Seattle MESA Director Peter Abe was a MESA student in Mr. Ron Davis’ class at Garfield High School, where he was exposed to a transformative new world. His experiences in the MESA Program led him to The University of California, Berkeley where he earned a degree in Applied Mathematics with an emphasis in Quantum Mechanics. After finishing at Berkeley, he returned to Seattle and in 1999 I was hired as the Seattle MESA Assistant Director, a position that he stayed in for over five years. In 2004, he left MESA to get a Master’s Degree in International Energy and Technology Policy from Johns Hopkins University – SAIS, in Washington, DC.
While in Washington, DC, he worked on issues related to technology and development in Africa, eventually moving to Uganda to open a tech incubator where he provided space and resources for recent graduates from a local university to learn about and work on renewable energy and IT projects.
Now that he is back in Seattle, he’s thrilled to have the opportunity to lead an organization that has meant so much to so many young scientists and engineers, and to make sure that MESA students are prepared to pursue studies in STEM related fields, as they continue to be a part of what makes Seattle such a dynamic city.