Welcome to the Evolving Man Project’s ‘Evolved Man of the Week’ profiles. Each week we will highlight an individual that embodies what it means to be an evolved man, famous and non-famous men alike. The world needs to know their stories and deeds. This week’s honor goes to the professor, engineer, scientists, community advocate, and Texas native, Dr. Christian V. Braneon.
Dr. Christian V. Braneon serves as the Chief Technology Officer at Hummingbird where he provides technical expertise with a specialty in water and green infrastructure. He uses his broad background to assist with plain language translation of technical documents and for the development of strategic communications in the architecture, engineering, and construction industries.
He served as faculty at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) where he was the Assistant Director of the Center for Serve-Learn-Sustain (CSLS). As Assistant Director of CSLS, Christian developed and oversaw the process of incorporating service learning and community engagement into courses and co-curricular programs across campus, and established systems for partnering with nonprofit, industry, and government organizations in ways that are mutually beneficial for partners and the Georgia Tech community.
Before joining Georgia Tech, he worked at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4’s Office of Environmental Justice and Sustainability. During his time at the EPA, Christian served as Co-Director of the EPA’s inaugural Environmental Justice Academy for community leaders and also led regional community engagement efforts associated with the Clean Power Plan in four states. Before joining EPA, he worked as an engineering consultant specializing in water resources engineering, climate change assessments, and sustainability.
Christian as consults with NASA at the Goddard Space Flight Center as the Remote Sensing Specialist. Also serves as a professor at Bernard College in New York City where he teaches courses on urban design and green infrastructure. Christian earned his BS, MS, and Ph.D. degrees in Civil Engineering from Georgia Tech, respectively. Christian also received a BS in Applied Physics from Morehouse College. Here is Christian in his own words about building relationships between universities and the communities they serve:
“True community-university partnerships rely on a commitment to one another that extends beyond the last day of class. Community challenges and concerns are as important (in planning, implementation, and evaluation) as student learning and development. Taking the time to develop communication channels and common agendas with new partners requires a change in behavior and an upfront investment of time. However, as time goes by you reap the benefits of long-term relationships that are built on mutual trust and respect.”
We hope that Christain continues to educate, and inspire while lifting the voices of overlooked communities. He’s on a mission to tackle the 21st century’s biggest technical challenges. Today we honor Christian V. Braneon as our Evolved Man of the Week.