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I recently retired as the Director of the Center for Space Nuclear Research (CSNR) at the Idaho National Laboratory in Idaho Falls, ID. While there I was engaged in facilitating research and education of nuclear technologies for space exploration. Currently, I am working for Howe Industries LLC, a new start-up pursuing development of novel, high-efficiency power conversion for residential use, novel nuclear rocket designs, a compact, innovative reactor design to melt through the ice at Europa, and a new method to make proton-Boron11 fusion a reality.
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).