Science/Technology

Weilert, Benjamin

Birth City: 
Fort Collins
Birth State: 
CO
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Missile Defense - Civil Service
Biography: 

14er Climber, Rocket Scientist, Published Novelist, Movie Connoisseur, and Amateur Photographer, Benjamin M. Weilert was born in Colorado in 1985.

While he went to school for Mechanical Engineering (eventually earning a Master’s Degree), he has found science to be interesting enough to write fiction about it. He likes to classify his novels as “science fantasy,” wherein the science is real and (semi) accurate, but portrayed in a fantasy setting to make it accessible to non scientific readers. If you want stories that are surreptitiously educational, he’s your man.

He currently lives in Colorado Springs and his most recent book is Fourteener Father, a memoir of climbing all of Colorado's 14,000-foot mountains with his dad.

Education/Training: 
"Creative Fiction Writing" course at the Colorado School of Mines
Organizations: 
The Midnight Writers - National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), municipal liaison for the Colorado Springs region
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Self-publishing (writing, editing, formatting, cover design, etc.) - National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) - Submitting to short story anthologies

Cox, Jodi

Cox, Jodi
Birth City: 
Union City
Birth State: 
IN
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Author - Illustrator - Graphic Designer
Biography: 

Jodi Cox is an American dieselpunk author born on April 10, 1979 in Union City, Indiana. She graduated from Simon Kenton High School in 1997. Later she went on to graduate with a BFA from the College of Mount Saint Joseph, now known as the University of Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati, Ohio.

After college, Jodi started writing for Citybeat magazine. Later she went on to become a pioneer in internet graphics and website development. After spending nearly ten years writing for everything from tax websites to poetry, Jodi began developing the world of the Nether After, unbeknownst to her that steampunk and dieselpunk was turning into a literary genre.

Jodi enjoys all things speculative fiction, but has a pension for the weird and unusual. She describes herself as a comic book snob. She is often found with a stack of Japanese and American graphic novels in one hand and a cup of coffee in the other. She enjoys drawing and painting, as well as writing. Her hours not spent on writing are devoted to geeking out over new computer hardware, or the latest video games. She loves ripping into electronics to see how they work, as well as cooking and developing new recipes.

As a writer Jodi has been writing steampunk, dieselpunk, and fantasy of all types. She has even dipped her toe into science fiction.

Education/Training: 
BFA, Mt. St. Joseph University
Organizations: 
Pikes Peak Writers - Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers - Tesla Writers
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Dieselpunk - Steampunk - Self publishing - Book layout and design - Web comics - High fantasy world building - Fantasy & pop culture tropes and how not to use them - Minority heroes - Ghost stories for kids - Comics in the new digital age - Comics in the classroom - Pop culture fandom

Temkin, Bruce

Birth Year (-Died Year): 
1940
Birth City: 
New York City
Birth State: 
NY
Current Location: 
Monument, CO
Occupation(s): 
Engineer - Writer
Biography: 

Mr. Temkin worked in the design of satellites, rockets, missiles, and aircraft from 1962 to 2007. After retirement, he was a Fellow at the Western Museum of Mining and Industry for over three years where he wrote and lectured upon the history of technology.

Education/Training: 
Schooled at Carnegie Mellon University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, and numerous post-graduate schools sponsored by The Army Electronics Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories, and the Illinois Institute of Technology.
Organizations: 
Member of the Royal Institute of Great Britain - Follow emeritus of the Western Museum of Mining & Industry
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
The history of technology
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Scott, William

Scott, William
Birth Year (-Died Year): 
1946
Birth City: 
Flagler
Birth State: 
CO
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Author - retired Rocky Mountain Bureau Chief, Aviation Week & Space Technology magazine
Biography: 

William B. Scott is the author of four books—three novels and a work of nonfiction about the B-2 stealth bomber. A flight test engineer graduate of the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School, he retired as the Rocky Mountain Bureau Chief for Aviation Week & Space Technology, following a 22-year career with the international magazine. He pioneered the “Fiction as a Legal Weapon” class of techno-thrillers, a premise established in The Permit, a novel based on his eldest son's murder. His newest co-authored nonfiction book, License to Kill: The Murder of Erik Scott, is set to release in 2017. Learn more about William and his work on his website, www.williambscott.com.

Awards/Honors: 
Royal Aeronautical Society: Aerospace Journalist of the Year - Best Airshow Submission (Paris 2007)
Royal Aeronautical Society: Aerospace Journalist of the Year - Best Airshow Submission (co-winner)(London, 2006)
14 awards from McGraw-Hill, National Business Journalism (co-winner Jesse H. Neal Award), the former Aviation/Space Writers Association, and Aviation Week Group
Education/Training: 
Graduate, U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School, 1975 - Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, California State University at Sacramento, 1972 - AAS Electronics Technology, Southern Colorado State College (now CSU-Pueblo), 1967 - Commercial pilot with instrument, single/multi engine ratings
Organizations: 
International Thriller Writers - Air Force Association - Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
"Fiction as a Legal Weapon: Shaping the Perception Battlefield" (The power of fiction/entertainment to educate citizens and expose corruption - "Outlaw Cops: America's Most Dangerous Domestic Terrorists?" - Pyroterrorism ("Fire Wars"): the threats of terrorist ignited wildfires throughout the West - Military space operations and vulnerabilities - Military Aviation - "RPM - Flying Tales" - Flight Testing

Arangno, Lorraine

Birth State: 
NY
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
On faculty of the Department of Philosophy, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
Biography: 

After receiving degrees in Philosophy, Biology, and Psychology at Mercer University, Dr. Arangno received an MA at the University of Georgia, and her PhD, at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She served on the Medical Ethics Committee at Rose Medical Center, Denver, CO, and the St. Francis Ethics Committee in Colorado Springs, CO. She also served on the Chancellor's Advisory Committee at UCCS, and now serves as a member of the Student Retention Program.

Current interests and research include: the ethical standing of foster care children; the humane treatment of animals destined for slaughterhouses; the concept of personhood in non-human animals;
and the philosophical principles involved in the "Freedom to Roam" initiative.

Education/Training: 
PhD, University of Colorado at Boulder - MA, University of Georgia - Bachelor of Arts degrees, Mercer University
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Ethics - Animal welfare - Medical ethics - Classical philosophers
Local Authors Genres: 

Knepell, Peter

Knepell, Peter
Birth City: 
New York City
Birth State: 
NY
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs
Occupation(s): 
Consultant
Biography: 

I am currently a consultant and coach with industry for quality improvement strategies. I taught mathematics at the United States Air Force Academy for 10 years.

Education/Training: 
PhD, Operations Research, Cornell University, 1979 - Bachelors of Science in Mathematics, USAF Academy, 1967
Organizations: 
American Society for Quality
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Quality improvement strategies for ANY business or organization (e.g., hospital systems, medical device and pharmaceutical manufacturers, software development, etc.)
Local Authors Genres: 
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