Julia L F Goldstein holds a PhD in materials science and started her career as an engineer before migrating to journalism in 2001. She is an award-winning journalist and has published articles in multiple trade and business journals. Julia is the owner of JLFG Communications, specializing in white papers and other technical marketing content for companies manufacturing a wide variety of products. She brings her passion for materials and sustainability to life in Material Value, her first book. Julia is active in her local writing community and leads the Seattle chapter of the Nonfiction Authors Association. When she's not writing, Julia enjoys playing flute and piccolo and participating in triathlons.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I appreciate the convenience of bringing lots of books with me on my Kindle. It's especially handy during a bus commute.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I have lived my entire life on the West Coast of the US, which gives me a skewed perspective on the popularity of environmentally-friendly beliefs. Fun fact: I've been moving gradually north my entire life. I spent my childhood in San Diego, attended college in Los Angeles County and moved to the San Francisco Bay Area after graduation. In 1989, I remember thinking, "At this rate, I'll end up in Seattle." I've lived in Redmond, Washington (20 miles from Seattle) since 2014. The Pacific Northwest is beautiful, and it's great living in a place where my message about less wasteful manufacturing resonates with nearly everyone I meet. Yes, it rains frequently, but fortunately, I like rain.
How many of us remember what we learned in high school chemistry? You won’t need any knowledge of chemical formulas to easily understand enough to make choices that are less wasteful and less harmful to people and the environment. Learn about the challenges and opportunities facing the manufacturing world in this highly readable perspective on materials and environmental sustainability.