Dr. Albert Yu-Min Lin is a Research Scientist at the University of California, San Diego and an Emerging Explorer of the National Geographic Society in the field of technology enabled exploration. He is an expert in merging remote exploration with crowdsourced citizen science an emergent collective reasoning.
He has founded and directed numerous programs including the UC San Diego, National Geographic Engineers for Exploration Program, the Exploration Lab, the Distributed Health Labs and the international effort known as the Valley of the Khans Project. Based at the California Institute of Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) at UC San DIego he pushes the limits of field based research.
After completing his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering in 2008, Albert was faced with the same introspective dilemma many face in the midst of life’s crossroads: fit life’s expectations or chase one’s passion. Inspired by the words of a mentor he chose the later. “If we progress forward with technology but forget why we do so, we will inevitably lose what makes us human. Progress should fuel humanity not leave it behind.” From this, he chose to use his degree in engineering to explore the elements of our humanity, to apply technology toward the understanding, preservation and sustainable development of our shared planet.