Six distinguished members of the Board of Advisors have been announced by Flibe Energy. Two of them will present at ThEC11.
Dr. Parker Griffith
Parker Griffith, M.D., is a radiation oncologist in Huntsville, Alabama and has served in the US Congress as the representative for the fifth congressional district of Alabama. Dr. Griffith is originally from Shreveport, Louisiana, and has served as a teacher and a Medical Corps captain in the US Army from 1970 to 1973. In Huntsville, Griffith helped establish the Huntsville Cancer Treatment Center, the state’s first comprehensive cancer-treatment facility. He retired from medicine in 1992 and served in the Alabama State Senate before successfully running for Congress in 2008. He resides in Huntsville with his wife, Virginia. The couple had five children and 11 grandchildren (to date). He received his medical degree from the Louisiana State University Medical School in 1970 and served in residency at the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center. Wikipedia article
Dr. Robert Hargraves
Robert Hargraves, Ph.D., is a retired executive and promotes the “Aim High!” vision of a world energy future powered by thorium and liquid-fluoride reactors. He is the co-author of the American Scientist article “Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactors” and teaches energy policy at Dartmouth’s Institute for Lifelong Education. He was Chief Information Officer atBoston Scientific Corporation from 1994-2000, and a senior consultant at Arthur D. Little from 1982-1994. Previously he taught mathematics and introduced computer science at Dartmouth College, where he also founded a software company that sold the Dartmouth Time Sharing System. Dr. Hargraves earned his doctorate in physics from Brown University in 1967 and an AB in Mathematics and Physics from Dartmouth College in 1961.
Dr. Ralph Moir
Ralph Moir, Ph.D., is a retired plasma physicist and nuclear engineer from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratoryand is an expert in hybrid fission-fusion reactors, particularly those that use molten salts for the blanket and first wall of the reactor. Dr. Moir has had 169 publications and five patents awarded in a variety of subjects related to fusion reactor technology. Dr. Edward Teller‘s final paper (in 2005) was written with Dr. Moir on the subject of molten-salt reactors using thorium. Dr. Moir earned his doctorate in nuclear engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1967 and a BS in Engineering Physics from the University of California at Berkeley in 1962. He is a Registered Professional Nuclear Engineer in the State of California, Registration number NU782, a fellow of the American Physical Society and American Nuclear Society. His CV and list of publications is available online.
Dr. Per Peterson
Per Peterson, Ph.D., is a professor of nuclear engineering at the University of California at Berkeley and is an expert in the thermal-hydraulics and heat transfer of high-temperature fluids, particularly molten salts. Dr. Peterson has recently been serving as a member of the Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future. Dr. Peterson earned his masters and doctorate in mechanical engineering at the University of California at Berkeley in 1986 and 1988, and his bachelors of science in mechanical engineering from the University of Nevada at Reno in 1982.
Dr. Darryl Siemer
Darryl Siemer, Ph.D., is a retired Idaho National Laboratory Consulting Scientist and an expert in virtually all of the technical aspects of radioactive waste management. Dr. Siemer has 76 journal publications in subjects including electronic circuit design, “wet” analytical methods development, atomic spectrometry, chromatographic instrumentation, cement/concrete formulation, and chemical engineering related to nuclear fuel reprocessing and waste management. He earned his doctorate in chemistry from Montana State University in 1974 and was an assistant professor of chemistry at Marquette University from 1974-1978. Since then he has served as an affiliate/adjunct professor at the University of Umea (Sweden), Pennsylvania State University, the University of Idaho, and Idaho State University.
Dr. Chris Uhlik
Chris Uhlik, Ph.D., recently retired from engineering management after nine years at Google, where he directly managed about 500 engineers and indirectly over 2000 employees. While an Engineering Director at Google, he counts engineering recruiting, Toolbar, Software QA, Software Security, GMail, Video, BookSearch, StreetView, Aerial Imaging, Wireless Data Networks, and Research activities in Artificial Intelligence and Education among his accomplishments. Previous to Google he worked at Toyota in Japan and at various start-ups in the Silicon Valley where he built active suspension systems, robot controllers, cellular telephone systems, and internet routers. His primary interests are the study of complex systems, technology evolution, artificial intelligence, ecosystems, airplanes, nuclear power, and education. Dr. Uhlik earned his BS, MS, and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering at Stanford Universityfrom 1979 to 1990. He also studied mechanical engineering, aeronautics, computer science, and math.
Kirk Sorensen, founder of Flibe Energy, Dr. Robert Hargraves and Dr. Parker Griffith will present at ThEC11.