Since many IDEA members read this weblog and this could be a point of confusion for other readers, I wanted to clarify something. Thomas D. English is a part of the IDEA Center Advisory Board. Thomas M. English is the Tom English that frequents Uncommon Descent.
Thomas D. English has introduced ID into some of his college courses. He was featured in a Fox News report described here.
Dr. English is the President of the TESSI Endangered Species Institute, and teaches at Palomar College. He is an Advisory Board Member of the IDEA Center, the Restoring Creation Enabler for the Presbyterian ChurchÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Synod of Southern California and Hawaii, and the Chair of the Peacemaking & Social Concerns Ministry of the Presbytery of San Diego. He frequently lectures to university, civic, industrial and church groups. His current lectures include Ã¢â‚¬Å“ Navigating the Future,Ã¢â‚¬Â Ã¢â‚¬Å“Endangered Species, Food Supply, and War,Ã¢â‚¬Â and Ã¢â‚¬Å“The Bible and the Environment.Ã¢â‚¬Â He produced a 50-minute video for television entitled Ã¢â‚¬Å“Past, Present & Future of Endangered Species.Ã¢â‚¬Â He is Coordinator of the Science & Religion Group, and the Chairman of the Environmental Task Force of the Solana Beach Presbyterian Church. He and his task force have won the following awards:
Congregational Award from Presbyterians for Restoring Creation;
Energy Star Congregation Award from the US EPA;
EARTH Award 2000, from San Diego EARTH Works.
Daniel W. Martin Award for Engineering as a Christian Vocation, from the Presbyterian Association on Science, Technology, and the Christian Faith.
He co-led the campaign to have the Presbyterian Church adopt a policy Ã¢â‚¬Å“On Preserving Biodiversity and Halting Mass Extinction.Ã¢â‚¬Â The California Pacific Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church has subsequently adopted a similar resolution. He has directed major environmental programs for IBM, GE, JPL, EPA, and the Silicon Valley Manufacturing Group. At the Manufacturing Group, he led an effort to voluntarily reduce toxic environmental releases by 86%. “This reduction led the entire world,” according to William Reilly, former Administrator of the U.S. EPA. His legislative accomplishments include improving the California Clean Air Act, which resulted in savings of several billion dollars.
Dr. English advised President Carter’s Office of Science and Technology Policy, and the Government of Sweden on high-level nuclear waste disposal. At the U.S. EPA, he directed an epidemiological study of 40,000 people to determine the human health effects of air pollutants. He received a Presidential Award for leading the recovery program to fix the F-111 fighter/bomber after the wings fell off the aircraft.
His academic background includes a postdoctoral MS in environmental engineering, a Ph.D. and a MS in electrical engineering, and a BS in physics. He taught environmental courses at Santa Clara University, San Jose State University, the University of North Carolina, West Coast University, and UC Santa Cruz. Dr. English presented a three-day environmental management seminar in Moscow. He was an Assistant Professor in electrical engineering at Carnegie-Mellon University.
Dr. English likes to walk the beach, and is a fledgling sea kayaker. He and his wife Jan live in Carlsbad, California and have four grown children and seven grandchildren.
Thomas M. English is Tom English the computer scientist whom we see here at Uncommon Descent who poses many objections to ID. He is not the same Tom English as the Tom English of IDEA.