Science Guest of Honor: Dr. Arlan Andrews
Arlan Andrews, Sr., DSc, PE is the founder of SIGMA, a think tank of science fiction authors, and is a Registered Professional Engineer and professional member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA). While working at the White House Science Office in 1992, he observed a lack of imagination on the part of government technologists and forecasters, and so set up SIGMA to provide the practical futurism of science fiction writers for vital national needs.
A former ASME White House Fellow in OSTP (White House Science Office), Arlan later retired from Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico, as Manager of the Advanced Manufacturing Initiatives Department. He then cofounded several high-tech companies, including Muse Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: MUZE, 1998 – 2001), and Kinetic Biosystems, Inc., now located in Durham, North Carolina. He previously held positions at AT&T Bell Labs and White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, and is presently an Environmental Program Manager for the U.S. Navy at Corpus Christi, Texas. He has published over 400 fiction stories, fact articles, computer books and opinion pieces in 90 venues worldwide, including the first White House endorsement of nanotechnology in 1993. He holds six patents.