LibertyCon 30: June 30 - July 2, 2017

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LC30 Science Guests

While we will try to keep this accurate, be warned that with the exception of our main guests these guys come on their own dime. Because of that things can come up and plans can change, so it is a bit of a moving target

 

Arlan Andrews

Arlan Andrews

Scientist / Author



Dr. Arlan Andrews, Sr., has been an SF fan since age 10, an SF writer for 35 years, and a retired engineer for 3 years. He is an active futurist, consultant, and SF writer, and the founder of SIGMA, the science fiction think tank. Among his more than 500 publications are recent stories in ANALOG, one of which received a Hugo nomination last year. His several e-books of SF are available for Kindle and Nook. Arlan and Joyce are the proud grandparents of 11 exceptional grandchildren.

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Tom Barclay

Scientist



Discoverer of Kepler 37-B. Bio to follow....

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Jim Beall

Jim Beall

Scientist



Jim Beall (BS-Math, MBA, PE) has been a nuclear engineer for over 40 years, a war gamer for over 50, and an avid reader of science fiction for even longer. His experience in nuclear engineering and power systems began as a naval officer, shortly after surviving one of Admiral Rickover's infamous interviews, aboard USS Long Beach (CGN-9). Civilian experience includes design, construction, inspection, enforcement, and assessment with a nuclear utility, an architect engineering firm, and the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (USNRC)...

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David Bogen

David Bogen

Scientist



David Bogen (BSEE, PE, Corporate Fellow) has been in the electric utility industry for nearly 35 years and has helped implement many changes that analyze, control and monitor the conditions of the electric transmission system. In 1990 David earned his Professional Engineering License in the state of Texas. In 1994 David was picked to be a member of the team that implemented the first Energy Management System for TXU Energy which transmission the utility from using traditional SCADA system to then cutting edge control and analysis applications...

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Tim Bolgeo

Tim Bolgeo

Fan / Scientist



Richard Timothy 'Uncle Timmy' Bolgeo is the Chairman of LibertyCon Emeritus and an admitted (by everyone else, denied by him) Secret Master of Fandom (SMoF). A retired electrical engineer by profession with over 30 years with theTennessee Valley Authority (TVA), Uncle Timmy has been a permanent fixture in fandom since 1976. Fandom is a way of life in the Bolgeo clan, and his wife, two children and three grandchildren are no strangers to Southern Fandom. His daughter Brandy, has taken over as Chair of LibertyCon, and the family tradition lives on...

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David L. Burkhead

David L. Burkhead

Scientist / Author



Indianapolis writer David L. Burkhead has recently ventured into self publishing with the electronic releases of his novel "Survival Test" and novelettes "Live to Tell", "EMT", and others. He has previously published stories in various markets. He is a physicist working in Atomic Force Microscopy and surface science



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Dr. Ben Davis

Dr. Ben Davis

Scientist



Ben Davis has a Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics and an M.S. in Nuclear Astrophysics from the University of Notre Dame. He taught at the college level for several years on a number of technical subjects ranging from computer programming and math to, of course, astronomy and physics. In the late nineties, he took up a career in software and industrial controls engineering (robot programming and electronics are fun as they seem). As a lifelong fan of science fiction, his main avocations now involve history, futurism and skepticism...

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Stephen Fleming

Stephen Fleming

Scientist



At various times, Stephen Fleming has been paid to be an optical physicist, laser fabricator, software developer, field engineer, product manager, corporate trainer, marketing executive, salesman, general manager, entrepreneur, author, venture capitalist, board member, investment banker, consultant, angel investor, public speaker, adjunct university faculty, commercial landlord, academic bureaucrat, and economic developer. As a venture capitalist, Stephen has over 15 years of private equity experience at the General Partner level...

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Daniel M. Hoyt

Daniel M. Hoyt

Scientist / Author



Daniel M. Hoyt is a systems architect for rocket trajectory software, when not writing or wrangling royalty calculations for indie presses. Since his first sale to Analog, Dan has appeared in other magazines and anthologies, notably Witch Way to the Mall, Strip Mauled, and Fangs for the Mammaries (Baen), and Mike Brotherton’s groundbreaking Diamonds in the Sky. Dan has also edited a couple DAW anthologies, Fate Fantastic and Better Off Undead. His debut space opera, Ninth Euclid’s Prince, launched in 2015; sequels are underway. Catch up with him at http://www.danielmhoyt.com

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Paula S. Jordan

Paula S. Jordan

Scientist / Author



Paula S. Jordan, a poet, occasional blogger, actress, and former orbit analyst for NASA and NOAA, where she supported 30+ science missions, including the lunar-orbiting Clementine mission that first detected water on the moon. More recently, she has authored three Analog stories, including Vooorh, a novelette, Jul/Aug 2014. She is now at work on her first novel, set in the present-day North Carolina Mountains. In it, a resourceful small-town group of friends joins forces with a centuries-old alien-watch group to defend both humans and friendly aliens from a deadly anti-human faction of the alien species...

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Darin Kennedy

Darin Kennedy

Scientist / Author



Darin Kennedy, born and raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is a graduate of Wake Forest University and Bowman Gray School of Medicine. After completing family medicine residency in the mountains of Virginia, he served eight years as a United States Army physician and wrote his first novel in 2003 in the sands of northern Iraq. His debut novel, a paranormal thriller titled The Mussorgsky Riddle, was born from a fusion of two of his lifelong loves: classical music and world mythology. The sequel, The Stravinsky Intrigue, is due out in late 2016 and continues the journey through myth, music, and madness...

