Brent Roeder

A native Californian, Brent is “temporarily” out of state for school while working on a PhD in Neuroscience. He started his college education with the idea of doing computer science and mathematics, detoured through physics and criminal justice, and eventually ended up with a bachelor’s degree in biomedical sciences and psychology, as well as a master’s degree in Neuroimaging and Informatics. He’s worked as a software engineer and conformance standards specialist, an accountant, tutor for those with special needs, audio engineer, and a stage hand among other odd jobs. He has regularly been described as an endless font of useless trivia.

He’s been a science fiction fan since being introduced to it at six by his mother and has continued reading since. He has helped contribute to multiple scripts and films from world building and plot development to science advising. In his munificent spare time as a graduate student (haha!) he spends most of his free time reading and writing snippets that he swears one day he will get back to trying to finish.

 

Tedd Roberts

Tedd RobertsDr. Tedd Roberts (pseudonym of Robert E. Hampson, Ph.D.) is THE (brain) scientist behind the science fiction for more than a dozen writers. He has assisted in the (fictional) creation of future medicine, brain computer interfaces, unusual diseases, alien intelligence, novel brain diseases (and the medical nanites to cure them), exotic toxins, and brain effects of a zombie virus. His science writing ranges from the mysteries of the brain to surviving the Apocalypse, from prosthetics to TV and movie diseases, and from the fictional depiction of real science to living in space. His recent forays into short fiction include Science Fiction by Scientists (Springer), Riding the Red Horse (Castalia) and Black Tide Rising (Baen).

Dr. Hampson is a Professor of Physiology and Pharmacology with over 35 years of experience in animal and human neuroscience. His professional work includes more than 100 peer-reviewed research articles ranging from the pharmacology of memory to the effects of radiation on the brain. He is also leading the clinical testing efforts for a “neural prosthetic” to restore human memory following damage due to aging, injury or disease (publication forthcoming, Spring 2017).

With more than two million words in scientific writing alone, communicating science just for fellow scientists was not enough. As Dr. Roberts or Dr. Hampson, his public talks on science, science fiction (and the science in science fiction) are available to professors, students and civic groups as well as SF/F conventions. He is available as a subject matter expert via the Science and Entertainment Exchange—a service of the National Academy of Sciences.

 

Professor Sparks AKA John “Grizzy” Grzywacz

Professor SparksGrizzy, as he likes to be called, has been recognized by OSHA’s National Office in Washington D.C. as both a National Electrical Code (NEC®) historian as well as “the best electrical safety trainer in the country!” Certainly, at the very least, Grizzy has been OSHA’s electrical safety “go-to guy” and has been instrumental in shaping and interpreting OSHA policy and regulations for several decades.

Grizzy has trained OSHA compliance officers, appeared as OSHA’s electrical expert, and guided literally hundreds and hundreds of electrical fatality investigations. Grizzy continues to train OSHA compliance officers and personnel coast to coast, as well as still providing investigative assistance to the Agency on fatality investigations and significant cases.

Licensed by the Department of Education, and prior to his OSHA career, Grizzy had been both an educator and administrator for various public and private schools and held the position of Electronic Department Chairman and Director of Education at a New York City proprietary school.

In addition to being a professional speaker and nationally recognized seminar leader with over 40,000 hours of platform experience, Grizzy has lectured at numerous colleges and universities all across the US and has numerous published works in video and print which have assisted safety professionals and helped workers for decades.

Recognized nationally as preeminent in regulatory electrical safety training, Grizzy conducts training all across the country providing insight into navigating the complex regulatory requirements.

Recently Grizzy has been presenting unique and spectacular high voltage keynote presentations at conventions, demonstrating some of the rare and unique electrical artifacts and high voltage apparatus which he has been collecting for decades.

 

Dr. Ben Davis

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 collegiate 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 as fun as they seem). As a lifelong fan of science fiction, his main avocations now involve history, futurism, and skepticism. When not traveling with his wife, playing with his dogs, climbing rocks, or attending cons, he spends his spare time pondering general relativity, the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, and the effects of antimatter on the dark matter/dark energy problem. Sometimes, he hunts for true psychics, ghosts, and other paranormal phenomenon to no avail.

Jack Clemons

Jack ClemonsJack Clemons is both an SF writer and a “rocket scientist”. He has published a number of science fiction stories and is an active member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. He has a Master’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering and was an engineer and team leader on NASA’s Apollo program and space shuttle program.

Jack gives talks across the Mid-Atlantic region, including RavenCon, Balticon, Baltimore Book Festival, and at NASA Goddard’s Spaceflight Center, on the Apollo moon program, on the design and first flights of the NASA space shuttle, and on the untold stories behind each of the American flags left on the Moon by the Apollo astronauts. He appeared in the “Command Module” segment of Moon Machines, the Discovery Science Channel’s award-winning six-part documentary about the Apollo program. He writes a space and science blog for Amazing Stories Magazine online.

His non-fiction book, Safely to Earth, recounting his time on NASA’s Apollo and space shuttle programs, will be published by University Press of Florida later this year.