Susan M. Casey

Freelance Writer

Susan Casey, author of "Kids Inventing! A Handbook for Young Inventors" and "Women Invent! Two Centuries of Discoveries that have Changed Our World," can be reached at or

Articles by Susan M. Casey

October 2006
CLIFF EDGES THE PORTION OF THE PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY that threads its way along the ocean from Santa Monica to Malibu, Calif. Nestled in a canyon on that cliff sits the Getty Villa, a museum built in 1974 by oil tycoon J. Paul Getty and modeled on the Villa del Papiri, a first-century Roman country house in Herculaneum that was buried when Mt. Vesuvius erupted in A.D. 79. READ MORE
September 2006
Electrical contracting businesses garner maintenance contracts in a variety of ways. Some companies snag them as referrals through existing work. Others are the result of a service call to a customer who has had a system failure due to poor maintenance. Other contracts are a given, as in the case with closed-circuit television (CCTV) and audiovisual (AV) equipment. READ MORE
September 2006
THE ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR IS PART OF A TEAM in retail lighting design. The objective is to get the job completed on time and within budget. Retail stores have one main goal—selling product. A store’s lighting design has become an increasingly important element in accomplishing that objective. READ MORE
July 2006
All construction sites need power in order to be built, and how they get it is what electrical contractors provide,” said Todd Stafford, senior director, National Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee (NJATC). READ MORE
June 2006
A growing fixture in today’s energy-dependent businesses, uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) deliver a continuous stream of electric power, which counteracts the effect of potential shutdowns that may occur through an outage or blackout. Different degrees, or levels, of backup protection exist and can be improved upon, depending on the makeup and execution of your customer’s system. READ MORE
May 2006
An integrated building systems (IBS) approach combines different systems—electrical; security and camera systems; audio/video; heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC); and lighting—over the same networked system. In an IBS format, each system is interdependent; they function together in supplying and gathering information and distributing power. READ MORE
May 2006
“We’ll go out on an emergency call. The call could be after hours on a facility that needs to be up and running,” said Ed Santos, service manager, Morrow Meadows Corp., a company based in the Los Angeles area, whose clients include data centers and banks. “A hundred employees are there, but the facility can’t operate. READ MORE
April 2006
The residential lighting controls market is quickly catching on with contractors, due in part to the increasing inclusion of low-voltage wired control systems in new homes, legislation calling for additional energy savings that can be achieved with control systems, advances in wireless technology and the resulting decrease in control systems’ prices. READ MORE
February 2006
Electrical contractors depend on distributors, not only for access to products, but for service and expertise. “We typically purchase from distributors, and the ones that have the most knowledgeable people make it more efficient for us,” said Frank Miller Sr., project manager, Dynalectric, Los Angeles. “For example, we need to buy a lighting fixture specified for a job. READ MORE