About the Author
Matt Young is Adjunct Professor in the Department of Physics and the Division of Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado, and was formerly Physicist with the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Boulder, Colorado. While with NIST, he earned the Department of Commerce Gold and Silver Medals for his work in optical fiber communications and was named Fellow of the Optical Society of America. His previous positions include Assistant Professor of Physics at the University of Waterloo, Assistant Professor of Electrophysics and Electronic Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Associate Professor of Natural Science at Verrazzano College, and Visiting Scientist at the Weizmann Institute of Science. Professor Young is a member of the Optical Society of America, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Federation of American Scientists, the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal, and the Rocky Mountain Skeptics. He is the author or co-author of roughly 100 publications and was twice Guest Editor of the prestigious Conference on Precision Electromagnetic Measurements. He is the author of Optics and Lasers, including Fibers and Optical Waveguides (fifth edition, 2000) and The Technical Writer's Handbook: Writing with Style and Clarity (1989); both books have appeared in foreign translations and are still in print.Finally, Professor Young is a former Trustee of Congregation Har HaShem, a Reform synagogue in Boulder, Colorado, and of the Hillel Council of Colorado, a Jewish campus organization.The author's home page is www.mines.edu/~mmyoung.