Dan encourages Environmental Engineers to pursue recognition through licensure and certification, including achieving status as a Chartered Environmentalist, because professionals have an obligation and an opportunity to self-regulate promoting excellence in education and practice within the broad field of environmental sustainability.
An American science diplomat, social entrepreneur, and Professor of Environmental Engineering, Dan believes in acting locally while maintaining a global outlook. In the US, he’s a Professional Engineer and Board Certified in Environmental Engineering. In the UK, he’s a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Society of Environmental Engineers (SEE). Dan achieved Chartered Environmentalist status through oral examination by SEE because he believes in the value of professional accreditation, to grow his professional network, and to increase his credibility throughout the Commonwealth and around the world as he creates and shares knowledge of good environmental practice for the public benefit.
Dan’s research and teaching at the university and his professional practice as an Environmental Engineer aim to promote sustainable access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WaSH) and support food and nutrition security and safety in developing communities in the US and around the world – including in Brazil, Ghana, India, Kenya, South Africa, and Tanzania. In particular, he has worked in partnership with local communities, civil society, corporations and government to address the pervasive issue of childhood stunting – low height for age – among the non-Spanish speaking indigenous peoples living in rural villages throughout the Western Highlands of Guatemala. His approach to convergence research – solving the pressing societal challenge of childhood stunting through the integration of diverse disciplines with an eye towards sustainability – has been recognized with awards from the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists, the American Academy of Nursing, the American Water Works Association, the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, and the Royal Society for Public Health.