By Di Minardi
School of History and Sociology alumnus Albert George has led an impactful career in environmentalism. He founded the Amazon Reforestation Project, worked as the director of conservation at the South Carolina Aquarium, and is now the carbon neutral program manager at Apple, where he develops strategies to reduce the company's global supply chain emissions to net zero by 2030.
George said his goal in his work has always been to dispense with the talk and make real change. To do so, he earned marine biology and chemistry degrees and completed programs at Harvard and Yale. But it’s his Master of Science in History and Sociology of Technology and Science (HSTS) from Ivan Allen College that most profoundly shaped the trajectory of his career. Why did this scientist decide to venture into the liberal arts?
"Because I think one thing that has not been done enough is thinking deeply about equity issues and access issues in the face of this rapidly evolving technological landscape," George said. "When you couple that with issues around climate change, where those people who've done the least are going to be impacted the most, the question becomes very clear to me. Who's focusing on those issues? Who cares about those issues? When I decided that I was going to further my education, I wanted to learn and understand this confluence of factors."
“I know Georgia Tech has made a shift towards integrating more of the liberal arts into the engineering and scientific curriculums. I would say that's not just a nice thing to do. Given the state of the world, it's a necessity.”
— Albert George, HSTS 2009