Postcard: Serving on a Citizens’ Advisory Committee

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Our “Postcards” series shares the experiences of engineers and scientists who are taking early steps toward local engagement. by Amy Nagengast, Ph.D., P.E., LEED AP Tell us about yourself: Amy Nagengast, San Francisco, CA, Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering, P.E., LEED AP I found my enthusiasm for engineering while getting my B.S. in Civil … Continued

Stories from the Field: Interning for a State Representative

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Our “Stories from the Field” series shares the experiences of engineers and scientists who are making a difference in their communities. by Christopher K. Tokita, Mathematical Biology Ph.D. Student, Princeton University Since March 2017, I’ve spent my free time as an intern for New Jersey state Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker, Ph.D. While it may seem overwhelming … Continued

Postcard: Visiting the Office of the Mayor

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Our “Postcards” series shares the experiences of engineers and scientists who are taking early steps toward local engagement. by Tim Oolman, Ph.D., ESAL Strategic Advisor Tell us about yourself: Tim Oolman, Charleston, South Carolina, Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering I have spent my career in industrial research & development, where my mission is to transform innovation … Continued

Stories from the Field:
Taking Politicians to the Lab

Leah Pagnozzi

Our “Stories from the Field” series shares the experiences of engineers and scientists who are making a difference in their communities. by Leah Pagnozzi, Graduate Research Assistant at Cornell University and Founder of “Take a Politician to Work Day“ In the past year, I made a purposeful effort to become more active in my community … Continued

Postcards:
Joining a City Task Force

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This is the first post in our “Postcards” series to share the experiences of engineers and scientists who are taking their first step toward local engagement. by Ginny Delaney, Ph.D. Tell us about yourself: Ginny Delaney, Hayward, California, Ph.D. in Microbiology As a couple of scientists looking for jobs, the Bay Area was a great … Continued

Postcards:
Starting to Engage Locally

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by Brinda Thomas, ESAL Social Media Manager Engineers & Scientists Acting Locally (ESAL) is dedicated to helping professionals with science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) backgrounds engage and contribute to their local government and communities. We believe that many of the critical problems we face can be meaningfully tackled through decisions and actions at the … Continued

Stories from the Field:
A Data Scientist Goes to the State House

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Our “Stories from the Field” series shares the experiences of engineers and scientists who are making a difference in their communities. by Derek Stanford, Ph.D., Washington State Representative As a statistician and data scientist, I was an unusual candidate for the state legislature. But by the time I filed to run in 2010, I had … Continued

Stories from the Field: An Engineer’s Path to City Council

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Our “Stories from the Field” series shares the experiences of engineers and scientists who are making a difference in their communities. by Chris Spitzer, ESAL Content Director Is it possible to balance a technical career with a life of public service? Al Mendall is proof you can, and that science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) … Continued

Stories from the Field: Shaping State Policy with Science

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This is the first post in our “Stories from the Field” series to share the experiences of engineers and scientists who are making a difference in their local communities. by Josh Lawler, Ph.D. Professor of Environmental and Forest Sciences and Co-Director, Center for Creative Conservation, University of Washington In November 2016, I got a call … Continued

Stories from the Field: Engineers & Scientists Acting Locally

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by Melanie Roberts, ESAL Steering Committee Member Engineers & Scientists Acting Locally (ESAL) is dedicated to increasing local government and community engagement by professionals with science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) backgrounds. We believe you can make important contributions in your communities and that local engagement is critical to addressing problems that affect us all. … Continued