- John Richard (Dick) Engel, BScChemical Engineering
Mr. Engel is a career nuclear scientist specializing in all aspects of design, construction and operations of liquid fuelled reactors. From 1955-1961 at ORNL he was closely involved in the operation, analysis of operation, and documentation of Homogeneous Reactor Experiment-II (HRE-II), the second of two aqueous, liquid-fuelled experiments conducted at ORNL. From 1962 to 1965 at ORNL he was responsible for many portions of the nuclear and safety analysis of MSRE design, planning of its experimental program, and oversight of computer programming for on-line data acquisition and processing to monitor and recording nuclear performance. During MSRE operations from 1965 to 1969, Mr. Engel managed nuclear and mechanical analysis of the reactor system and select components, and was responsible the documentation of results; this role included safety analysis and experiment planning for 233U operation, and documentation of methods and results. Following the MSRE shutdown, from 1969 to 1973 Mr. Engel was responsible for final analysis and documentation of MSRE operations and participated in continuing design studies of molten-salt breeder concepts. From 1974 to 1976, Mr. Engel managed the component technology development program (notably CSTF, GSTF*, pumped test loops), and contributed to the new program plan for future MSBR development.
After the shutdown of the MSR program at ORNL, and from 1976 to 1980 and in response to DOE requests, Mr. Engel managed and participated in the development and preliminary characterization of MSR burner concepts that offered potential for enhanced nuclear proliferation resistance from the use of low Uranium-enriched fuels and the employment of limited fuel reprocessing. He was responsible for a comparative analysis of such MSR burner concepts with other competing system concepts, and for responding to ad hoc inquiries regarding these and other MSR concepts.
Mr. Engel received a BS/ChE, University of Toledo (Ohio) in 1953 and is a graduate of the Oak Ridge School of Reactor Technology (“ORSORT”). Subsequently he has undertaken additional graduate work in Nuclear Engineering at the University of Tennessee.
* Coolant Salt Technology Facility, Gas Systems Technology Facility
- Ray O. Johnson, PhDFormer Chief Technology Officer of Lockheed Martin
Dr. Johnson served for nine years as Senior Vice President of Corporate Engineering, Technology and Operations, and Chief Technology Officer of Lockheed Martin Corporation. Lockheed Martin is a Fortune 100 company, with annual revenues exceeding $45 Billion, and employing over 116,000 personnel worldwide. Dr. Johnson was responsible for over 72,000 personnel working on over 4,000 programs that provide the nation’s most vital security systems. Prior to his role at Lockheed Martin, Dr. Johnson spent ten years in senior executive roles with Modern Technology Solutions Inc and Science Applications International Corp – both large defense contracting companies.
Dr. Johnson has been invited to speak at the World Economic Forum from 2009 to 2014, and he has provided expert testimony to the United States Congress. He is a much sought-after speaker on business, strategy and innovation.
Dr. Johnson served as an officer in United States Air Force for 12 years. He received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology.
- Regis Matzie, PhDFORMER CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER OF WESTINGHOUSE
Dr. Matzie, was Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Westinghouse Electric Company, LLC, responsible for all Westinghouse research and development undertakings and advanced nuclear plant development. Previously, Dr. Matzie was responsible for the development, licensing, detailed engineering, project management, and component manufacturing of new Westinghouse light water reactors. Prior to this, Dr. Matzie held various management positions in ABB Combustion Engineering (CE) and its predecessor organization CE. Dr. Regis A. Matzie retired from Westinghouse Electric Company, LLC, on July 1, 2009. Since that time, he has been providing technical consulting services to the international nuclear industry. He works extensively with the U.S. DOE, including the Nuclear Energy Advisory Committee (NEAC) and two of its subcommittees. In addition, he lectures and consults with several universities on curriculum development and nuclear technology topics.
His 35-year career in the commercial nuclear power industry has been devoted primarily to the development of advanced nuclear systems and advanced fuel cycles, and he is the author of more than 125 technical papers and reports on these subjects. After graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy, Dr. Matzie served in the U.S. nuclear submarine program for five years and followed this with twenty-five years of service in the Naval Reserves, retiring as a Captain.
