Dan Garlen brings the Land Health Institute a wealth of technical and executive experience from the private sector. He believes in putting nature back ™ in our neighborhoods through better understanding the challenges and opportunities of land remediation and improvement.
Throughout his career, he has directed and managed projects in all phases of software electronics and product design through the preparation of technical proposals, specifications, documentation, testing, deployment, and support. He has shown strong leadership and communications skills are proven as an engineering program manager, sales engineer and technical trainer.
He recently updated his skills when he earned his Masters of Technology Management (EMTM) from the University of Pennsylvania School of Engineering (co-sponsored by Wharton) to augment BSEE from Drexel University earned thirty years earlier.
Dan enjoys the water. Be it boating, scuba diving or just looking out his window onto the Delaware River. He also respects water and the damage it can cause. His family home was flooded by Hurricane Floyd in 1999. In an effort to correct building errors of the past, he researched NJ DEP floodplain management requirements then applied for and earned a Hazard Mitigation Grant from FEMA to flood-proof and elevate his house.
Dan is a life-long advocate of respecting nature and sustainable resources. He believes conservation and restoration is our responsibility today and cannot be left as a liability to our children. As an Eagle Scout, he practiced and "preached", leaving campsites, trails and our planet better than we found them. He drove an electric car lived in a passive, geothermal solar envelope home. It was these core beliefs combined self-reflection when during a mid-career change and his fortuitous meeting of Scott Quitel during the pier 53 (Washington Avenue) that brought him to Land Health Institute.
Over the past several years he has gladly volunteered his time where he can share his talents and passions such as The Franklin Institute as a Science Demonstrator and more recently as a Volunteer Diver at the Adventure Aquarium in Camden, NJ. He looks forward to his new responsibilities in helping the Land Health Institute grow, thrive and make a difference.