We all know that technology has an impact on our lives; what we don’t always understand is that it also has an impact on our bodies.

Ian Illuminato ‘06 is a health and environment campaigner at Friends of the Earth US. He works on a variety of topics related to nanotechnology and other developing technologies, especially in regards to their environmental consequences.

Nanotechnology is the manipulation of matter on an atomic and molecular scale, a nanometer being one-billionth of a meter. While nanotechnology has been seen as a new frontier in many fields, there is deep concern about the impact these microscopic particles can have on our health and the environment.

Illuminato has been involved in advocating for regulation of nanotech industries, especially the safe and precautionary management of nanotechnologies in cosmetics, sunscreens and many other consumer products already using the technology. He has worked at Friends of the Earth since 2007, and has been a member of the executive committee of Friends of the Earth International, the youngest person to have been elected to this position during its 40-year history.