He is currently working with MIT, UC Berkeley, U Wisconsin, Texas A&M, and Georgia Institute of Technology. He is also providing consulting services to Idaho National Laboratory (Accident Tolerant Fuel and LWR RD&D programs) and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (US High Performance Research Reactor Independent Strategic Review). In addition, Dr. Matzie is a member of the Canadian National Laboratory Science Advisory Board.
Power Utility and Industrial
- Fred Buckman, PhDFormer President Shaw Group
Fred Buckman’s career spans four decades and a long list of executive positions and accomplishments. Dr. Buckman’s past positions include the following: President of Power Group of Shaw Group Inc. During his tenure, he oversaw Shaw’s premier capabilities in the fossil and nuclear power industry; Managing Partner of Brookfield Asset Management Inc., where he was responsible for the utility sector; In 1999, he founded and was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Trans-Elect Development Company Inc, which became the first independent transmission company in North America. He continues to serve as Chairman; President and Chief Executive Officer of Powerlink Transmission Company, a joint venture between Trans-Elect and Pacific Gas and Electric; Chief Executive Officer and President of PacifiCorp from 1994 to 1998, where he transformed the company from a regional utility to a significant national and international energy company. PacifiCorp was sold to MidAmerican Energy in 2005 for $5.2 billion; President and Chief Executive Officer of Consumers Energy Co., (also known as Consumers Power Company), utility subsidiary of CMS Energy from 1988 to 1994.
Dr. Buckman continues to hold several directorships of leading energy companies, including: SPG Solar, Inc. (Executive Chairman); Gradient Resources Inc. (Chairman); Oregon Health & Science University (Chairman); General Fusion Inc.; Standard Insurance Company, a subsidiary of StanCorp Financial Group Inc.
Dr. Buckman is the Adjunct Professor of Nuclear Engineering at University of Michigan. He completed Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program in 1982. He received his Bachelor of Science Engineering from University of Michigan. He received his PhD in Nuclear Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
- Thomas Drolet, MScNuclear Technology, Chemical Engineering
Mr. Drolet has a 43-year career in many phases of energy production and predominantly in nuclear energy (3/4th of his career) although with a more recent focus on Natural Gas Generation, Coal Generation, Hydroelectricity Generation, Geothermal Energy, and Distributed Generation; all include commercial aspects, R&D, engineering, operations, marketing and consulting.
Mr. Drolet spent 26 years with Ontario Hydro in various engineering, research and operations functions (predominately Nuclear Energy). He formed and headed Canada’s R&D program into fusion (CFFTP) in 1982 and then moved into international commercial work with Ontario Hydro International, a spin-off of the world’s fourth largest electrical utility, where he was named President and CEO in 1993. Mr. Drolet was then appointed Managing Director of American Electric Power Co., Canada, and President of Canadian Energy Opportunities Inc., where he was involved in mergers, acquisitions and other consulting activities in the Canadian and US power sectors. He then joined DTE Energy Technologies as their head of International Business for Distributed Generation products. More recently, he has worked in the renewable Geothermal Energy field as the President and CEO of Western GeoPower Inc., undertaking electricity project work in Canada, the USA, Chile, Peru and (as a consultant) in Kenya, Africa. Most recently he was appointed President and CEO of GreenWell Renewable Power Corp in September 2012; GreenWell is involved in an innovative method of generating electricity from geo-pressurized abandoned oil and gas wells in the USA and Canada, and eventually internationally.
Mr. Drolet was present at Chernobyl, Ukraine soon after the accident in 1986, at Three Mile Island and has been interviewed on television about Fukushima several times since the earthquake/tsunami/accident. He has given over 175 presentations on nuclear energy over the last 25 years and continues consulting in most sectors of energy worldwide. He currently serves on two boards in the energy field (Canada and USA).
Mr. Drolet has a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Royal Military College of Canada, a Masters of Science degree in Nuclear Technology/Chemical Engineering and a DIC from Imperial College, University of London, England.
