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The General Fusion Team

The Right Team for the Challenge

General Fusion has built a world-class Magnetized Target Fusion research and development team consisting of over 70 research and development professionals who have demonstrated the ability to quickly and cost-effectively design, simulate, prototype, and test advanced fusion systems.

General Fusion’s science team includes PhD scientists from leading fusion research institutions including L’École Polytechnique in France, the Culham Centre for Fusion Technology in the UK, the Joint Institute for High Temperatures at the Russian Academy of Sciences, and Kyushu University in Japan.


Additionally, General Fusion has supplemented its research group with experts in regulatory affairs, project management, government relations, intellectual property, finance, and strategic business development.

Investors

General Fusion is supported by a global syndicate of leading energy venture capital funds, industry leaders, and technology pioneers, including:

Chrysalix Venture Capital
Bezos Expeditions
Khazanah Nasional
Braemar Energy Ventures
SET Ventures
Cenovus Energy
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GrowthWorks
Entrepreneurs Fund
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Collaborators

General Fusion collaborates with leading research institutions around the world, drawing on decades of scientific investigation to accelerate development of its magnetized target fusion system. These partnerships pair General Fusion’s in-house expertise with deep specialist knowledge across plasma physics, shockwave physics, pulsed power engineering and materials technology, reducing technical risk and fast-tracking our approach to fusion energy.

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Management Team

Christofer M Mowry

Christofer M. Mowry, Chief Executive Officer & Director

Chris Mowry has 30 years of global experience in the energy and infrastructure sectors, including power, oil & gas, automation, and process industries. Through his leadership he has revitalized businesses in GE and Babcock & Wilcox Company (BWC), founded disruptive energy technology company Generation mPower, and has overseen the transformation of complex international organizations.

Chris was most recently Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of General Synfuels International, Inc. (GSI), a privately held company developing in situ oil shale gasification technology that produces hydrocarbons in an economically competitive and environmentally responsible manner from oil shales. Prior to GSI, Chris was the Founder and CEO of Generation mPower, a company formed in 2011 to design, license, and deliver Small Modular Reactors (SMRs), the next generation of nuclear energy technology.

Previously, Chris was President of B&W Nuclear Energy, a division of The Babcock & Wilcox Company. Before joining B&W, Chris was the President and Chief Operating Officer of WSI, a private equity-backed field services and manufacturing company serving the energy and petrochemical industries.

Chris spent 10 years with GE Energy in various management roles, growing the firm’s automation business by 34% in two years. He began his career with the Philadelphia Electric Company, and holds a Bachelor of Science (Engineer & Astronomy) from Swarthmore College, and a Master’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University.

Bruce Colwill, CFO and Interim CEO

Bruce Colwill, Chief Financial Officer

Bruce Colwill is a strategic finance professional with over 25 years of experience in start-up and entrepreneurial companies. As the CFO of multiple public and private companies, Bruce has been responsible for fundraising in excess of US$400 million including private and public financing, debt and other structured financings.

Beginning his career with KPMG, Bruce’s expertise encompasses the biotech and pharmaceutical industry, the mining and energy sectors and financial services. He brings experience in IPOs, managing growth, mergers & acquisitions and general corporate management to General Fusion.  He holds a BBA from Simon Fraser University and is a Canadian Professional Accountant (CPA,CA).

Dr. Michel Laberge, Founder and Chief Scientist

Dr. Michel Laberge, Founder and Chief Scientist

Dr. Michel Laberge is a physicist with widespread practical experience in plasma physics and modern plasma diagnostic techniques. He has extensive knowledge of the latest technologies related to electronics, computers, materials, lithography, optics and fabrication, and is experienced at designing and constructing test apparatuses to evaluate technical concepts.

Prior to establishing General Fusion, Michel spent nine years at Creo Products in Vancouver as a senior physicist and principal engineer. His roles included inventor, designer, and scientific project leader on projects that resulted in more than $1 billion worth of product sales.

Michel holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in physics from Laval University. In 1990, he earned his Ph.D. in physics from the University of British Columbia, and in 1991 completed a post doc at L’ecole Polytechnique in Paris. In 1992, he completed another post doc at the National Research Council in Ottawa. He has published numerous scientific papers.

Michael Delage, VP, Technology and Corporate Strategy

Michael Delage, Chief Technology Officer

Michael is an engineer and experienced technology entrepreneur with a career spent developing complex technologies and bringing them to market.

