Award winning novelist R. Samuel Baty is a retired U. S. Air Force officer and a retired chief scientist. He received the Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Mexico in 1960. He spent the next 22 years in the United States Air Force. During this time, he received a Master of Science Degree in Aerospace Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in Engineering from UCLA. His last assignment in the Air Force was with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). He subsequently retired from TRW, Inc. as a chief scientist of an operating unit in 1999. From January, 2000 to the start of 2013, he taught for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) and attained adjunct professor status. He has authored numerous technical reports, has been interviewed in prestigious journals, and is an avid reader of WW2 and post WW2 history. He lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico with his wife, Linda.
The author taught aerodynamics, space topics such as interplanetary travel, math, business, and engineering for ERAU. He served as Committee Chairman for a number of graduate research projects. In all, he taught 21 different courses. In 2004, he was named outstanding faculty member of ERAU's Southwest Region.
In 2003, while continuing to teach, the author decided that he wanted to try something entirely different. With his wife Linda's blessing, he took his knowledge of World War II and put it with suspense, romance, and adventure. The result was his first novel, "Footsteps to Forever: A World War II Thriller."
In 2011, the sequel ("Darkness into Light: A Post World War II Sequel and Thriller") was published through iUniverse. In 2012, "Forever We Serve: A Korean War Thriller" was published, also through iUniverse and the third novel in the series. The author has now completed the fourth and final novel in the series. Now that it is complete, the series takes the reader from 1941 (the start of WW II involvement for the U.S.) through the Vietnam War era, Desert Storm, and the fall of the Berlin Wall. The author brings the major characters along through the novels, and the novels also include the most powerful people of the times. Before the ending was needed, the author had an epiphany on how the series would end. It was very, very exciting!