GLOBE Alumni Representative for North America
Matt Fenzel is the North America Alumni Representative. Matt, now 27, was first introduced to GLOBE in 1997 while a primary school student at St. Francis of Assisi School in Louisville, Kentucky. "In fact," writes Matt, "my interest and passion for the sciences can be traced back to my youthful days of spending countless hours outdoors doing GLOBE Protocols. I can still remember specific days where my classmates and I would go out to our GLOBE Hydrology site and take turbidity, flow, and various water quality readings as if it were yesterday. At one point, I remember using fruit, commonly referred to as "monkey brains", from the Osage orange tree to take flow readings." Matt's interest in science continued to grow, leading to a Bachelor of Science in Integrated Science and Technology (with specific focuses on Energy, Environment, and Instrumentation and Measurement) from James Madison University. As a part of his thesis, he and a fellow student designed a sustainable irrigation system in western Kenya, and an EPA Grant allowed them to install a demonstration unit in a Kenyan village during the summer of 2008.