Chapter 1498

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Dennis Jacobs

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Dennis Jacobs has a B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering an M.S. in Physics, and an Ed.D. in Science Education. He joined the Peace Corps in 1966 and taught science in Malaysia for two years. After the Peace Corps, he spent several months traveling the world before returning to the U.S. Dr. Jacobs then taught high School for three years before moving to the North Woods of Minnesota where he designed and built a geodesic living system made entirely from recycled material. For several years he lived off the land in a completely sustainable lifestyle, independent of the electrical grid, using a wind generator, passive solar, and biomass. That experience led to forming a business for the design, manufacture, and selling of wind energy conversion systems. He owns several patents on governing devices for wind systems.

Dr. Jacobs began teaching undergraduate science at Minnesota State University Moorhead in 1986. He has developed several courses on science, energy and the environment and has written a textbook on the history and philosophy of science. He and Dr. Branden have just completed a second book, From McEnergy to EcoEnergy – America’s Transition to Sustainable Energy, which was published in 2008. In 1997 Dr Jacobs returned to Malaysia to lecture at a Technical University in Kuala Lumpur. He then repeated his travels from 1969 and was able to observe world environmental changes that had occurred over the previous thirty years. He now lives in a super insulated dwelling designed and built by Dr Jacobs and his wife, Dr Karen Branden, where they occupy their time by teaching, writing, and working toward a sustainable lifestyle. He enjoys flying, sailing, camping, and working on designs to increase energy efficiency in his living environment.

He is now building a 1931 Pietenpol Scout Aircraft, which will be powered by a 30 KW electric motor.  The project should be completed and in the air by June, 2013 

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