When Dave and Alice Mount think of the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources (E-IPER), they think of people.
This is not true merely because they met when Dave’s E-IPER curriculum landed him in class with Alice, then a graduate student in engineering, or because they remain close to faculty and many of their fellow students from that period. It’s also about their aspirations for current and future E-IPER students.
“E-IPER helped me build a foundation in the sciences that informs my work, enabling my engagement across a wide range of technologies and industries,” says Dave Mount, MS ’08, MBA ’08, a partner in the Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers Green Growth Fund. As a regular guest lecturer on campus, he is pleased to see current students building on their own E-IPER experiences and contributing to new solutions for sustainability.
Sustainability is also a personal and professional interest for Alice, who holds Stanford master’s degrees in both civil and environmental engineering and aeronautics and astronautics. She saw firsthand the impact of environmental change on vulnerable communities in her hometown of New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina and when she worked on reconstructions in Southeast Asia after the Indian Ocean tsunami.
Dave and Alice Mount were among the first to take advantage of the recently established Emmett Matching Program, which doubles eligible gifts and five-year pledges of $10,000 or more for E-IPER’s highest priority needs. They believe that providing opportunities for current E-IPER students is an investment in a sustainable future for people around the world.
“When you connect students from business, law, and medicine to each other, and then to the broader Stanford Earth and university communities,” says Dave, “exciting things are going to happen.”