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

April 2004
Trends in Residential Indoor Lighting ”The big thing about residential lighting is that people are taking it more seriously. They are bringing us in for lighting design to showcase their homes,” said Mike Boso, Residential Superintendent, Doan/Pyramid, a Cleveland, Ohio-area company whose clients’ homes range in size from 2,000 to 50,000 square feet. Is this the norm? READ MORE
October 2003
We had to transpose an entire airport runway in downtown Cleveland into a track for a night race,” said Gary Laidman, vice president of Doan/Pyramid Electric Company, of Bedford Heights, Ohio. “And there was no overhead lighting. How do you illuminate a 2.37-mile, flat track on a runway?” Carefully. READ MORE
September 2003
“It’s not like building a school or a classroom. It’s a vision put on paper. And when you see the theme come to life, you get engrossed in it, feel the whole thing, live it—the design, the purpose and the outcome,” said Andy De La Parte, president, A & A Electric Services Inc. READ MORE
June 2003
It’s been said that opportunities in solar power photovoltaics—abound for electrical contractors. True or false? You be the judge. Thirty-five states provide some type of solar incentive, ranging from sales tax and property tax waivers to investment credits. The solar industry, especially grid-tied installations, is growing at 20 to 30 percent per year. READ MORE
May 2003
“People are becoming more educated about the psychological effects of light,” said Ken Mackenzie, director of marketing, Lightolier. READ MORE
April 2003
In late August 2002, as he walked up to the job site at Le Bec Fin, a Philadelphia establishment that is one of the nation’s finest restaurants, Michael Kahmar, vice president of Kahmar Electric, started slightly when he noticed the sign posted at the front entrance: “Accepting reservations for September 7.” That definitely set the deadline for the 26-day job, he thought as he opened the front do READ MORE
March 2003
On Oct. 31, 2002, a 15-year-old boy was shot in the stomach by another 15-year-old at Lincoln High School in Jersey City, N.J. The next day, another student was attacked blocks from campus. The incidents caused a community outcry, prompting calls for heightened security. READ MORE
October 2002
Though the daily business pages of our nation's newspapers are peppered with headlines such as "Indexes hit new lows for the year," construction spending by the nation's schools experienced a $41.5 billion, or 14 percent increase in 2001, according to American School and University (AS&U) magazine's 28th Annual Official Education Construction Report. READ MORE
August 2002
“California Adventure was 30-40 projects for us, and probably the most challenging project we’ve had at Morrow-Meadows due to the complexity, schedule and the logistics,” said Rob Meadows, executive vice-president, Morrow-Meadows Corporation, a Southern California-based company. READ MORE