Our Story

Deep Isolation was founded through a passion for environmental stewardship, scientific ingenuity, and American entrepreneurship. A remarkable team of experts has been brought together to lead the way in addressing nuclear waste disposal.

Deep Isolation Founders and Officers

Deep Isolation Leadership Team

Deep Isolation Team of Experts

Steve Mosher, Director for Asia/Pacific

A scientist at Berkeley Earth, Moser has written and maintains several R-packages devoted to analyzing temperature and climate data with open source tools. He has recently transitioned to the consumer sector and specializes in bringing new technology to market.

Jim Hamilton, Senior Advisor Community Engagement

A principal at Stakeholder Capital Consulting, he assists companies across the energy spectrum manage stakeholder-driven regulatory and political risks associated with siting, permitting and operating energy infrastructure and decommissioning projects. Hamilton has over 25 years of experience in the public, private and NGO sectors throughout North, Central and South America. He has advised Entergy and Yankee Atomic Electric Company on their decommissioning programs was the lead author of the Yankee Rowe Site Closure Project Plan and has advised the U.S. Department of Energy on its spent fuel management program.

Timothy (Tim) A. Frazier, Senior Advisor Government Affairs

With over 28 years of experience in nuclear energy, including 23 years with the Department of Energy and the Office of Nuclear Energy, he held senior DOE positions in nuclear energy and policy; nuclear space power; and, congressional, state, and local communications. Frazier is a recognized expert on the back end of the nuclear fuel cycle and was the Federal Officer for the President’s Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future.

Jim Voss, EurIng, FINucE, CEng, Advisor, Government Affairs

Mr. Voss is a senior nuclear engineer and the President of the Terra Verde Group of Companies.  Mr. Voss has managed radioactive, solid and toxic waste management programs in over 20 countries.  He has extensive experience in the management of high-activity radioactive wastes.  He advised governments and companies on developing and implementing strategies and programs for radioactive waste management and decommissioning.  Mr. Voss served as the General Manager of the President’s State Planning Council on Radioactive Waste Management during the terms of Presidents Carter and Reagan.

Jamie Rector, Senior Geoengineer

Founded and successfully sold three borehole geophysics companies to NYSE-listed companies. Also founded Berkeley GeoImaging, which developed and currently manages oil and gas assets in the Midcontinent, Rockies, and Gulf of Mexico. Rector been a Senior Consultant to BP, Chevron, and Unocal on borehole seismic technology and is the founder of the oil and gas PE fund (Berkeley GeoImaging). He has raised over $80 million to drill boreholes for oil and gas throughout the United States.

Joe H. Payer, Corrosion and Reliability Engineer

An internationally recognized expert in corrosion mitigation, materials performance and reliability, and performance assessment. Chief Scientist Emeritus for the National Corrosion Center. Payer played a key role in the analysis of materials performance for the long-term disposal of spent nuclear fuel at Yucca Mountain and provided technical input to the DOE’s Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste. He is past president of NACE International, a Fellow of ASM International, and has received the ASTM Sam Tour Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Development and Evaluation of Corrosion Testing Methods.

Stefan Finsterle, Hydrogeologist

Founder of Finsterle GeoConsulting, he is the main developer of the key iTOUGH2 simulation-optimization framework and is the co-developer of the TOUGH suite of nonisothermal multiphase flow and transport codes used by the U.S. government and others to analyze underground flow. Stefan has worked with nuclear waste agencies and private industry in the United States, Europe (Nagra, Switzerland; SKB, Sweden; Posiva, Finland; RWM, UK), Asia (KORAD, Korea; CNNC, China), and the United Nations (IAEA).

Jenelle McCardle, Executive Assistant to the CEO

With over 17 years of administrative experience in the energy industry, McCardle is an expert in supporting C-level executives and project and office management in fast-paced, high-pressure environments. She spent 12 years as an EA at several facilities for Tesoro Corporation (now MPC). McCardle previously worked 5 years at Par Pacific Holdings, Inc., successfully supporting five C-level executives for which she was promoted to Office Manager with supervisory responsibilities.

Judy Lamana, Community Outreach Coordinator

A seasoned entrepreneur who founded and then sold a successful publishing business, Lamana devotes her time to environmental organizations and the study of climate change science.