- E. James ReinschFormer President Bechtel Nuclear
Mr. Reinsch ranks among the most distinguished and capable executives in the field of nuclear power project management. During his forty years with Bechtel, he directed the company’s global nuclear operations for eight years, presided over Bechtel Canada Company, and managed large regions in the United States and Southwest Asia. Mr. Reinsch served as the President of the American Nuclear Society in 2005/2006. He was a member of the board of directors of the Nuclear Energy Institute, as well as a member of their executive committee. Mr. Reinsch currently serves on the board of directors of Duke Energy, the largest power utility company in the United States. Duke owns and operates eight nuclear power stations. He also serves on the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation’s (ENEC) committee on nuclear power, reporting to the board of directors. ENEC currently has four nuclear power reactors under development.
- Julian Kelly, PHDChief Technology Officer, Thor Energy
Dr. Kelly serves as CTO of Thor Energy and in this capacity has been instrumental in the design and planning of a commercially focused irradiation testing and qualification program for an innovative thorium-plutonium ‘MOX’ fuel. This work is currently underway in the Halden material test reactor in Norway. Thor Energy is a subsidiary of SCATEC, a Norwegian renewable energy and advanced materials group, and is the majority sponsor for this project. Dr. Kelly chairs its steering committee.
Prior to this Dr. Kelly worked for seven years as a scientific analyst and advisor in the Australian Department of Defense and for the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organization (ANSTO). In these roles he applied his chemical and material science expertise to problems and issues concerning nuclear proliferation, nuclear energy applications and radioactive waste management. In 2004 Dr. Kelly was posted to the Australian Embassy in Vienna as Nuclear Attaché covering the technical programs of the IAEA.
Dr. Kelly is a Materials Scientist by training. He holds a BSc (Hons.) from the University of Adelaide and a Ph.D. from the Australian National University. He has an extensive network within the nuclear industry.
- Jeffrey Merrifield, JDLegal Advisor to the International Advisory Board
Mr. Merrifield was appointed by President Clinton and reappointed by President Bush to serve on the five-member, Senate-confirmed, independent United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission. During his tenure, which was from October 1998 to June 2002 and from August 2002 to June 2007, the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission had a staff of 3,250 employees with a budget of $900 million and set all policies and rules that govern the safe and secure use of nuclear materials at the 104 U.S. nuclear power plants operating at that time.
Mr. Merrifield was the Senior Vice President of Global Business Development with CB&I’s Power Business Unit. While there, he led a team of twenty-five sales and proposal staff to develop and win over $1.5 billion in annual sales. Prior to that, he was Senior Vice President for The Shaw Group, Inc.’s Power Group. As a member of the Power Group’s executive team, he was responsible for overseeing the group’s external relationships including nuclear business development, customer relations, strategic planning, marketing and communications, as well as government and regulatory affairs.
Mr. Merrifield has published numerous articles, and has appeared on numerous network television interviews, including CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, NBC, FOX, BBC, Bloomberg and ABC. He received his Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University, and his BA from Tufts University.
- James CameronFounder and Former Chairman of Climate Change Capital
Mr. Cameron is the chairman of the Overseas Development Institute, UK’s leading independent think tank on international development and humanitarian issues. He is also a member of HM Treasury’s Infrastructure UK advisory council, a unit of the UK Treasury that works on the UK’s long-term infrastructure priorities and secures private sector investment. He was a founder and non-executive Chairman of Climate Change Capital from 2004-2015, an environmental asset management and advisory business that advised and invested in companies driven by the financial rewards associated with sustainable, low carbon growth. Prior to CCC, Mr. Cameron was Counsel to Baker & McKenzie and was the founder and the head of their Climate Change and Clean Energy Practice. He has spent much of his legal career working on climate change matters, including negotiating the UNFCCC and Kyoto Protocol, and has appeared in several of the leading cases in international and environmental law. Mr. Cameron has also served as an advisor, board member and chair on over 10 prominent climate change councils, projects, and institutes internationally.