Since joining General Fusion in 2010, he has held multiple responsibilities: building strategic partnerships internationally with fusion research institutions and key players in the energy industry; overseeing corporate strategy, communications and government relations; and now as CTO he is responsible for developing and implementing General Fusion’s technology strategy and science program.

Previously, from 2003-2010 Michael co-founded and help build Energate Inc. into one of the leading residential demand response technology companies in North America. Michael created and managed Energate’s product strategy as the company pioneered many of the technologies and standards integrating residential solutions into the smart grid. Earlier in his career, Michael worked in the aerospace industry as a systems and design engineer on technologies from microsatellites to the robotic systems on the International Space Station, where hardware he designed continues to operate today.

Michael holds a B.Sc. in Engineering Physics and an M.B.A. for Science and Technology from Queen’s University.

Mike Donaldson, Vice President, Operations

Mike Donaldson, Vice President, Fusion Island Engineering

Mike Donaldson is a systems engineer with 18 years of experience in the development of novel and disruptive technologies.  He has broad experience in product development, production engineering and engineering management. He has led multidisciplinary teams in high risk and complicated technical projects with a focus on risk reduction through rapid prototyping and physical testing.

Prior to joining General Fusion in 2009, Mr. Donaldson had been with Kodak (Creo) since 1999 contributing in production engineering and product development roles.

Mike has a B.Sc. in Engineering Physics from Queen’s University and a M.Sc. in Engineering Physics from the University of British Columbia.

Jean Francois Beland

Jean-François Béland, Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Strategy – Canada

Jean-François Béland has over 20 years of experience in corporate affairs at the highest levels.

From 2007 to 2015, he worked at AREVA S.A. in Paris and AREVA Canada Inc. in Toronto, serving as Executive Vice President at AREVA Canada Inc. from 2010- to 2015. Prior to that time, Mr. Béland worked in the Canadian public service and in the Office of the Prime Minister of Canada, where he served as a Policy Advisor on Treasury Board and Governance issues.

Mr. Béland is a graduate of the Université de Montréal (B.Sc.) and holds an MBA from Bordeaux Business School and M.Sc. Strategic Management from l’Université Paris IX Dauphine.

In December 2013, Mr. Béland was appointed Knight of the National Order of the Legion of Honour. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the National Gallery of Canada, and the Investment Committee of the Fondation Sante Gatineau. Mr. Béland serves on the advisory board of nanosatellite corporation EarthCube S.A. (Toulouse, France) and the newly formed Innovation Advisory Council of the Governor General of Canada, and also provides his perspectives on environment and cleantech issues in a monthly program for Ici Radio-Canada Première.

VP Business Development Matt Miles

Matt Miles, Vice President, Business Development

Matt Miles has more than 25 years experience in the energy and infrastructure sectors, including oil & gas, process, and power industries. He was most recently the Senior Director for Strategic Growth at Babcock & Wilcox Company (BWC) where he and his team developed the company strategy to capture new market opportunities, and set strategy to drive the business in growth markets to achieve financial goals

Beginning in 2012, Matt was Director of International Business Development for Generation mPower, a company formed in 2011 to design, license, and deliver an SMR, the next generation of nuclear energy technology. Matt was instrumental in creating global market awareness for SMRs, resulting in the creation of various international government programs to support the commercialization of the technology.

From 2002-2012 Matt worked with the Edgen Murray Corporation, a leading global supplier of specialized products for worldwide energy and infrastructure markets, co-founding a nuclear supply division serving global markets. He began his career working in the Gulf of Mexico operating oil & gas platforms, and also spent collectively 11 years in the US Army National Guard and the US Coast Guard.

Matt holds a Bachelor of Science from Louisiana State University in International Trade and Finance.

Board of Directors

Dr. Fred Buckman

Dr. Fred Buckman, Chairman

Fred Buckman is a senior executive with experience in electric and gas utility operation and management, engineering and construction management, project development and nuclear plant design, operation, safety assessment and operation.  He has served as the Chief Executive and Chief Nuclear Officer of Consumers Power, Chief Executive at PacifiCorp, President of the Power Group for Engineering and Construction leader Shaw Group, Managing Partner, Utilities, for Brookfield Asset Management, and is currently Chairman and CEO of Powerlink Transmission Company.

