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

September 2004
In its May 2004 issue, Reader’s Digest listed the Cerritos Library as the Best Public Library in the United States, saying, “It is inside that things get really revolutionary … No musty bookshelves … Roving librarians use wireless headsets and handheld computers. A 15,000-gallon aquarium makes the place a bit like Disneyland. READ MORE
September 2004
Los Angeles has two new landmarks, dramatic additions to a town replete with drama. Both are designed by PritzkerPrize-winning architects: Walt Disney Concert Hall by Los Angeles-based Frank O. Gehry and the Cathedral of Our Lady of Angels by Spain’s Jose Rafael Moneo. The new structures flank the town’s cultural center, the Music Center, and both occupy full city blocks. READ MORE
August 2004
The National Park Service (NPS) is in charge of protecting our national parks. It only makes sense, then, that NPS is pushing for environmentally friendly lighting systems in those parks. Green Energy Parks, a joint program of the NPS, the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) and the U.S. READ MORE
July 2004
We’re not at Hollywood levels yet, but the new technology is amazing Anyone see the remake of Ocean’s 11? The cocky, clever thieves tap into the surveillance system of a Vegas casino, replacing the real-time images with prerecorded segments in efforts to pull off a heist. As they enter and grab the dough, security guards see only life as usual on the screen. Possible? READ MORE
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