NEPTUN Biography



JACK EDELMAN, Engineer, off-grid enthusiast, anarchist.




Major: Mechanical engineering

College/Employer: NEU

Year of Graduation: 2020

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

Hi! I'm Jack, a 4th-year mechanical engineering student here at NU. I've always been interested in the idea of living off the grid--solar panels, well water, wood stove, all that jazz--and that's dovetailed nicely with an interest in sustainability and resiliency, and with my green-anarchist politics.

I'm not so naive as to think I can save the world. And I can't save you...but I can arm you.



Past Classes

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Surviving the Slow Apocalpyse: A Wastelander's Guide to a Hot Earth in Splash Spring 2020
What are the next fifty years going to look like? In a nutshell, hot. The bad news: climate change is going to happen. It already is happening, as you're probably aware. It's too late to stop it. So, if we can't prevent it, the question becomes "how do we survive it"? The good news: We can survive it, and we do have enough time to transition to ways of living that are adapted to a post-climate change world. Come and learn how to continue to enjoy things like electric lighting, hot water, a car that runs, and eating food, in a world where climate change has destroyed the global logistics network that used to supply them!


Climate Change and You: Surviving the Slow Apocalypse in Splash Fall 2019
There is no saving the world. We take this as our starting premise: climate change is almost certainly too far gone to do anything about, even if the necessary changes in technology and economy were effected today. And if they weren't, we certainly don't have the time to implement them before the cities are swallowed by the sea, the oil wells run dry, and the fields turn to dust. But that's not to say there's not hope. We can still survive and thrive, even if our civilization can't. Come find out how.


Climate Change and You: Surviving the Slow Apocalypse in Waterfall Fall 18
As of the 8th of October, the IPCC has finally given up and admitted just how screwed we are. After decades of caution and conservative estimation, they have finally been forced to acknowledge that climate change is much further along than we thought. There is no saving the world--but there might be saving ourselves. In this class, we will discuss ways that we as individuals can prepare ourselves to ride out the end of the world in comfort and style.


Climate Change And You: Surviving the Slow Apocalypse in Splash Spring 2018
In all likelihood, climate change will cause the collapse of industrial civilization within our lifetimes. Wouldn't it be better to be prepared? (Yes, yes it would.) Come get that way! The apocalypse is full of possibilities, but the only way to take the fullest advantage of them is to be as ready as you can!


Climate Change And You: Surviving the Slow Apocalypse in Splash Waterfall 2017
In all likelihood, climate change will cause the collapse of industrial civilization within our lifetimes. Wouldn't it be better to be prepared? (Yes, yes it would.) Come get that way! The apocalypse is full of possibilities, but the only way to take the fullest advantage of them is to be as ready as you can!


Well, Technically It Is Rocket Science: A Primer in Spacecraft Design, Part One in Splash Waterfall 2016
Rocket science, as it turns out, isn't terribly difficult. Or at least it won't be, once you're enrolled in this class! This is an entry-level primer to the challenges of spaceflight and the tricks of engineering that have been used to overcome them. In part one, we'll use the Space Race (1957 through 1970) as our guide, following the development of the American and Soviet space programs as examples of how it's done. Then, apply that knowledge to plan a mission of your own!


Well, Technically It Is Rocket Science: A Primer in Spacecraft Design, Part Two in Splash Waterfall 2016
Rocket science, as it turns out, isn't terribly difficult. Or at least it won't be, once you're enrolled in this class! This is an entry-level primer to the challenges of spaceflight and the tricks of engineering that have been used to overcome them. In part two, we'll look at crewed spaceflight from 1970 to the present as our guide, following the development of the American and Soviet space programs as examples of how it's done. Then, apply your knowledge to plan a mission of your own!


How to Build an Interstellar Empire in Splash Spring 2016
From Star Wars to the Foundation, Warhammer 40,000 to Dune, the idea of the Galactic Empire--massive warships hanging low in orbit, space marines storming a planet, merchant ships the size of skyscrapers--looms large in our collective imagination. But how do they work? How do you make one work? How do you exert your will upon the stars and bend the thousand scattered worlds to your will? Take this class to find out.


Surviving the Apocalypse, or How Not to Die Historic on the Fury Road in Splash Waterfall 2015
The year is 2277. After 200 years, the door of Vault 101 has finally swung open. Great! Now what? Thankfully, this class is being taught by an expert in surviving and thriving after the apocalypse. Never fear running out of food or ammo, getting infected by the virus, contracting radiation poisoning, or losing everything you own to a band of psychotic fuel-injected death cultists again!






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