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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

Christofer Mowry joined General Fusion as its Chief Executive Officer in 2017, bringing global energy industry leadership to the company during the important transition from lab-scale research to the pilot plant demonstration of its technology. With more than 30 years of experience in the global energy and infrastructure sectors, Mowry has led an exceptional portfolio of businesses, including those in the power, oil and gas, energy management, automation and process industries.

Prior to joining General Fusion, Mowry was the founder and CEO of the industry leading small modular reactor company Generation mPower, following roles as Chief Business Development Officer and division President of B&W Nuclear Energy for The Babcock & Wilcox Company (B&W). Before joining B&W, he was the President and Chief Operating Officer of WSI and spent 10 years with GE Energy in various management roles across their portfolio of international businesses. He also spent time with Exelon in power plant construction, engineering and operations.

Mowry’s career focus has remained on the commercialization of innovative clean-energy technologies. He earned a BS in Engineering and a BA in Astronomy from Swarthmore College, and a MS in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University. He holds numerous patents in advanced control systems for various energy technologies.

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.

Greg Twinney

Greg Twinney, Chief Financial Officer

Greg Twinney brings more than 20 years of global experience in financing growth and success in the technology sector. His financial leadership has successfully realized strong stakeholder value creation from companies rapidly scaling up during commercialization, including management of IPOs, mergers, and acquisitions.

Greg most recently served as Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer, and SVP Global Sales and Customer Success at Hootsuite, the most widely used social media management platform in the world.  Previously, he served as the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of several world-leading technology companies including Kobo, Real Matters, Opalis, and Cyberplex.

Mr. Twinney is a Chartered Public Accountant and holds a Business Administration Diploma from Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology and a Bachelor of Accounting Science Degree from the University of Calgary.

Michael Delage, CTO

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.

Michael Cappello

Michael W. Cappello, Senior Vice President, Prototype Deployment

Michael Cappello has more than 35 years of global experience in the energy and power sectors, primarily in the fusion energy, industrial robotics, and nuclear power industries. His leadership experience spans construction of advanced fusion facilities, operation of commercial nuclear power plants, management of large U.S. Department of Energy facility projects, and growth of new industrial technology ventures.

Michael was most recently Senior Vice President and Chief Engineer of TAE Technologies (formerly Tri Alpha Energy), a U.S.-based fusion energy company. Prior to TAE, Michael was Chief Executive Officer of SA Robotics (then SA Technology) where he led a new technology incubator, delivering hundreds of new remote handling and robotic systems for the nuclear and power industries worldwide. Previously, Michael was Senior Vice President of Informatics Corp., an engineering and project management company.

Michael has earned multiple INC 500 performance awards for driving business and profit growth and the 2008 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for technology. His new technology delivery strategy is highlighted by New York Times best-selling author Jim Champy in his book “Outsmart! How to Do What Your Competitors Can’t.”

Michael holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering with Minors in Mathematics and Physics from Regis College.

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.

VP Business Development Matt Miles

Matt Miles, Vice President, Business Development and Marketing

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.

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.

Brian Berzin

Brian Berzin, Vice President, Strategic Initiatives

Brian Berzin has a diverse background in technology, entrepreneurship, finance, and venture capital and leads strategic initiatives, including engagement with capital markets and business partnerships, for General Fusion.

Brian was most recently with Houlihan Lokey, where he was part of the Private Growth Equity Capital and Corporate Finance groups, helping to grow venture-stage technology companies. Prior to Houlihan Lokey and his time in growth equity and investment banking, he founded two businesses focusing on LED lighting technology.

Brian is a graduate of Lehigh University with degrees in Electrical Engineering and Finance. As part of the Martindale Center for the Study of Private Enterprise, he also published research on the European sovereign debt crisis.

