 – August 31, 2016
EN-ES TRC2: urban Design, Materials, & the Built Environment or "Nano in the City"
Source: University Of Arizona
November 01, 2014 – August 31, 2015
STS 1501: Special Topics in Engineering & Society
Credits: 1
Student led special topic courses which vary by semester.
STS 2500: Science and Technology in Social and Global Context
Credits: 3
This course invites students to explore the implications of STS core concepts within a specific topical or disciplinary area, drawing out the implications of STS 1500 in depth. The course explores the social and global context of engineering, science and technology. Although writing and speaking skills are emphasized, more attention is given to course content and the students' analytical abilities. Prerequisites: STS 1500 or an equivalent STS course.
STS 3020: Science and Technology Policy for Interns
Credits: 3
This Socratic course prepares undergrads for internships in science, engineering and technology (SET) in Washington, DC. A core objective is to increase knowledge, oral and written skills for assessing SET and their impacts on public policy. Engineering students accepted into the SEAS Policy Internship Program in Science and Technology must take the course. Students from Batten School, the College and other schools are also welcome to enroll.
STS 4500: STS and Engineering Practice
Credits: 3
This course engages students with the idea that success in posing and solving engineering problems requires attention to the social dimensions of professional endeavors and practice. STS theories and methods are applied to student thesis projects. Students produce a prospectus for the senior thesis project. Students must be in residence to take this course. Students are not permitted to take STS 4500 and STS 4600 simultaneously. Prerequisites: STS 2000 or STS 3000 level course.
STS 4600: The Engineer, Ethics, and Professional Responsibility
Credits: 3
This course focuses on ethical issues in engineering. The key theme is that ethics is central to engineering practice. The professional responsibilities of engineers are examined. Students produce an STS Research paper linked to their technical thesis project and complete all of the requirements for the senior thesis. Students must be in residence to take this course. Students are not permitted to take STS 4500 and STS 4600 simultaneously. Prerequisites: STS 4500.