Fred has a PhD in Nuclear Engineering from MIT and serves as an Adjunct Professor with the University of Michigan Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Science Department.  He participates from time to time in design reviews, lectures on industry topics and provides guidance regarding the nuclear and utility industries.

Jacques Besnainou AREVA

Jacques Besnainou

Jacques Besnainou was President & Chief Executive Officer of  AREVA Inc. until March 2012. In this role, Jacques was responsible for managing and setting the direction for AREVA’s nuclear and renewable energy businesses in the United States and Canada (around 5,000 employees).  Jacques has more than 20 years of management and systems engineering experience in both France and the United States, including more than a decade with AREVA. He joined AREVA in 2001 as Executive Vice President in charge of used fuel management operations in the United States. In 2005, he became the AREVA Group’s Senior Executive Vice President for the Global Used Fuel Business Group and member of the AREVA Nuclear Executive Committee.

Prior to joining AREVA, Jacques served as an advisor to the French Ministry of Industry for civilian nuclear affairs from 1992 to 1993. In 1993, he joined the Ecobilan Group, an environmental consulting firm specializing in life cycle assessments, eventually becoming its CEO and negotiating its sale to PricewaterhouseCoopers in 2000.

Mr. Besnainou holds Master of Science degrees in Mathematics, Engineering and Public Policy from Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole des Mines – France’s leading engineering schools.

Wal van Lierop Chrysalix

Wal van Lierop

Wal van Lierop is a Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Chrysalix Energy Venture Capital, and an industrial technology veteran with unique industry insight gained through deep operational experience as a venture capitalist, corporate executive, top international consultant and a university professor.

Prior to founding Chrysalix EVC, Wal spent six years as the Vice President of Strategic Planning at Westcoast Energy, and also advised energy, chemicals and financial services blue chip companies on innovation and change management while working for more than seven years with McKinsey & Company.

Before joining the corporate world, Wal worked for almost a decade as an Associate Professor at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam doing research in economics, econometrics and the environment. He has founded or co-founded clean energy organizations including New Ventures BC and SET Ventures in Amsterdam, and is a long standing member of the Cleantech Group’s Advisory Board, leader of the BC Cleantech CEO Alliance, 2014 Canadian “Clean16” honoree, and frequent political advisor.

Wal holds a PhD in Economics from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam and has completed executive training in Change Management from MIT.

Shahril Ibrahim Khazanah

Shahril Ibrahim

Shahril Ibrahim serves as Director of Khazanah Americas Incorporated, the North American office of Khazanah. In this role, Shahril leverages his experience and leadership in innovation, content & media, and new business development to evaluate investment opportunities in North America, particularly in the innovation and technology sectors.

As a resident of California for over 20 years, Shahril’s interest in new media spans from visualization at NASA Ames, to smart school development with the Annenberg Foundation, to research and development at BOSS Films.  During the last ten years, Shahril has shifted his interests towards developing new media competencies in Malaysia.  More notably, Shahril conceptualized the media cluster for Iskandar, and orchestrated the development of Rhythm & Hues Malaysia.

Shahril graduated from Harvey Mudd College, with dual degrees in Economics and Systems Engineering. He holds a Masters in Computer Science from the University of Southern California.

Klaas de Boer Entrepreneurs Fund

Klaas de Boer

Klaas has over 20 years of venture capital experience, mainly in Europe, but also in North America and Israel. He is currently Managing Partner of Entrepreneurs Fund, which he joined in 2006. At Entrepreneurs Fund, Klaas’s responsibilities included inge GmbH (sold to BASF), Technolas Perfect Vision (sold to Bausch & Lomb), Prosonix Ltd (sold to Circassia), Lifeline Scientific Inc (sold to Genext), New Motion (sold to Shell) and Optinose (Nasdaq listing). In addition to General Fusion, he currently looks after SmartKem and vasopharm.

Next to Entrepreneurs Fund, Klaas is also a non-executive member of the investment committee of NESTA’s social impact fund.

Klaas started his career with McKinsey & Company in Amsterdam. From there he joined Vanenburg Group where established a corporate venturing group led investments in Europe, Israel and the US, which included WebEx. Klaas has an MSc in Applied Physics from Delft University of Technology, and an MBA from Insead.

