About ULTRA TechLife
ULTRA TechLife (UTL) features expert, unique science and tech perspectives, including informative news, do-it-yourself guides, and professional reviews. Our mission is to promote objective science, logic, reason, high-quality education, informed decisions, and exploration. You can help us by sharing our content, like/subscribe to our social media, and you can even buy the author a drink.
The ULTRA TechLife website was founded and developed by Ben Alonzo, a unique science and tech expert. After being introduced in 2012, the site has quickly gained a larger reach. Ben has a passion for everything science and tech. He holds multiple degrees, including a MS in Geoscience, MS in Health and Nutrition, and a BS in Geoscience from Mississippi State University. Alonzo is a highly-rated professor that teaches at some of the largest public US colleges, including Seminole State and Valencia College. Some of the courses he teaches include: computer applications, earth science, environmental science, meteorology, oceanography, and public health. He's also assisted with emergency medical science labs, training future medical professionals. Ben's currently in information technology graduate studies with Arizona State University's Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering, where he's also one course away from a MS in Information Technology. Alonzo is the CEO of the expert consulting firm Storm Sector, LLC in Florida. He's the author of many science and tech articles, which have appeared on popular news and magazine sites, including the Houston Chronicle, eHow, Sciencing, Hearst, and other news networks. Ben's written about science and tech for over ten years. He's the current director of ULTRA TechLife.
Ben's earned over 300 college credit hours, primarily spanning science and tech courses. His extensive education included study of calculus, climatology, computer programming, digital photography, earth science, emergency management, emergency medical science, epidemiology, environmental geoscience, geographic information systems, information and communications technology, information and cyber security, media production, meteorology, planetary science, public health, networks and servers, statistics, technical writing, terrorism and weapons of mass destruction, and web development. His favorite areas of study included synoptic, mesoscale, and radar meteorology, numerical weather prediction, and information and communications technology literacy. He credits an early interest in science stemming from experiencing severe storms as a kid, sparking a deep interest in meteorology and volunteer work.
Ben enjoys learning, teaching, exploring, and solving problems using advanced technology. Alonzo's classes are popular because of his unique teaching style, rare background, high-quality lectures, promotion of sound science, and consistently positive feedback from students.
Alonzo holds numerous professional licenses and certifications, including Emergency Medical Technician, A+ Information Technology Professional, American Heart Association Healthcare Provider, Federal Aviation Administration, Federal Emergency Management, Federal Communications Commission, National Cable Telecommunications Association, IBM Support Specialist, and Professional Association of Diving Instructors Scuba Diver certification.
Ben's diverse background spans enterprise computer and network systems, healthcare, emergency medical, emergency management, telecommunications, weather forecasting, consumer electronics, journalism, digital media production, computer programming, and web development. He's worked with some of the biggest names in technology, such as IBM, Intuit, NCR, Motorola, and CBS.
Computer programming is both a hobby and profession for Alonzo. He's developed anything from weather radar and warning to real estate database software. Ben's fluent in C++, FORTRAN, HTML/CSS, Java, PHP, Visual Basic, and XML. He picked up programming initially as a teen and then started studying various languages in college as well as on-the-job. Ben enjoys component-level PC troubleshooting and repair (soldering, replacing internal batteries, screens, plugs, and motherboard cables) and he regularly builds custom desktop computers.
Ben's deep into consumer electronics, technical writing, testing, and reviewing new products about to be introduced. Some of the products he's tested include smart televisions, media players, tablets, two-way radios, wireless routers, gaming systems, drones, digital cameras, weather radios, scientific instruments, and solar power equipment. Testing involves performance checks, measurements, firmware bug identification and fix recommendations, creating review videos and articles, and writing easier owner's manuals and online guides for users. He loves to help consumers make great choices, find budget technology, and gives them free tips to get the most out of products he reviews.
Hobbies are a cool way to get exercise, learn, apply, study, and stay entertained, especially with the stresses of life. Ben's a licensed private pilot that loves flying whenever he can, he's a musician that loves guitar, likes to produce videos, listens to all kinds of music, loves gaming, traveling all over the world, and meeting new people. In his free time, he's also spent over fifteen years volunteering with multiple organizations to serve the community.
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ULTRA TechLife seeks potential advertisers, sponsors, and business partners that have products or services of interest to our audience. We feature product reviews from expert perspectives to potential customers and industry leaders. Ben also loves to show off the latest science and tech stuff in the classroom, online, and during public events. Our audience continues to grow and we're always looking for awesome products and services. See the media kit for more information, public speaking, interview, and sponsorship requests. Feel free to contact us with your questions or requests.
Ben loves to speak about science and tech topics. Please see the contact page or his academic college profile pages for public speaking requests (schools, government, corporate, and non-profit organizations welcome).
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