Myles Hildebrand is a Program Manager at General Fusion and leads the execution of technology collaborations and partnerships with national laboratories and partners. These include projects with the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority, the Canadian Nuclear Laboratories, and the funding awards from the Office of Fusion Energy Science’s Innovation Network for Fusion Energy (INFUSE) program in the United States.
“General Fusion was awarded two new funding awards from INFUSE, which will support our collaborations with the Savannah River National Laboratory and Oak Ridge National Laboratory,” says Myles.
General Fusion will leverage the supercomputing capabilities of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The work will enable high-fidelity study of our Fusion Demonstration Plant.
“The algorithm we are using here builds on a well-established approach to transport calculations which helps us understand how the plasma is moving around and losing energy in our tests. We must understand this behaviour to minimize energy losses. The collaboration with Oak Ridge will extend calculation methods from previous experiments to ours,” explains Myles. “Today, we can employ an expansive set of calculations with a level of detail and speed that was simply not possible 20 years ago in supercomputing technology.”
Myles joined General Fusion in 2016 as a Mechanical Engineering intern as part of a funded collaboration with McGill University.
“Over the last seven years, I’ve worked in various roles in General Fusion, including compression testing, magnetic reconstruction, and neutron diagnostics,” says Myles. “I fell in love with General Fusion – the company, the people, and the planet-saving technology.”
In his free time, Myles is a musician who plays guitar and sings in not one but two bands, Gnarfunkel and Myles from Home. Myles is also an avid biker (of course he is!) and enjoys mountain biking, snowboarding, and surfing in British Columbia.