My writing and selected stories tend to focus on topics that I am passionate about and have a depth of knowledge and experience. Below are a wide range of topics published in different print and online outlets, from the Washington Post to the San Jose Mercury News.

Neurotech Gathers Momentum

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December 6, 2019

INSIGHTS, Azafran Monthly Newsletter:  In recent years, the digital health sector has matured from simplistic apps that track a small number of vitals (wellness), into much more highly regulated medical devices (health). We are now at the threshold of technologies being developed that blur the lines between computers and biology, with many of the leading startups in the space targeting the brain.

People Walking

February 6, 2017

U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program: Good for Business, Good for America

“No nation is better at harnessing the energies and talents of immigrants. It’s a distinctive

competitive advantage for our country — one we should not weaken.”

Mountain Lake

Why Hetch Hetchy Shouldn't Be Drained

August 13, 2016

Draining Hetch Hetchy reservoir would be a mistake. Of course, many people would like to see the Hetch Hetchy Valley returned to its natural state. If the cost in terms of dollars and water quality weren't so high, I would, too.


Mobile Impact Machine

June 10, 2014

A new partnership model leverages the world’s largest interconnected industry to help break cycles of poverty.

Bridging a Digital Divide: It's High Time We Re-Imagine How and Where We Work

August 2013 - Cover Story

....the Industrial Age has been fading into the new realities of a service-based economy – an economy based on knowledge workers, and an economy where location is becoming less and less a factor. A funny thing happened on the way to the water cooler during the transition, though: most workers have kept on reporting to the “factory” for work.

Road to Monument Valley

Public Investments Helped Pave the Information Superhighway

November 6, 2012

In any debate about the role of government, we need to recognize and understand the critical nature of public investments in helping expand, strengthen, and maintain our 21st century communications infrastructure. If we want a cleaner, greener, better connected America tomorrow, we need to work together to invest in America today.

In the Classroom


For More STEM Professionals, We Need K-12 Overhaul

February 18, 2012

Anyone with their finger on the pulse of reality realizes that the majority of the high paying jobs of tomorrow are rooted in STEM. How do we fill the gap, catch up and eventually overtake many of the countries that have surpassed the U.S. in preparing their young job seekers for this new economic reality?

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With Spread of High-Tech Devices, Telecom Expecting Explosive Growth

December 23, 2011

By all accounts, the telecom carrier industry is set to grow again in the coming year. In a world of 7 billion people, almost every one of them owns a handset. And more than 10 percent of the globe is now wired on broadband.

February 6, 2017