Dan Ma, Intern

Dan is an advocate for environmental progress and justice. He worked on youth-organizing campaigns with Congressman Lou Correa, represented student voices to the Westminster City Council, and connects Berkeley’s student community to environmental issues through the Associated Students of the University of California.

Mike McBride, Legal Counsel

His practice is focused on litigation, arbitration, mediation, and negotiations involving transportation, energy, and environmental issues, as well as nuclear regulatory matters. McBride’s clients have included electric utilities, the American Petroleum Institute, and Edison Electric Institute.

Community of Advisors

Robert Budnitz

Involved with nuclear reactor safety and radioactive-waste safety for many years, Budnitz was with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory where he worked on nuclear power safety and security and radioactive waste management. He also served as a Senior Technical Advisor to the Director of the Yucca Mountain Project.

Steven Chu

Nobel Prize winner in Physics, 12th U.S. Secretary of Energy, former Director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Dr. Chu is currently Professor of Physics and Professor of Molecular and Cell Physiology at Stanford University. Chu initiated ARPA-E (Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy), created the Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future, published 260 papers in physics, biophysics, biology, biomedicine, and batteries, and holds 10 patents.

Clay Collier

With expertise in communication architecture and software development, he has established himself as a leading player in both the geospatial and energy markets. Collier is also a Mentor at SkyDeck Berkeley, which was one of the first research university startup accelerators developed to foster entrepreneurial excellence.

Ed Feulner

Founder and former president of The Heritage Foundation. He holds a Wharton M.B.A. and Edinburgh Ph.D. in Political Science. A syndicated columnist, Feulner is the author of nine books and has received numerous awards for contributions to U.S. and world public policy, including the Presidential Citizens Medal from President Ronald Reagan.

Will Glaser

Founding CTO/COO of Pandora Media (NYSE: P). CEO of Grabango, a company using computer vision and machine learning in consumer applications. Glaser focuses on the solutions sought by users in data-intensive industries and was recognized by Microtimes magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in high-technology.

David Hoffman

Communications innovator (a winner of the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Award) who has made 176 prime-time television documentaries and won 8 Emmys. He has served as communications consultant to C-Suite executives at AT&T, Google, Amazon, Sony, Verizon, and Fidelity. Hoffman’s clients have included startups subsequently acquired by Liberty Media, Amazon, Unicom and Boeing. Hoffman is a 15-year TEDster and has twice spoken at the annual TED conference.

Shaun Maguire

Partner at Google Ventures as an entrepreneur, investor, and scientist with a broad and eclectic background. As an investor and adviser, Maguire has worked with companies building everything from quantum computers to self-driving cars.

Daniel Metlay

Dr. Daniel Metlay is an independent researcher working on a monograph exploring the technical and institutional challenges of developing a deep-mined, geologic repository for high-activity radioactive waste. Until recently he was a long-time member of the Senior Professional Staff of the U.S. Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board, an independent federal agency charged with evaluating the technical and scientific validity of the Department of Energy’s high-level radioactive waste management program.   Earlier in his career, Dr. Metlay worked in the Carter White House and with the Secretary of Energy on radioactive waste-management issues.

Arno Penzias

Nobel Prize winner in Physics who co-discovered cosmic microwave background radiation, which helped establish the Big Bang Theory of cosmology. Dr. Penzias headed Bell Lab’s research organization and served as the company’s Chief Scientist. He joined New Enterprise Associates in 1997 and continues to work there as a Venture Partner.

Per Peterson

Nuclear Engineering Professor at UC Berkeley. His research focuses on problems in energy and environmental systems, including high-temperature reactors, high-level nuclear waste processing, and nuclear materials management. Peterson served as a member of the Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future that provided a national framework for the nuclear waste management strategy.

Scott Tinker

Internationally renowned energy expert and public speaker, Dr. Scott W. Tinker is director of the Bureau of Economic Geology, the State Geologist of Texas, a professor holding the Allday Endowed Chair in the Jackson School of Geosciences at The University of Texas at Austin, and director of the Advanced Energy Consortium. An AAPG Halbouty Leadership Medalist, GCAGS Boyd Medalist, and a Fellow of the Geologic Society of America,  Dr. Tinker has given over 700 invited and keynote lectures in nearly 60 countries. He is co-producer and is featured in the acclaimed documentary, Switch and is currently working on a sequel focused on energy poverty, SwitchOn.