Hello, I’m S.B.K. Burns, RWA award winning author of the LEGENDS OF THE GOLDENS SERIES of mostly new adult and mixed genre sci-fi/light urban fantasy novels. [Link to Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/S.-B.-K.-Burns/e/B00GFWV5PQ/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0]
I was an avid reader of science fiction in my youth which encouraged me to solve some of the scientific mysteries out there. At present, I’ve retired from engineering, write science fiction, and consider myself a scientific generalist with the following qualifications:
My background in science education encompases a Bachelor of Arts in the Natural Sciences (a major in biology and a minor in math), two advanced degrees in engineering (Master of Science in Engineering Science and Mechanics/specialty: biomedical engineering (Georgia Tech), a Master of Engineering in Thermo-Fluids (University of Delaware)) and a year of oceanography at Texas A&M University.
My teaching credentials include a Pennsylvania Dept of Education Master’s Equivalency in Secondary Science Education (life sciences, earth and space, and physics) and I taught thermodynamics and Materials Science at the college level.
I worked as a biological oceanographer for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in a shellfish bacteriological lab, in University of Pennsylvania’s Morris Arboretum, in an aerospace materials forensics lab for General Dynamics, and in crop irrigation design in California.
I am the recipient of creativity awards in education from the PA State Dept. of Education, and in research, receiving a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship that resulted in my peer-reviewed science journal article about a 2-D analog of the expansion of the universe (cited by researchers around the world).
My volunteer work included bird banding and insect identification for a natural history museum, various positions (sponsoring, judging, and board of directors) with the Science & Engineering Fairs, and with the Tarrant County (TX) Mental Health Department, helping mentally challenged folks get on their feet.
I use what I’m still learning from my expanding-droplet universe to shape my own philosophy of science (You can explore these ideas (other categories on this website) to get a better feel for my research, or go into the Human-Centered category to pick up ideas about paranormal and supernatural phenomena).
Developing ideas that emerge from my research (and my various courses and experiences in psychology) have prepared me to look into the mysterious workings of consciousness, life, and death.
From time to time, I’ll pick up any number of scientific Twitter feeds and display them along with my own ideas as to how they might help other science and sci-fi writers with their world building. [Follow on Twitter at @snrubnasus or my SBKB List: https://twitter.com/snrubnasus/lists/sbkb]
Also, FREE, one-on-one help with your science fact, science fiction, and sci-fi romance works in progress. Contact me (Susan/S.B.K. Burns) through my business email address: TheAgeOfVicarious@yahoo.com