Board of Directors

Klaas de Boer Entrepreneurs Fund

Klaas de Boer, Chairman

Klaas has over 20 years of venture capital experience spanning Europe, North America and the Middle East. He is currently Managing Partner of Entrepreneurs Fund, which he joined in 2006. At Entrepreneurs Fund, Klaas’ 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 chairs AIM-listed Xeros Technology Group and serves on the Boards of SmartKem and vasopharm.

Klaas started his career with McKinsey & Company in Amsterdam. From there, he joined Vanenburg Group where he established and managed a corporate venturing team that 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.

Dr. Fred Buckman

Dr. Fred Buckman

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.

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.

Chip Hambro

Chip Hambro

Chip Hambro has extensive experience leading the R&D, Engineering, Manufacturing, Operational, and general business functions of technology companies (large multinational corporations as well as small firms), with particular emphasis on turn-arounds and start-ups.

Chip joined early stage start-up First Solar in 2001, and as General Manager, and later COO, led the turn-around, technology development, and scale up of the company that is now the largest photovoltaic solar manufacturer in the western hemisphere.  He retired from day to day operations in 2009, but still chairs the technology committee of the Board of Directors.

Prior to joining First Solar, he held positions of Vice President of Engineering & Business Development for Goodrich Aerospace, Vice President of Operations at ITT Night Vision, and various technical management positions at Varian Associates.

Currently, Chip is an Operating Partner at True North Venture Partners, where he serves on the board of portfolio company Aquahydrex, and he recently retired from the board of View Inc, the world’s largest electrochromic glass window manufacturer.

Chip graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a bachelor’s degree in Physical Science (Applied Physics).

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Luke Han

Luke Han is a Director in the Enterprise Development Group at Temasek, covering investments in Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions, financing platforms, and clean energy sectors.

Luke joined Temasek in 2004. He is based in Singapore and has spent eight years covering natural resources, and four years prior on technology.

Luke holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management (Finance) from the Singapore Management University.

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Zoltan Tompa

For the past 15 years, Zoltan Tompa has been working at the nexus of Cleantech innovation and investment. He is currently Director, Cleantech Practice at the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) where he is responsible for leading equity investments and growth financing transactions, as well as serving on the Board of several portfolio companies.

Zoltan joined BDC in 2016 to help lead the design and implementation of the Cleantech Practice and its $600 million growth capital platform that was purpose-built to help leading cleantech firms reach scale and profitability.

Prior to joining BDC, Zoltan spent over 10 years at Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC), a $1 billion clean technology fund. As Director, Strategy and Market Alliances, he led SDTC’s regional offices, oversaw a suite of market acceleration programs that mobilized follow-on investments, established commercial partnerships, and facilitated market access for SDTC portfolio companies. Earlier as Director, Applications and Dealflow, he screened more than a thousand investment opportunities and was directly involved in over $350 million of investments.

Earlier in his career, he was the first non-founding employee at venture-backed software start-up Infotriever and product manager for a $2 billion small business credit portfolio at CIBC.

Christofer M. Mowry, Chief Executive Officer & Director

Christofer Mowry joined General Fusion as its Chief Executive Officer in 2017, bringing global energy industry leadership to the company during the important transition from lab-scale research to the pilot plant demonstration of its technology. With more than 30 years of experience in the global energy and infrastructure sectors, Mowry has led an exceptional portfolio of businesses, including those in the power, oil and gas, energy management, automation and process industries.

Prior to joining General Fusion, Mowry was the founder and CEO of the industry leading small modular reactor company Generation mPower, following roles as Chief Business Development Officer and division President of B&W Nuclear Energy for The Babcock & Wilcox Company (B&W). Before joining B&W, he was the President and Chief Operating Officer of WSI and spent 10 years with GE Energy in various management roles across their portfolio of international businesses. He also spent time with Exelon in power plant construction, engineering and operations.

Mowry’s career focus has remained on the commercialization of innovative clean-energy technologies. He earned a BS in Engineering and a BA in Astronomy from Swarthmore College, and a MS in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University. He holds numerous patents in advanced control systems for various energy technologies.

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”.

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).