Dr Sunny Bains (Senior Teaching Fellow)
Dr Sunny Bains is a scientist, journalist, editor, educator, Editorial Director of the technology news site Engineering Inspiration (ENGins) and founder and Managing Director of Form & Content Media Ltd, a company that delivers specialized technical content to technical organisations.
Sunny Bains grew up in Scotland and moved to London to study physics in 1985. She started the Holographics International magazine and directory while an undergraduate, later selling the title to SPIE—the International Society for Optical Engineering—when she graduated from Queen Mary College. She remained at SPIE until hired as news editor at Laser Focus World (LFW), then did an MS in journalism at Boston University and went freelance.
Over the next few years she continued to work for LFW and SPIE, as well as magazines including The Economist, Electronic Engineering Times, New Scientist, Science, and Wired. Bains corresponded from Boston, Edinburgh, and the San Francisco Bay area (where she also taught technical journalism at the University of California at Berkeley) before returning to London at the end of 1999.
After almost 12-years teaching part time at Imperial College London (while keeping up her freelance practice and starting her company), Sunny moved to University College London to work on the Integrated Engineering Programme, which she now does through the UCL Department of Biochemical Engineering.
As a writer, Sunny's interests have ranged from holographic associative memories and analogue neural networks to nanotech-based sensors and artificial muscles. A particular theme of her work had been emerging technologies for artificial intelligence, so in 1997 she started a PhD on the subject. Her thesis, Physical Computation and Embodied Artificial Intelligence, was inspired by many of the scientists she wrote about as a journalist, and her work involved analyzing and bringing together various disparate fields and approaches to the subject.
You can find a full list of her publications here.
ATQ04 - Recognised by the HEA as a Senior Fellow
Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy
Doctor of Philosophy
Master of Science
Bachelor of Science
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