Dr. Murray has held the position of Associate Professor, Integrated Engineering, at Southern Utah University since 2007. After receiving his Ph.D. in Bioengineering and Electrical Engineering from Clemson University, Dr. Murray headed west to California, where he worked on the architecture of the 8086 microprocessor chip at Intel, the silicon chip that became the heart of the IBM PC. He also worked for Digital Equipment Corporation, Hewlett-Packard, NCR, and Apple Computer as a computer architect and consultant. He has taught engineering at Texas A&M University, the University of Colorado, Oregon State University, and physics at the University of the South Pacific (Fiji). In 1996 he participated in the startup of Florida Gulf Coast University and founded the computer science program in the College of Arts and Sciences. The college’s unique emphasis on interdisciplinary teaching and learning allowed Dr. Murray to teach graduate and undergraduate courses and perform research in computer science, ecological modeling, energy analysis of natural systems and the biology of the Southwest Florida environment.
In 2000, he lead a 6-week, 6000-mile FGCU summer program entitled, "Across the Divide: An Expedition into the American West." Students in this interdisciplinary, experiential leaning program travelled through Colorado, Nebraska, South Dakota, Wyoming and Montana, studying the science, engineering, history, culture, politics, economics, art, media, and literature of the region. The intent of the expedition was to "expand our circle of understanding and action" and "gain an appreciation of the West as an integrated system."
In 2004, he led a Florida Gulf Coast University science team in performing a funded ecological study and hydrologic simulation of Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve, a 9-mile long, 0.5-mile wide cypress swamp located near Fort Myers, Florida, in the Western Everglades. Ecological restoration of the slough is currently underway as a direct result of this research. The work was sponsored by Lee County, Florida. In the process, he also came to know many of the swamp’s alligators, wading birds, and water moccasins on a first-name basis.
In 2006, he became Executive Director of the CREW (Corkscrew Regional Ecosystem Watershed) Land & Water Trust, Estero, Florida, a non-profit, public-private partnership whose mission is to acquire, preserve, and protect the lands and waters of the 60,000-acre wetland watershed and beyond. Environmental education, outreach, public policy development, and scientific research are key elements of the CREW mission. He also performed research that showed that the value of the ecosystem services and natural capital provided by a 360-acre wetland in northern Collier County, Florida near CREW exceeded the market value of the land by a factor of two. Collier County purchased the land and placed it in permanent preservation within CREW as a result.
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