Mr. Cameron has held academic positions at Cambridge, London, Bruges and Sydney and is currently affiliated with the Yale Centre for Environmental Law and Policy. He was educated at University of Western Australia, University College London (LLB), Queens’ College, Cambridge (LLM), and Inner Temple (called to the Bar 1987).
- Travis BradfordColumbia’s School of International and Public Affairs
Travis Bradford is the Director of the Energy and Environment Concentration at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs. He is also a full-time Professor of Professional Practice at Columbia University, teaching energy and natural resource markets and innovation at SIPA, CBS, and the Earth Institute.
Travis is also the founder and president of the Prometheus Institute for Sustainable Development, a nonprofit organization focused on harnessing the power of the business sector to develop cost-effective and sustainable solutions in technologies, including energy, water, food, and recycling. Through the Institute, he helped launch many organizations, including Greentech Media and the Carbon War Room.
Previously, Travis has been a professor at the University of Chicago and Duke University MBA programs, and has lectured on finance, entrepreneurship, and alternative energy economics at many leading universities in the U.S. His published works include “Solar Revolution: The Economic Transformation of the Global Energy Industry”, in addition to dozens of global market research reports on all aspects of the energy industry.
Travis earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Georgia State University in 1992 and an MBA in 1996 from the NYU Stern School of Business. In 2006, he received an MPA degree from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He has previously worked at the Federal Reserve, as a partner at various public and private equity investment firms, and as a board member of numerous publicly traded, private, and non-profit firms in the US and abroad.
- Ben HeardCorporate Sustainability Expert
Mr. Heard is a leading voice for nuclear power as an essential part of the climate solution. He is a principal of Australian-based consultancy, Think Climate Consulting, and popular analyst and commentator through Decarbonise SA, where he provides research, analysis, and strategy development in sustainability and climate change to the private sector. He has advised large corporations on a range of climate, sustainability and stakeholder consultation challenges. Mr. Heard has taught sustainability and climate change at University of Adelaide, where he is also pursuing his PhD in Clean Energy Systems and Advanced Nuclear. Mr. Heard has a Masters in Corporate Sustainability Management from Monash University in Victoria, Australia.
- Christine Todd WhitmanFormer Administrator of the US EPA
Ms. Whitman served in the cabinet of President George W. Bush as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency from January of 2001 until June of 2003. She was the 50th Governor of the State of New Jersey, serving as its first woman governor from 1994 until 2001. Ms. Whitman serves a number of non-profit organizations, including the following: co-chairman of the Clean and Safe Energy Coalition (CASEnergy); head of the Trustees’ Executive Committee of the Eisenhower Fellowships; chairman of the American Security Project, and; member of the Advisory Board of the Corporate Eco Forum. In the for-profit sector, Ms. Whitman serves on the Board of Directors of Texas Instruments Inc., and United Technologies Corporation – both Fortune 500 companies.
- Robert Litterman, PHD
Dr. Litterman is prominent in the global institutional investment management community. He serves on the boards of a number of endowments and financial services companies.
Dr. Litterman is a founding partner of Kepos Capital and the Chairman of its Risk Committee. Prior to founding Kepos Capital in 2010, he enjoyed a 23-year career at Goldman, Sachs & Co., where he served in research, risk management, investments and thought leadership roles. He was named a partner of Goldman Sachs in 1994 and became head of the firm-wide risk function. During his tenure at Goldman, Dr. Litterman researched and published a number of groundbreaking papers in asset allocation and risk management. He is the co-developer, with Fischer Black, of the Black-Litterman Global Asset Allocation Model, a key tool in investment management, and has co-authored books including “The Practice of Risk Management” and “Modern Investment Management: An Equilibrium Approach”.
Dr. Litterman earned a PhD in Economics from the University of Minnesota and a BSc in Human Biology from Stanford University. He serves on a number of boards, including Commonfund, where he was elected Chair in 2014, Options Clearing Corporation, Resources for the Future, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Sloan Foundation and the World Wildlife Fund.