Christofer M. Mowry, Chief Executive Officer & Director

Chris Mowry has 30 years of global experience in the energy and infrastructure sectors, including power, oil & gas, automation, and process industries. Through his leadership he has revitalized businesses in GE and Babcock & Wilcox Company (BWC), founded disruptive energy technology company Generation mPower, and has overseen the transformation of complex international organizations.

Chris was most recently Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of General Synfuels International, Inc. (GSI), a privately held company developing in situ oil shale gasification technology that produces hydrocarbons in an economically competitive and environmentally responsible manner from oil shales. Prior to GSI, Chris was the Founder and CEO of Generation mPower, a company formed in 2011 to design, license, and deliver Small Modular Reactors (SMRs), the next generation of nuclear energy technology.

Previously, Chris was President of B&W Nuclear Energy, a division of The Babcock & Wilcox Company. Before joining B&W, Chris was the President and Chief Operating Officer of WSI, a private equity-backed field services and manufacturing company serving the energy and petrochemical industries.

Chris spent 10 years with GE Energy in various management roles, growing the firm’s automation business by 34% in two years. He began his career with the Philadelphia Electric Company, and holds a Bachelor of Science (Engineer & Astronomy) from Swarthmore College, and a Master’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University.

Business Advisory Council

Carol M. Browner

Carol M. Browner

Carol M. Browner is a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress and Senior Counselor at Albright Stonebridge Group. Ms. Browner also serves as Chair of the Board of the League of Conservation Voters, on the Board of Directors for Bunge Limited, the Global Oceans Commission, and on Opower’s Advisory Board.

Ms. Browner most recently served as Assistant to President Obama and director of the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy, where she oversaw the coordination of environmental, energy, climate, transport, and related policy across the federal government. During her tenure, the White House secured the largest investment ever in clean energy and established the national car policy that included both new automobile fuel efficiency standards and first ever greenhouse gas reductions. Previously, Ms. Browner was a founding principal of The Albright Group LLC from 2001 to 2008.

From 1993 through 2001, Ms. Browner served as the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. As administrator, she adopted the most stringent air pollution standards in US history; set for the first time, a fine particle clean air standard; and spearheaded the reauthorization of the Safe Drinking Water Act as well as the Food Quality Protection Act. She was known for working with both environmentalists and industry to set scientific-based public health protections while providing businesses important flexibilities in how to meet those standards. She worked across the agency to ensure a focus on protecting the most vulnerable, particularly children.

From 1991 through 1993, Ms. Browner served as Secretary of Environmental Regulation in Florida, where she launched the largest ecological restoration project ever attempted in the United States to restore the natural flow of water to the Everglades.

Ms. Browner serves on the Executive Committee of the Center for American Progress and was a founding board member of the organization from 2003-2008.

Ms. Browner earned her B.A. and a law degree from the University of Florida in Gainesville. She has one son and is married to former New York Congressman Tom Downey.

Mark Dudzinski

Mark Dudzinski

Mr. Dudzinski has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University and Master of Business Administration from Harvard University. He spent more than 20 years at General Electric Company, where his primary areas of responsibility were in marketing. This included new product and market development, new product introduction, product management, commercial operations, communications and strategy.

He was responsible for marketing at GE Energy. GE Energy is one of the world’s leading suppliers of power generation and energy delivery technologies, with revenue of over $26 billion. Mr. Dudzinski retired from GE in Feb. 2013, and has since started two organizations. CMO-md LLC with its website cmo-md.com is dedicated to helping B2B Chief Marketing Officers be successful. Light the World Inc is a Non-Profit, Charitable Organization dedicated to bringing cost effective electricity to the 1.2 billion people who live without lighting when the sun goes down.

Mr. Dudzinski has been a frequent speaker on technology changes and its impact on future product evolution in addition to marketing topics. Copies of the following public presentations are available for download on CMO-md.com: “The Economics of Green Power”, “Energy Industry 2020”, “Generation Trends”, “Innovation”, “The Future Electric Utility”, “Marketing in Developing Countries” and “Strategy”.

Mark Edward Kelly

Mark Edward Kelly

A naval aviator, Kelly flew combat missions during the Gulf War. He was selected to become a NASA Space Shuttle pilot in 1996 and flew his first mission in 2001 as pilot of STS-108. He piloted STS-121 in 2006 and commanded STS-124 in 2008 and STS-134 in 2011. STS-134 was his final mission and the final mission of Space Shuttle Endeavour.

