Alex Brown <email@example.com>
Department of Environmental, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
(617) 308-9456 mobile
The University of Massachusetts is the first major public university to divest from fossil fuel and energy investments. I'm proud to have been a part of this, through UML's Climate Change Initiative.
For most of my forty (!) odd years as an engineer -- a designer, creator and maintainer of useful things, using physical science training and experience -- I've been a member of an unusual large professional organization, the Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). This field of engineering has touched and transformed almost every aspect of modern society, from power generation and distribution, for home, commercial and industrial illumination, to transportation and communication, and especially education of young people around the world. IEEE's member communities and societies have been a great resource to my own continuing education, especially:
"Electricity is integral to the modern American lifestyle. But the generation and transmission of electricity is a complex, opaque process. Here's how it all works."
Much of my recent work has been in education, where the transformative power of electronic communications has given us the Internet, and taught us the necessity of working together on problems which seem beyond our individual powers to solve.