Matthew Stein is an environmentalist, bestselling author, National Merit Scholar, MIT trained engineer, green builder and recipient of the “Straight T Award,” MIT’s highest athletic honor. As an inspiring speaker and visionary thinker, he is dedicated to helping people wake up and unite to shift our collective course from collapse to global renaissance. On the practical side of things, as an expert at self-reliance, emergency prep, and survival, his writings and work help people prepare to weather the storms we are facing due to continuing climate change and ecological decline. Matthew Stein is the author of two bestselling books, When Technology Fails: A Manual for Self-Reliance, Sustainability and Surviving the Long Emergency (Chelsea Green 2008), and When Disaster Strikes: A Comprehensive Guide to Emergency Planning and Crisis Survival (Chelsea Green 2011), plus a delightful new children’s story, Geronimo the Frog (Create Space December 2013). Stein is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where he majored in Mechanical Engineering. As the owner of Stein Design & Construction, he has built hurricane resistant, energy efficient and environmentally friendly homes. The mechanical engineering side of his firm specializes in product design and development. Among other things, Mat has designed consumer water filtration devices, solar PV roofing panels, medical bacterial filters, emergency chemical drench systems, computer disk drives, and portable fiberglass buildings. In recognition of his expertise, Stein has appeared on over a hundred radio and television programs and is a repeat guest on dozens of shows, including Fox News, MSNBC, Gary Null, Coast-to-Coast AM, and the Thom Hartmann Show. He has also written a number of articles on the subject of sustainable living and is a guest columnist for the Huffington Post. Stein has been an active outdoorsman since he was a small child, an extreme skier and rock climber (over a hundred Yosemite Valley ascents including several El Capitan and Half Dome big walls), and volunteers as a guide and cross country ski instructor for the blind. He lives in the High Sierra Mountains near Lake Tahoe, California.