FRED SENESE writes and teaches at a small university in rural Appalachia. He has been a NASA research scientist, dishwasher, trail and conservation zone planner, short-order cook, software developer, Flash cartoonist, art student, waiter, and educational media designer.
He has published 4 chemistry textbooks (including Wiley & Son’s best-selling Chemistry: Matter and its Changes, which has been translated into Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese). His most recent book is Symbolic Mathematics for Chemists, an essential guide to using Maxima, a popular open source symbolic mathematics engine to solve problems, build models, analyze data and explore fundamental concepts in chemistry.
Fred’s award-winning website General Chemistry Online has been cited by the San Francisco Chronicle, Scientific American, and the American Library Association.
He also writes short stories and flash fiction. His fiction awards include a Pushcart Prize nomination, several winning entries in NYC Midnight’s international Flash Fiction Challenge, and Bartleby Snopes’ Dialog-Only Competition. His most recent stories have appeared in Spark: A Creative Anthology, Triptych Tales, Flame Tree Anthologies, Firewords Quarterly, Agnes and True, Five on the Fifth, Zetetic Record, The Molotov Cocktail, KZine, and others.
Fred has a B. S. in chemistry from Penn State and a Ph. D. in computational chemistry from Virginia Tech.