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Russell Plante is an Engineering Physicist with a diverse engineering and academic background in Engineering Physics, Electrical Engineering, and Business Administration.  He has held positions as a systems engineer with Automation Industries, Inc., a project engineer in Kalwall Corp's Solar Division, and Department of Defense Branch Head in Control Engineering, Welding Engineering, and Quality Control Engineering Analysis.  While at the DOD, he was appointed by the University of Maine to advise and assist the Physics Department in providing an industrial perspective for quality education.  A skilled technical writer, he is a previously published author and has received awards for Solar Building Engineering Design from the State of Maine Office of Energy Resources and from the U.S. Department of Energy for Energy Innovation Technologies.



His most recent non-fiction book entitled "SOLAR ENERGY - Photovoltaics and Domestic Hot Water - A Technical and Economic Guide for Project Planners, Builders, and Property Owners" was released May 29, 2014 by Academic Press, an imprint of Elsevier. 



In addition to works of non-fiction, he has also written a novel entitled "Journey Home - A Cat's Tale" based upon the actual life of a homeless cat - a story for upper middle grade to any age level to share.  This is his first fictional work, published February 2016.


His second novel entitled "Beware the Dither Bird" is a provocative, contemporary story based upon actual national events, unheeded warnings about failing policies, and people's associated indifference to inaction. It warns us about what will happen if we don't remain aware of the facts in a changing world and continue to ignore the troubling events that surround us on a daily basis.  The story is an alarming and eye-opening profile of things to come...This novel was a Best Book Awards Finalist in AmericanBookFest and has won the Eric Hoffer Montaigne Finalist Medal Award for 2020 as the most thought-provoking novel. "Beware the Dither Bird" was released by the publisher on December 7th, 2018.


His third novel titled "A Sense of Purpose" is a philosophical story inspired by actual events. This is a story for all ages about life's journey from the perspective of a cat - a journey that teaches us the things we do in life, no matter how small, can affect others in so many ways and that every living being has a sense of purpose.  Not only is this a story for cat lovers and all pet owners but a story that is relative to every one of us. "A Sense of Purpose" was released from the publisher on October 6th, 2020.

"The Path Before Me" is his fourth novel, recently completed, and a fifth novel is currently in progress. More to come.--




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