Joe S
Writer #17927
Salida, CO
Joined 3/16/2017
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Joe's writing career began at the University of Tennessee, where he taught freshman English classes while earning his master's degree. After graduation he went to work as a technical writer and soon landed a job with Martin Marietta at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). At ORNL he wrote and edited a variety of documents, including environmental impact statements, research and development reports, energy efficiency studies, environmental cleanup reports, transportation studies and more. Topics included hydroelectric power, nuclear power, waste management (chemical, radioactive and mixed), environmental remediation, plasma technology, chemical weapons, groundwater hydrology, waste characterization (including electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction topography, mass spectrometry, etc.) and many more.

After moving to Colorado in 1998, Joe worked first as general manager of a small telecommunications company then as project manager with an engineering firm. In both positions he wrote all the companies' business documents (e.g., business plans, marketing plans, fact sheets, proposals, reports, website, etc.) In 2003 he began freelancing as a writer, editor and graphic/web designer. Since then, he's written thousands of articles about topics ranging from water law and geothermal energy development to the bands performing at a major music festival. Joe is also contributing editor for an online arts and entertainment magazine.
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Joe S's Science Industry Experience

350 Projects Completed

Within a year of earning his master's degree, Joe went to work as a technical writer/editor at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Tennessee. During the seven years he worked at ORNL, Joe wrote mainly about energy and environmental issues, including nuclear power plants, hydroelectric power generation, geothermal energy, environmental remediation, radioactive waste management, chemical weapons disposal, groundwater hydrology, environmental engineering, technology development, etc. He has continued to write about scientific topics as a freelance writer, including Western U.S. water issues, solar energy development, aquatic ecology and abandoned mine cleanup efforts.

Specialties

Technical Writing: Energy (especially renewable energy resources), Environment, Water, Technology
Business Writing: Business Plans, Marketing Plans, Annual Reports.
Journalism/Photography: Music and the Arts (Features, Profiles, Reviews, Event Coverage); Science; Water Issues; Human Interest; Breaking News.

Interests

Hiking, Backpacking, Snowboarding, Music, Arts, Film, Fly Fishing, Gardening, Food, Spirits.

Education

Texas A&M University

Joe studied electrical engineering for two years before changing his major to English. He minored in German but also acquired sufficient hours for minors in math and history.

University of Tennessee

Joe attended the University of Tennessee as a teaching assistant and taught freshman composition classes while studying English. He earned his master's degree after completing his thesis, entitled "Comedy and Modern Religion: The Process of Paradigm Interaction in 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest'"

Music

350 Projects Completed

Joe wrote a weekly live music column for six years and is currently contributing editor for a regional music magazine. Joe also covered the regional arts and entertainment scene for a small daily newspaper in a Colorado resort town, which included writing feature stories about musicians and festivals as well as articles reviewing albums and performances. Prior to working for the newspaper, Joe wrote about traditional jazz and jazz musicians as webmaster and copy writer for the Evergreen Jazz Festival for twelve years.

Science

350 Projects Completed

Within a year of earning his master's degree, Joe went to work as a technical writer/editor at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Tennessee. During the seven years he worked at ORNL, Joe wrote mainly about energy and environmental issues, including nuclear power plants, hydroelectric power generation, geothermal energy, environmental remediation, radioactive waste management, chemical weapons disposal, groundwater hydrology, environmental engineering, technology development, etc. He has continued to write about scientific topics as a freelance writer, including Western U.S. water issues, solar energy development, aquatic ecology and abandoned mine cleanup efforts.

Agriculture

200 Projects Completed

Raised in a farming community, Joe has a lifelong interest in agriculture and has grown a substantial garden almost every year since graduating from college. In recent years, Joe's agricultural background landed him two significant jobs: general manager of a local food coop and cultivation manager at a licensed cannabis cultivation facility. For both positions, Joe wrote a wide range of documents, including standard operating procedures, white papers, proposals, advertising copy, web content, operations reports, etc.

Article

1,500 Projects Completed

Most of Joe's recent writing has featured articles published in magazines and newspapers. These include numerous articles about music performances, art exhibits, business, renewable energy, water issues, Colorado water law, agriculture, the environment and breaking news. Joe has also written book reviews and articles about food and beverages, science and technology, and Colorado lifestyles.

Web Page

450 Projects Completed

As a freelancer, Joe has designed and written content for hundreds of web pages. Topics include real estate, public lands, food and beverages, music, art, entertainment, acupuncture, Tai Chi, politics, religion and more. Joe currently works mostly on Wordpress websites, but he is also proficient working in Dreamweaver, GoLive and Muse.

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