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Robert Kennedy

Robert Kennedy

Scientist



Robert is a senior systems engineer at Tetra Tech (2007-present), where he does green energy policy and business development at the local, state, and regional and national levels. Educated in the classics and foreign languages since boyhood (Latin, Greek, Arabic, and Russian), he studied mechanical engineering at California Polytechnic (Pomona, B.S. 1986), with emphases in robotics, machine design, optical physics, and Soviet studies; as well as earning a masters in national security studies (San Bernardino, Special M...

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Mark Paulk

Mark Paulk

Fan / Scientist



Dr. Mark Paulk teaches software engineering at the University of Texas at Dallas and is a consultant and author in software engineering, software process improvement, high maturity practices, agile methods, and statistical thinking. Dr. Paulk was a Senior Systems Scientist at the Institute for Software Research at Carnegie Mellon University from 2002 to 2012. From 1987 to 2002, Dr. Paulk was with the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon, where he led the work on the Capability Maturity Model for Software...

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Elisa Quintana

Elisa Quintana

Scientist



Dr. Elisa Quintana is a Research Scientist with the SETI Institute and NASA Ames Research Center where she works on the Kepler Mission to help search for and characterize extrasolar planets. Most recently, she led a team of astronomers to confirm Kepler-186f, the first Earth-sized planet found to orbit within the habitable zone of another star. Her research also includes creating computer models to study the formation, dynamical stability and habitability of rocky planets within and beyond our solar system...

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Tedd Roberts

Tedd Roberts

Scientist / Author



Robert E. Hampson, Ph.D. a neuroscience researcher whose interest in public education and brain awareness has led him to write science fact and fiction with the goal of accurate, yet enjoyable brain science. For more than 35 years, he has taught and studied the physiology and pharmacology of memory, researched the effects of substance abuse on the brain, has worked toward the development of a "neural prosthetic" for restoring human memory function, and has published more than 150 professional research articles on memory and drug abuse...

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Ken Roy

Ken Roy

Fan / Scientist



Ken Roy is an engineer who lives and works amid the relics of the Manhattan Project in Oak Ridge. He has published technology speculation pieces in such venues as the Journal for the British Planetary Society, and the United States Naval Institute Proceedings. His current interests include terraforming and geoengineering.

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Jay Roye

Jay Roye

Fan / Scientist



Jay Roye is a third generation native Texan (a COWBOYS fan - in spite of Jerry Jones!) and owner of a global consulting firm providing consulting on Real Time Drilling Control Centers and systems to oil companies around the world. Jay has over 35 years experience in the Oil & Gas business, onshore, offshore (and space!) and some 16+ countries. Jay designed and managed the BP's Gulf of Mexico Real Time Drilling Operations Center for five years, until his departure from BP in late February 2010...

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Hans G. Schantz

Hans G. Schantz

Scientist / Author



A theoretical physicist by training, Hans G. Schantz discovered how bound or reactive electromagnetic energy becomes radiation and vice versa. He parlayed his scientific expertise into a career as an inventor with more than 40 patents, and he co-founded Q-Track Corporation where he serves as CTO designing and selling indoor location systems that rely on low-frequency near-field wireless technology. He is the author of The Art and Science of Ultrawideband Antennas, and the science fiction techno-thriller, The Hidden Truth. Hans lives in Huntsville, Alabama with his wife, and two sets of twins.

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Gary Shelton

Gary Shelton

Fan / Scientist



Agronomy Degree from Auburn University. Worked at the USDA-Agricultural research service as an Agronomist since 1990. Edits a yearly report that includes Soybean research from the Southern States. Currently working on genetic modifications of Soybeans in the Crop genetics Research Unit Stoneville, MS.

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Cathe Smith

Cathe Smith

Fan / Scientist



Cathe Smith has always been interested in insects. As an entomology undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she worked as a crop scout in an integrated pest management lab that worked with potatoes, cabbage, and mint. That experience led her to pick up a second Bachelor of Science in agronomy. She also had a paid internship with a butterfly lab where she was trained as a lab tech in molecular genetic work, preparing her for her later job in an insect molecular genetics lab for the U...

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Bill Thomasson

Bill Thomasson

Scientist



Bill Thomasson helps biomedical researchers write their journal articles and grant applications, but that doesn’t begin to capture his broad interest in all aspects of science and what the future may bring. What technologies are going to drive the next 40-year long-wave economic cycle? What social and political changes will that bring? Is an interstellar government conceivable in a slower-than-light universe? He has been reading SF since the first appearance of Rocket Ship Galileo but didn’t discover cons until 1980...

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Philip Wohlrab

Philip Wohlrab

Scientist



Philip Wohlrab is a serving medic in the Virginia Army National Guard, he earned the title Doc the hard way while on his two tours in Iraq serving as a line medic embedded in infantry companies then returned home to pursue his interests in disease prevention. He is a recent graduate with his Masters of Public Health from Liberty University. He currently serves as an instructor in combat medicine, basic lifesaving skills, advanced lifesaving skills (military), and is the NCOIC of the Field Sanitation program...

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