UCL Department of Biochemical Engineering

Dr Sunny Bains

Dr Sunny Bains

Principal Teaching Fellow

Dept of Biochemical Engineering

Faculty of Engineering Science

Joined UCL
9th Sep 2013

Research summary

For full details of Sunny's work and technical interests, please go to her website at http://www.sunnybains.com.


FHEA, Education | 2016
Open University
PhD, Artificial Intelligence | 2005
Boston University
MS, Journalism | 1994
Queen Mary College, University of London
BSc Hons, Physics | 1990


Dr Sunny Bains is a scientist, journalist, editor, and expert in technical communication. At UCL Engineering she has developed a programme to teach technical argument, writing, presentation, and professional skills to undergraduates and postgraduates across the faculty. She is the founder and Editorial Director of Engineering Inspiration <http://uclengins.org>, a website intended to draw young engineering and physical scientists into journals and proceedings via less-specialist articles in the technical and trade press.

For more than two decades, Sunny's main focus was as a tech journalist, writing for magazines including The Economist, Science, New Scientist, EE Times, Laser Focus World, and Wired. At the same time, she was busy launching and editing publications, starting with Holographics International Magazine in the late 80s. While working on staff at SPIE (The International Society for Optics and Photonics) she founded several titles including Optical Computing and Robotics and Machine Perception. With Form & Content Media, her company, and she went on to help create SPIE Newsroom, The Neuromorphic Engineer, SPE Plastics Research Online and The Briefing.

She is currently on the Executive Board of the Association of British Science Writers, the Governance Committee of the National Association of Science Writers, is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and a member of both the British Computer Society (BCS) and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

Sunny is still passionate about the many subjects that she followed for two decades as a scientist and journalist: holography and displays; optical, photonic, and analog computing; machine intelligence; and neuromorphic engineering. She is currently writing a book about technical analysis and communication.