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Stories from the Field - Jul 28, 2019
A Circuitous Route: A Civil Engineer Navigates Transportation Policy

After growing up in the West, Kristina Swallow, P.E. served as an American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Congressional Fellow and legislative staff member for New Mexico’s Senator Tom Udall. Today, she leads Nevada’s Department of Transportation (NDOT).

Local STEM - Jul 14, 2019
New Energy Nexus: Clean Energy and the Startup ‘Ecosystem’

Ken Alston brought his experience working at the Department of Energy and Obama administration to New Energy Nexus, where he focuses on supporting entrepreneurs and international startups. The organization’s ambitious platform includes elevating 100,000 startups by 2030 in a quest to reach 100% clean energy.

Stories from the Field - Jun 23, 2019
Applying Technology for Smart Cities

Rich Lechner is a lecturer at Stanford University and the VP of Business Development at UrbanLeap, a startup that provides a platform for local governments to harness innovative solutions. Previously at IBM, Lechner has a long background fostering urban sustainability through intelligent building design and smart infrastructure.

Local STEM - Jun 16, 2019
Tech Exchange Tackles Technology Inequality

Tech Exchange addresses digital equity by providing computers and digital support serves to underserved residents of California's Bay Area. Executive Director Seth Hubbert spoke to ESAL about the nonprofit and his journey in enabling technology for social change.

Other - May 29, 2019
Taking the First Step

On May 8, four scientists and engineers shared their insights on community engagement at an ESAL happy hour in Berkeley, California. The event brought together leaders from across the San Francisco Bay Area who apply their expertise while serving on commissions in their local cities.

Stories from the Field - May 26, 2019
Applying Systems Knowledge to a School Board

Henry (Hal) Cardwell, who earned a Ph.D. in geography and environmental engineering from Johns Hopkins University, has always been interested in systems. He recently finished a 3-year term as an elected school board official in the City of Alexandria, VA, applying this interest to a school district with 15,000 students.

Other - May 19, 2019
#EngageLocal: ESAL Goes Live on Twitter

On May 9, ESAL hosted a Twitter chat to share tips and ideas for how scientists and engineers can make a difference in their community. Using the #EngageLocal hashtag, scientists and engineers from around the country joined in to ask questions and share their experience.

Local STEM - May 12, 2019
Can Local Government Be ‘Delightful?’ Yes, Says New Urban Mechanics

Nigel Jacob, a Ph.D. computer scientist, co-chairs the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics (MONUM) where he oversees local initiatives and innovative projects in Boston's mayoral office. Jacob spoke to ESAL about how MONUM brings an entrepreneurial spirit to Boston’s local bureaucracy.

Other - Apr 29, 2019
Taking Your First Steps to Local Engagement

Our latest playbook guide aims to ease your first steps toward local engagement. We share ideas and tips for learning more about how your local government is addressing issues you care about.

Stories from the Field - Apr 28, 2019
Local Commission Provides Gateway to Politics for Biologist

After completing a Ph.D. and post-doctoral fellowship in molecular biology, Mike Fisher moved to Red Bank, a vibrant town of 12,000 residents along the Jersey Shore. There, he joined the local environmental commission, leading to later efforts on a congressional campaign and his current job at the Federation of American Scientists, a science and technology nonprofit organization in D.C.

Local STEM - Apr 14, 2019
New York Academy of Sciences: NY Scientist’s Varied Career Leads Back to the Big Apple and Climate Challenges

Jennifer Costley is the director of physical science, sustainability, and engineering at the New York Academy of Sciences. The Academy recently hosted a summit on climate change and adaptation planning to discuss the findings from the New York City Panel on Climate Change (NPCC). Costley spoke to ESAL about the collaboration between the Academy and the NPCC on their milestone anniversary.

Stories from the Field - Mar 24, 2019
Making a Difference on a School Board

Philip (Bo) Hammer, a Ph.D. in physics, has an abiding interest in applying his expertise to science policy and education. Outside of his day job with the American Institute of Physics, he previously served two elected terms on a local school board in New Jersey.

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