Joanne Gucwa, Author

Author Background

The joyful journey of writing children’s stories continues my long career as an industrial management consultant at Technology Management Associates, Inc. (the firm I founded in 1973).

These stories just happen to include a fair amount of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) topics along with a scattering of Humanities and lessons intended to have some socially-redeeming value.

The STEM topics derive from my life-long interest in science, an undergraduate degree in Chemistry from Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT, now called Illinois Tech), five years as a research chemist after graduationn, and a host of domestic and international clients I have had the privilege to serve. The socially-redeeming parts of the stories have evolved from the continuum of memories from my childhood through this present time, and include the ethical principles instilled with my parochial school education, an MBA from Northwestern University and my 40+ years as a CMC (Certified Management Consultant).

VoyageChicago published an interview about BioFables in November, 2017: Meet Joanne Gucwa of BioFables.  IIT Magazine’s Spring 2017 Issue focuses on women in STEM fields; see the article Taking Science and Fiction to Extremes. 

Not having found a taxonomy of STEM and social topics that seemed suitable for these BioFables books, the management consultant within insisted that I design diagrams and tables so parents, teachers, and perhaps older children, might find resources that point them to additional information for each chapter of each book.