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Anne Gray is a systems engineer and physicist, a science fiction editor and proofreader, user experience designer, wiki editor, writer, smof* (cat herder, volunteer manager, whatever you call it), singer, dancer, and so much more.

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Born on December 4, 1974 in Ann Arbor Michigan, Anne left Ann Arbor in 1992 to go get a BA in History from Grinnell College in Iowa (where she also studied physics and technical theater), took a road trip around the country with her sister in 1996, then lived in Chicago with co-Grinnellian Bill Murphy, whom she later married, while working as a web designer. She left Chicago in 1998 to get a Master's in Systems Design Engineering from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, and moved back to Ann Arbor in 2001. She and Bill divorced 7 years later, after which Anne was lucky enough to meet Brian Gray, her husband, with whom she is expecting a baby in August of 2010. You can find out more about her education, work and volunteer history in her portfolio.

Anne's whole family dances and sings, and she has studied a variety of movement arts, including modern dance, tai chi, and mime. She has acted in plays and musicals, sung in choirs, and done technical work on several productions, starting in first grade and going on from there. Outside of blogging, wiki and fanzine articles and sf criticism, Anne mainly writes poetry.

Anne runs science fiction conventions and related volunteer organizations as a hobby. Her practice of copyediting and proofing publications both fictional and non-fictional sometimes earns her money on a freelance basis, which helps her to afford the rest of the hobby. She also manages wikis such as the Carl Brandon Society wiki, and is known to help edit wikipedia and other knowledge archives. More about Anne's fan activities (fanac).

Her particular area of engineering is called many things, including Human Factors (HF), Human-computer Interaction (HCI), and Cognitive Systems Design (CSE). She is trained in a variety of types of systems design, especially control systems design, and her particular interest and experience lies mainly in the requirements specification portion of the design process. To put it simply, she knows how to interview and observe people in both natural and experimental settings in order to understand what kind of work they do, what decisions they make, and what information they need in order to make those decisions, as well as how to document those requirements and translate them into design recommendations. These skills and techniques are applicable to any work domain, but Anne's experience is largely in web design, intelligence analysis, command, control, and coordination of robotic vehicles, team command of submarines, and dismounted infantry command, control, and communication. Find out more about Human Factors Engineering.

If you are looking for Anne on the web, the best name to keep an eye out for is Netmouse, though she also posts under her real name, and has written under her previous married name, Anne KG Murphy, and her maiden name, Anne K Gay.

* smof = secret master of fandom