His wife was the target of an attempted assassination in Tucson, Arizona, on January 8, 2011. After the shooting, in which six people were killed, both Kelly and Giffords were thrust into the media spotlight. His wife’s shooting led to a broad national conversation ranging from the duties of a husband to what is acceptable civil discourse. The couple wrote a book about their lives and their experiences, discussing the shooting and Giffords’s initial recovery.

Kelly’s identical twin brother, Scott Kelly, is also an astronaut and served as commander of International Space Station(ISS) Expedition 26. The Kelly brothers are the only twins and only siblings to have both traveled in space.

Donald L. Runkle

Donald L. Runkle

Donald L. Runkle is a Director of VIA Motors and an Operating Executive for Tennenbaum Capital Partners. He is the former Executive Chairman and CEO of EcoMotors International, a disruptive engine company with Khosla Ventures, Braemar Energy Ventures and Bill Gates. Mr. Runkle’s career has focused on the technology, energy and transportation industries, where he has led divisional profit turnarounds, international acquisitions and divestitures, created new business channels, and co-led a large IPO.

Mr. Runkle began his career at General Motors, becoming Vice President of GM’s North American Engineering Center where he was GM’s top engineering executive. This was followed by senior executive roles at Delphi, including Chief Technology Officer and Vice Chairman.

Instrumental in the creation of the United States Advanced Battery Consortium, which he co-founded with the Department of Energy, Mr. Runkle has received numerous awards for his work including the ASM Medal for the Advancement of Research and the Wu Manufacturing Leadership Award.

Mr. Runkle received his Masters of Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan and was also a Sloan Fellow, receiving his MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

 

Science Advisory Council

Dr. Edward I. Moses

Edward Moses

Edward Moses is the President of Longview Consulting. At Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, he led the development of the National Ignition Facility (NIF), the largest optical and laser project ever constructed designed to initiate fusion reactions. Dr. Moses is recognized as a leader in fusion research and laser science and technology, as well as being very successful in establishing industrial partnerships. In addition, he has made significant contributions to the fields of high energy, high peak power, high average power, and short wavelength lasers and associated technologies.

Dr. Moses received his B.S. and Ph.D. from Cornell University. He is widely published and holds many patents in laser technology and computational and health physics and fusion energy systems. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and belongs to many other prestigious scientific organizations. Among other prestigious awards, Moses has received the Thomas Jefferson Award, the Fusion Power Associates Leadership Award, the National Nuclear Security Administration Defense Programs Award of Excellence, the D.S. Rozhdestvensky Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Lasers and Optical Sciences, the R&D100 Award for Peregrine radiation therapy, and the Department of Energy Award of Excellence.

Dr. Osamu Motojima

Dr. Osamu Motojima

Prof. Osamu Motojima has been Emeritus Director-General of ITER International Fusion Energy Organization since March 2016 and served as its Director-General. At NIFS, Prof. Motojima held full-time professorship from 1989 to 2003, while directing the Research Operations Division and the Device Engineering Division, and serving as Scientific Advisor to the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). Prof. Motojima continued to direct the LHD program until April 2003, when he became Director-General of NIFS, crowning nearly twenty years spent within the Institute. During his tenure as NIFS Director-General from 2003 to 2009, he also served as Executive Director and Executive Board Member of the inter-university research institute in natural sciences NINS.

In 1998, he took over the responsibility for the Large Helical Device (LHD) program to build the largest superconducting stellarator in the world. Prof. Motojima remembers the first high-temperature plasma at LHD as “the greatest moment in my life as a researcher.” Known as a tireless proponent of fusion energy, Prof. Motojima was awarded the prestigious Alfvén lecture from Alfven Laboratory, Royal Institute for Technology, Sweden in 2002, and the Fusion Power Associates Distinguished Career Award in 2008, for ‘distinguished, lifelong career contributions to fusion development’. He has been the recipient of numerous research awards in the fields of superconductivity and steady-state plasmas. Prof. Motojima graduated from the Kyoto University in Physics in 1971, before completing a Master’s in Physics and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering.

Gerald L. Kulcinski

Gerald L. Kulcinski is currently the Grainger Professor of Nuclear Engineering-Emeritus and the Director of the Fusion Technology Institute. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1993 and was awarded the NASA Public Service Medal in 1993 and the NASA Exceptional Public Service Medal in 2010. He served on the NASA Advisory Council from 2005 to 2009 and in 2008 he was appointed to the Advisory Committee for the Department of Commerce on Emerging Technology and Research. He has been a Fellow in the American Nuclear Society since 1978.

