Mike completed his undergraduate degree in 2012 earning a Bachelor's of Science in Physics from SUNY Cortland. During his studies he took several graduate level electives in the field of renewable energy and building efficiency. It was during this time that he developed an interest for sustainable energies, especially solar. Mike had always wanted to pursue a career in science and engineering, and with a newly found passion for renewable energy he enrolled in the Sustainable Energy Systems graduate program in Physics at SUNY Cortland. This program enabled Mike to pursue engineering within the solar industry. While in graduate school he joined a company installing solar as an intern, and worked his way up from an intern, to junior designer, eventually becoming the lead engineer. In 2016 Mike shifted his career slightly within the renewable energy industry taking a position at Intertek where he conducts safety and performance evaluations on new and expanding products within the renewable energy fields. Mike has never lost his desire to provide solar energy to people everywhere, and so he became a founding member of Dragon Solar based in Cortland. Mike operates as the Design Engineer for Dragon Solar creating reliable and quality engineered solar powered systems to meet the demands of clients and contractors.
Amy DiRenzo has been an educator, researcher, and field instructor in the outdoor recreation and adventure education fields for nearly 20 years. She is an Associate Professor in the Recreation, Parks, & Leisure Studies Department at SUNY Cortland. Her scholarship primarily involves social-psychological aspects of adventure and outdoor learning, particularly with regard to the development of empowerment, resilience, and well-being. She has worked as an instructor for a number of outdoor schools/programs including Outward Bound, high school and university outdoor programs. Amy will be speaking on the impact natural environments can have on human health, with a particular focus on the connection between adventuring outdoors and wellbeing.
Brian Tobin, Mayor for the City of Cortland elected for a second term who is also a swim coach and teacher at SUNY Cortland which is where he earned his Master’s degree in Recreation Management. Mayor Tobin has a long list of volunteerism and committee chairs for the greater good of the Cortland community. He has a sense of responsibility and commitment to help keep Cortland a beautiful and safe place to live in.
Mayor Tobin will be speaking on 'Longevity and Small Communities' and how small communities, like Cortland, have to 'reinvent and rejuvinate' themselves for longevity.