hgodlewski,
You should be a very valuable member of our community with your experience and education. One of the main obstacles to becoming better thought of is the present lack of a theory supported well by underlying math. As noted today under another subject here, we are still very much in the beginning stages, with a lot more verbal and text descriptions than a coherent theory with a related mathematical structure (unless you read in dusty plasma physics and Peratt's textbook). In particular we have been focused more on the cosmic picture and far less on the sub-atomic world, particularly the sub-electron and sub-proton and -neutron scales.
You might like to read Miles Mathis's page
http://www.milesmathis.com , particularly his papers on his Unified Field Theory which alleges how gravity and electromagnetism essentially are the same thing at different scales, based on the form of both Newton's gravitational equation for 'ponderous' bodies and Coulomb's Law for charged bodies, with both being inversely proportional to distance squared and having as a scaling constant either G or the dielectric constant ε, respectively. While Mathis is a theoretician in the area of mathematical physics (and a pretty good Romantic artist for his day job), he does one thing that is extremely rare for theoreticians — he looks at real world phenomena and tries to make his theory and math fit observation. He, like many here, is a little on the alternative theory side compared to mainstream ideas, but by golly he's
interesting! —And occasionally plausible. By the way, Mathis is not an adherent of EU ideas, in particular; he pretty much goes his own way. He's just released a nice little collection of his papers, self=published, at authorhouse.com, search for him by name.
Read around on the Forum for a few weeks and look at all the pointers and papers and other sources that you can, and see if you'd be able to help, and would like to. We're a tolerant and eclectic bunch, usually polite, and value the type of input and comment as you should be able to present.
Jim