Sunny Bains is a scientist, journalist, editor, educator, Editorial Director of the technology news site The Briefing and Managing Director of Form & Content Media Ltd, a company that delivers specialized technical content to technical organizations.
As a writer, her interests have ranged from holographic associative memories and analogue neural networks to nanotech-based sensors and artificial muscles.
At UCL Engineering, she is helping to implement the Integrated Engineering Programme: an ambitious project to change the way engineering is taught – and the kind of graduates UCL produces – by focussing on learning-by-doing activities and by giving students appropriate training to succeed in these exercises.
This site includes a complete list of—and many links to—her articles, papers, and other publications (you can find them from the journalist page).
Sunny Bains was raised in Scotland and moved to London to study physics in 1985. She started the Holographics International magazine and directory while an undergraduate, later selling it 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 became 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, and Science. Bains corresponded from Boston, Edinburgh, and Berkeley (where she also taught technical journalism at the University of California) before returning to London at the end of 1999. She also completed a PhD related to artificial intelligence, her research inspired by many of the scientists she wrote about as a journalist.
After almost 12-years teaching part time at Imperial College London (while doing other things), Sunny has now moved to University College London Faculty of Engineering Science where she finds the institutional values much more in line with her own.