Kate Greene is a San Francisco-based science and technology journalist. Her work has appeared in Discover magazine, The Economist, U.S. News & World Report, Popular Mechanics, and Technology Review, among others. She covers topics that range from user-interface design and nanotube transistors to open-heart surgery and human factors in space flight. Her forthcoming book, Reality Mining: Using Big Data to Engineer a Better World, is co-authored with entrepreneur Nathan Eagle and will be published by MIT Press. Kate speaks at technology conferences and in 2011 was a visiting lecturer at Vanderbilt University. As an amateur filmmaker, she has produced short films, two of which screened at the San Francisco 48-hour Film Festival in 2008 and 2009. In 2008, she presented a prototype fiber-optic light pipe at the Bay Area Maker Faire. The light-pipe project was featured on Current TV and in the San Francisco Chronicle. Before she became a writer, Kate earned a B.S. in chemistry and an M.S. in physics, with a focus on mid-infrared lasers and LEDs. Her research has been presented at conferences and published in the Journal of Computational Chemistry and the Journal of Applied Physics. In her free time, Kate plays volleyball, competes in triathlons, and swims in large open bodies of water. She is a native of Kansas where the state motto is ad astra per aspera, “to the stars through difficulty.” You can learn more about Kate at her website, kategreene.net.