home page: http://www.davidappell.com
journalist with broad technical and scientific knowledge. Experience as
engineer, computer programmer, and scientist. Writing ability to
technical topics to experts and nonexperts alike. Education in physics,
mathematics, and creative writing.
3/98 to present
Freelance writer and journalist
- Write news and
feature articles on science, technology, and other topics for a variety
of periodicals. Have written for Scientific American,
Audubon, New Scientist, Physics World, Discovery Channel Online,
Science, Popular Science, The Industrial Physicist, Gale
Research science and technology encylopedias, and many other
publications. See list
- Regular Contributor to the Yale Forum on Climate Change and the Media.
- One of the first science bloggers. I began blogging on December 29, 2001; my first page is archived here. In March 2003 I transitioned to my own domain, and the Wayback Machine contains other posts that appeared there. Since May 2006 I've been at davidappell.blogspot.com .
PENNWELL PUBLISHING CO., Nashua, NH
Assistant Editor, Technology, Laser Focus World
- Wrote news
articles and feature length articles to deadline for laser and
electro-optics trade magazine and its associated newsletter, Laser
Report. Specialization in lasers, space science, and fiber
- Solicited and
edited feature-length articles for the magazine.
conferences and survey journals and papers to keep industry audience
abreast of technology and scientific developments and trends.
technologies to be listed in New Products section.
Freelance writer and journalist
- Generated story
ideas, queried editors, wrote news and feature articles to deadline,
and worked with editors on revisions.
- Published in The
Industrial Physicist, The Appalachian Trailway News, Poets &
Writers, Backpacker, Internet World, The Phoenix Gazette, The Arizona
Republic and other magazines, newspapers and literary
journals. See list of publications
- Correspondent for
weekly town newspaper, The Williston Whistle,
- Associate Editor, Hayden’s
Ferry Review, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.
Academic and Administrative Documents, Arizona State University, Tempe,
MCI COMMUNICATIONS CORP., Colorado Springs, CO
- Led systems
engineering and coordinated systems development for Advantage 800,
MCI's North American 800 service developed in alliance with Bell
- Managed design of
service architecture, obtained development commitments, and planned
coordination of network enhancements.
GOLD SYSTEMS, INC., Boulder, CO
- Involved in all
aspects of a start-up telecommunications software company, including
business development, product development and project management.
- Project Manager
and Lead Developer for a PC-based Voice Mail system. Designed service
architecture, wrote software, and planned and executed system
installation at Fayetteville Hospital, Fayetteville, Arkansas.
AT&T BELL LABS
Project Manager, Business Communications Services, Bedminster, NJ
AT&T's Software Defined Network (SDN) Network Remote Access
(NRA) service, a $200M revenue/yr. calling card service.
- Led large teams
(5-40 people) of systems engineers, system managers, software
developers, product managers and field technicians to develop new
services, feature enhancements, and fraud control systems.
- Reduced fraud
losses by about one million dollars a month while service grew by
Systems Engineer, Bell Labs, Holmdel, NJ
engineering of support systems, processes and operations for
AT&T's Software Defined Network (SDN) provisioning and
- Wrote service
plans to improve performance of AT&T work centers.
State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook, Stony
Research and Teaching Assistant, Department of Physics
- Performed research
in cosmology and elementary particle physics while completing a Ph.D.
in physics. Research was highly analytical and involved mathematical
analysis followed by extensive numerical analysis and scientific
programming (in UNIX/FORTRAN) of detailed calculations in quark-gluon
interactions via quantum chromodynamics.
- 3½ years teaching
undergraduate physics courses.
- Ph.D. in Physics,
State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook. Thesis
research consisted of computational analysis of high-energy subnuclear
structure. (Graduate advisor: George
- M.A. in Physics,
State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook.
- B.S. in Physics
and Mathematics, University of New Mexico.
- Graduate Program
in Creative Writing (15 hours completed), Arizona State University.
- Ocean Sciences Journalism Fellowship, Woods Hole
Oceanographic Institute, September 2012.
- NCAR Science Journalism Fellowship, National Center for Atmospheric Research, July 2014.