Professor Kulcinski conducted and directed research on the effects of radiation in metals while serving as a senior research scientist at the Battelle Northwest Laboratories from 1965 to 1971 and worked on the Nuclear Rocket Program at Los Alamos in 1963. From 1965 to 1971 he was a Lecturer at the Center for Graduate Study in Richland, Washington. Dr. Kulcinski joined the Nuclear Engineering Department at the University of Wisconsin in 1971. He was a visiting scientist at the Karlsruhe Nuclear Research Center in West Germany in 1977 and was on sabbatical leave at the Bechtel Corporation in San Francisco in 1989 and 1995.

Kurt Schoenberg

Kurt Schoenberg is a Visiting Professor at the ExtreMe Matter Institute EMMI at the GSI Helmholtz Centre for Heavy Ion Research and is dedicated to research in the area of matter at the extremes of density and temperature, ranging from the coldest to the hottest forms of matter in the Universe. He has been Deputy Associate Laboratory Director for Los Alamos National Laboratory and is renowned for his leadership of experimental physical science research. He was also the Director of the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center (LANSCE). LANSCE provides the scientific community with intense sources of neutrons with the capability of performing experiments supporting civilian and national security research and serves as an international user community conducting diverse forefront basic and applied research.

Kurt’s research area includes experimental plasma physics including inertial confinement fusion, magnetic fusion, high energy density physics, and applied plasma physics.

Dr. Thomas R. Jarboe

Dr. Thomas R. Jarboe

Ph.D., Plasma Physics, University of California Berkeley
BS Engineering Physics, University of Illinois

Professor Jarboe’s current research interests lie in plasma physics and controlled fusion. He is presently pursuing three plasma research interests. He is Director of the Plasma Science and Innovation Center (PSI-Center). The goal is to develop computational predictability for improved magnetic confinement configurations with controlled fusion applications. The PSI-Center plays an important role in making fusion energy practical and in advancing plasma science in general. He also leads the Helicity Injected Torus (HIT) program. HIT program investigates the formation and sustainment of fusion confinement configurations using helicity injection current drive. This method eliminates the need for the pulsed Ohmic heating transformer normally used and allows steady-state operation. The present HIT experiment is developing constant inductive helicity injection for a spheromak. Developing an efficient current drive method for a spheromak that is compatible with good confinement would be a major advance for practical fusion energy. Finally, Professor Jarboe leads a collaboration with the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, where coaxial helicity injection (CHI) current drive, developed at the UW, is being applied to the National Spherical Torus Experiment (NSTX). CHI is to be used for plasma startup and current profile control.

Professor Jarboe received his undergraduate degree in Engineering Physics from the University of Illinois in 1967. He pursued a doctoral degree at the University of California, Berkeley. In 1974, he received his Ph.D. in plasma physics. He then joined the controlled fusion research division at Los Alamos National Laboratory. He served as group leader from 1983 to 1989 where he studied a very attractive magnetic fusion confinement device called the spheromak. He spent one year beginning in 1985 doing the controlled fusion research at Culham Laboratory in England. He came to the University of Washington in 1989 as Professor of Nuclear Engineering and joined the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics in 1992. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society.

Michael Dunne

Michael Dunne is the Director of the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) at SLAC in Menlo Park, CA and Professor of Photon Science at Stanford University. He has been the Director, Central Laser Facility, Science and Technology Facilities Council in the UK, the Director, Photon Science Department, Science and Technology Facilities Council UK, 2007-2010 and the Director, Laser Fusion Energy, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He received his Ph.D., in Physics at Imperial College London.

His research interests high power lasers, and the design, construction, operation and exploitation of photon science research facilities. His personal research focuses on the application of lasers to fusion energy, national security and a branch of fundamental science known as “laboratory astrophysics.” He has received multiple Awards and Honors including: Excellence in Fusion Engineering Award from Fusion Power Associates the Daiwa Adrian Prize for UK-Japan collaborative science and is a member of: AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science); APS (American Physical Society); EPS (European Physical Society); SPIE (the International Society for Optical Engineering); and IOP (the UK Institute of Physics) and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufacture and Commerce (FRSA, from 2009).