About

Our Purpose:

Sierra Economics and Science Foundation was created to bring reason and clarity to the issues facing Nevada County. One of the critical issues that we have identified is a need to  development more science and math students in our schools.

 Our Special Focus:

SESF research has identified a critical need for the promotion of science and engineering education in Nevada County schools.  To encourage more students to seek higher education in science and engineering, SESF has established a merit scholarship program called TechTest.  TechTest is a four-hour college level exam offered annually to all qualifying high school seniors and juniors.  Scholarships are awarded to seniors based on their scores.  The test is administered and graded by the TechTest Academic Committee drawn from the county’s high school science and math teachers.  The tax deductible (501c3) scholarship pool is funded by SESF’s membership and community sponsors.

[ Note: former organization’s name was Sierra Environmental Studies Foundation. To better reflect our education and economic mission the CA Sec of State has approved our name change.]

The Board:

George Rebane, PhD, Director of Research

Mike McDaniel, AAMS, Director of Public Relations

Russ Steele, Lt Col USAF (Ret), Executive Director and Director of Information

Gil Mathew, Director of Economic Research

David Pistone, Director of Education Initiatives

Fred Buhler, Director at Large

The Board Bios are available upon request. Send request to sesfoundation.steele@gmail.com

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