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Topic: Expert Guidance

Share your expertise to inform local decision-making. Through your training and professional and personal experience, you have valuable knowledge and perspective for guiding policy development. Effective expert engagement requires taking a relational approach to communication that begins by understanding community needs.


ESAL Articles and Events about Expert Guidance

Article - Oct 15, 2023
When the Cat is Missing Its Tail: Bringing Together Privacy Researchers to Solve Synthetic Data

ESAL spoke with Christine Task, a senior research scientist at Knexus Research Corporation and contracted technical lead of the Collaborative Research Cycle (CRC) hosted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Privacy Engineering Program. Learn more about how Christine is mobilizing the privacy research community to solve pressing problems facing the federal government.

Event - Sep 21, 2023
SWE WE23 - Data-Driven Decision Making: Engineering Success at the Local Level

As local governments confront complex policy challenges, the need for data-based solutions is essential. However, data is often incomplete, and successfully using the data that is available can be  administratively challenging for local policymakers who are ill-equipped to fully leverage the information at their fingertips. This creates a valuable opportunity for engineers and other STEM […]

Article - Sep 10, 2023
Professor connecting science to legislation and students and research to civic engagement

Michael Hendricks, an assistant professor in the Department of Politics and Government at Illinois State University, is an advocate for civic engagement who particularly emphasizes integrating STEM into the legislative process. Learn about how he approaches research, teaching, and mentorship to center civic engagement.

Article - Apr 6, 2023
Electrical engineer cultivates resilience, adaptability, and balance within teams and individuals

ESAL chats with Molita Sloan, who has spent much of her career in the engineering and tech sector supporting organizational effectiveness and as a life coach for Women in STEM.

Article - Mar 11, 2023
Rebuilding Communities Devastated by Fire

Tyler Pew puts his design and build skills to use rebuilding his hometown. The experienced designer, advocate, and civic enthusiast gained attention for his assistance and leadership in the rebuilding of rural Greenville, CA, following the devastation caused by the Dixie Fire in 2021.

Article - Dec 24, 2020
Creating Safe Post-Pandemic School Systems: The Role of the Built Environment

On December 2, ESAL co-hosted “Creating Safe Post-Pandemic School Systems”, a virtual panel with the Architectural Engineering Institute. Panelists discussed risk management, engineering solutions, and practical considerations for reopening schools.

Article - Nov 29, 2020
Students Respond to COVID in Their Communities

“Our expertise is science; their expertise is what they need.” This statement by panelist Elina Kostyanovskaya referred to the importance of listening to vulnerable communities. It was one of several key takeaways from the webinar “STEM Students Responding to COVID in their Communities,” which was jointly hosted by ESAL and the National Science Policy Network […]

Article - Oct 25, 2020
Thriving Earth Exchange: Connecting Scientists and Communities

The AGU's Thriving Earth Exchange program connects communities with scientists to develop community science programs tackling natural hazards, resources, and climate change. These projects are driven by the philosophy that all communities should have access to science.

Article - Oct 13, 2019
Internet of Water: building data infrastructure one state at a time

Peter Colohan, an expert in environmental information, has spent his career helping institutions like the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Office of Science and Technology Policy become data savvy. Today, as executive director of the Internet of Water (IoW), he and his team help local and state governments modernize their water data collection in an effort to safeguard and effectively manage one of the most vital resources to human civilization.

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