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I am currently the Director of the Center for Space Nuclear Research (CSNR) at the Idaho National Laboratory in Idaho Falls, ID. The CSNR is engaged in facilitating research and education of nuclear technologies for space exploration. Currently, the CSNR is investigating the development of radioisotope-powered Mars Hopper, a nuclear rocket design that enables a Mars Sample Return mission, and the fabrication of fuels for nuclear reactors for power and propulsion in space. I have recently been named as a finalist in the Space Exploration catgeory in the 2011 World Technology Summit.
Prior to this position, I was a staff member in the Thermonuclear Applications group of the Applied Physics Division (X Division) at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). In this position, I was investigating the importance of energetic nuclear reactions in modeling the physics of extreme plasma environments.
Over the past few years, I have also been involved in developing new, small businesses to commercialize the use of antiprotons. I am currently the CEO and co-founder of the Hbar Technologies, LLC based out of West Chicago, IL. Hbar Technologies is pursuing the development of a low energy source of antiprotons for use in a variety of commercial applications including Homeland Security and radiotherapy medical treatments for inoperable tumors. I am also a co-founder and shareholder of Greenlight Industries, Inc which is developing a new, high-efficiency power conversion system for hybrid cars.
In addition to over fifty technical papers published worldwide and my published fiction works, I have also appeared in numerous television programs about space and rocketry. My television credits include: “Living and Working in Space”, PBS and Sci-Fi channel; “Mission to Mars”, Ultra Science, The Learning Channel; “Rocketships,” Discovery Channel (June ‘98); “Rockets in Space”, Wingspan (August ‘98); and “Voyage to the Milky Way”, PBS, (May '99).