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Dr Sunny Bains
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  • Associate Professor (Teaching)
  • Dept of Biochemical Engineering
  • Faculty of Engineering Science

Sunny is a scientist, journalist, editor, expert in technical communication, and author of Explaining the Future: How to Research, Analyze, and Report on Emerging Technologies (Oxford University Press, 2019). Having taught previously at UC Berkeley (1999) and Imperial College London (2001-2013) she currently teaches at UCL, where she has developed a programme to teach technical argument, writing, presentation, and professional skills to undergraduates and postgraduates across the Engineering and Science faculties, as well as specialist modules in technical journalism. She is the founder and Editorial Director of Engineering Inspiration (ENGins), and the founder of Form & Content Media: a company that specializes in creating and curating readable content about science and technology for institutional clients.

Sunny has written for and edited dozens of different magazines and other publications including:

Sunny has served on:

Sunny has consulted for many different groups including:

  • City University
  • European Commission
  • Imperial College London
  • Institute for Neuromorphic Engineering
  • Intel Neuromorphic Research Center
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • NeuroPAC
  • Royal Academy of Engineering
  • SPIE: The international society for optics and photonics


For more details of her work and background, please go to her website: http://www.sunnybains.com

Research Summary

Sunny is currently researching a book on neuromorphic engineering, in collaboration with Professor Ralph Etienne-Cummings of Johns Hopkins University. Her other research interests stem from her teaching in the areas of research, analysis, and communication in emerging technologies. More information on her work is available via her website at http://www.sunnybains.com.

Teaching Summary

Sunny was a 2016 recipient of the Provost's teaching award and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Her teaching is focussed in two main areas:

Academic Background
2016   Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy  
2016   ATQ04 - Recognised by the HEA as a Senior Fellow  
2005   Doctor of Philosophy Open University
1994   Master of Science Boston University
1990   Bachelor of Science Queen Mary College, University of London
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